I am learning contact dance and I can connect you with classes an jams in the area.
I host/facilitate/teach a weekly class and jam in Grass Valley, CA in the Sierra Foothills, which I've been leading since Fall of 2005. We have a wonderful, warm-hearted group of about 20, but only about 6-12 show up on any given night, mixed levels. I also bring out-of-town teachers in to lead weekend workshops, and I'm available to travel and teach workshops. I've been studying CI since something like 1989, always learning and growing and loving it, and bringing in elements from other movement studies. In my teaching I present CI as an art/dance form, an awareness practice, a tool for self-revelation and self-change, and a source of endless fun and discovery. My teaching focuses on deepening into the practice of CI through cultivating awareness, sensitivity, technique and individual exploration. I would love to teach at festivals or do a workshop in your community.
I’m a music composer, live-loop ambient artist, a multi-instrumentalist who works with creatives across several mediums weaving a tapestry of sound and music into the fabric of each unique creation I participate in.
Based in Los Angeles, CA I compose music for film, theater, and advertising. I often perform live with CI Los Angeles and other CI groups throughout SoCal including Long Beach CI Jam, Eastside Jam (Pasadena), and UCLA.
While mostly I work collaboratively with other teachers and facilitators, I have experience facilitating jams and I am available to lead a group interested in exploring contact improv.
Genres: Ambient, Blues, Classical, Electronic, Jazz Sacred, World
I’m currently open to opportunities anywhere in the World to perform and provide music for contact improv dance groups. I’m also developing a dance music film inspired by contact improv and the music that I’ve been sharing along the journey. Thank you for reading. If you or anyone you know has an interest in anything I’m working on please feel free to get in touch.
Jones Welsh is a performer, administrator, and arts activist. He received his degree in theatre and dance from the University of Washington in 2000, then founded 501©3 performing arts organization Making Faces Productions, which has now become Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble (www.notmanapart.com). As Managing Director and Associate Choreographer of Not Man Apart, Jones contributes to the company’s annual Flagship Productions (to date: Pericles Redux, Titus Redux, Hercules Furens) and co-produces the annual LA Improv Dance Festival and the Somatic Movement Arts Festival. Completing five years with Diavolo Dance Theatre (www.diavolo.org), he now collaborates with the Diavolo as an Artistic Associate, teaching and performing with the group across the globe. Jones works closely with many other LA based companies, including Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (formerly Collage Dance Theatre), Invertigo Dance Theatre, Intention Dance Theatre, Keith Glassman and Dancers, String Theory, Leonix Movement Theatre Ensemble, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and many more. In addition to teaching athletic modern dance at Universities and studios, Jones is also the Adult Program Manager at Broadway Gymnastics School (www.broadwaygym.com) and teaches private Contact Improvisation and Dance workshops.
Take a look at all the classes Jones teaches at www.joneswelsh.com
I teach CI to individuals, couples, groups and for organizations, by appointment or arrangement.
I am available to teach privately or through public classes and events.
I’ve been dancing and teaching CI for almost 20 years.
I also teach how to blend CI with Ecstatic or free-style barefoot dancing, as well as CI as a reciprocal bodywork modality.
I offer ‘Deep Contact’ Bodywork.
My studio for private lessons is located in Oakland, CA.
Please visit my website, and call to inquire if I can be of assistance to you.
Cara is a movement practitioner who shares the technical aspects as well as the therapeutic properties of the Contact Dance form with others. In her classes, she endeavors to share the magic of ensemble thinking while embodying a core belief in both the democratic and the improvisational natures of teaching.
Contacter since 1976. Former member of Mangrove, a CI-based performance collective in San Francisco, from 1977-80. Have taught in US, Canada, Europe.
Lived in Chicago, 1998-2005.
Since 2001, involved with GLACIER (Great Lakes Area CI Enthusiasts Retreat), as participant, teacher, and organizer.
Recently (2008) moved to Northern California.
I do teach, but no classes active at this time.
The Boulder Contact Lab is organized and facilitated by 8 Core Members – Victor Warring, Susan Coates, Lucien Renjilian-Burgy, Lindsay Sworski, Morgan Stanfield, John Caron, Jennifer Peck, and Jeffery Dann.
Feel free to contact us for any reason regarding the Boulder Contact Improvisation Lab on Sundays in Boulder.
Contact Improvisation, yoga and pilates teacher and somatic psychotherapist. Teaches ongoing classes and workshops in Boulder, CO, around the US and internationally. Member of Tumblebones Contact Improvisation collective.
Brittany Delany communicates enthusiastic curiosity and a strong work ethic. She is a choreographer, dancer, and writer. She will graduate from Wesleyan University in May ’09 with a double major in French Studies and Dance: Choreography & Performance.
Brittany is playful, daring, honest and funky—her movement reflects her personality. Her research in freestyle hip hop and contact improvisation challenges her questions about dance practice and performance.
She works as Associate Editor of the Dance section of Hot Stepz Magazine (www.hotstepzmagazine.com)—based out of Dorchester, MA. She contributes to Voice of Dance too (http://www.voiceofdance.com/v1/index.cfm)—based out of San Francisco, CA.
Committed to a love of the performing arts, Brittany seeks creative ways to connect dance/movement/community/choreography/expanding engagement with embodi(soul)ment.
Took class with Steve Paxton in NYC in 80ties., Island Movement in Maine, North Hampton at Smith and in W. Virginia with Washington D.C. crowd. I have been a bodywork therapist for 15 years and haven’t been dancing enough. I did do a Jam at studio near North Hampton when I was living at Kripalu in Lenox, MA. Would really like to contact. Gotta dance.
I wouldn’t want to do without contact improv – it’s an important part of my life.
Bekkah is one half of the creative duo, Turnip and Lillywhite – leading movement, film making, and photography workshops around the world.
Their film work has been seen at the Chicago Center for Art and Design. Currently they hold Contact Improv Jams in Jacksonville Beach, FL.
My explorations of CI are a refuge. This place keeps my reflexes and awareness alert. Allowing comfort, mystery, the strange and intimate to co-mingle. Intrinsic to the form is the potent meaning of connection to others, while sharing an experience of the principle dynamics of nature.
Teach contact improvisation at Nicole Cote School of Dance in Palm Bay, Florida. We meet every Wednesday morning from 10a.m. to noon to play and explore pathways of moving together. Experienced or novice, we welcome you. The cost is $12 per class.
I organize a contact jam in Sarasota south of Tampa and north of Ft. Myers from the start of January through late May, and sometimes October through December. Visit contactimprovfl.org, though it's hard to keep the times up to date since they change, so don't go by the site – be sure to email or call to check. Please sign up for the email list on the site as that is where we email current schedule info. I also give individual lessons for $20 at my house, or $30-$40 if I drive to meet you. I'm trying to start a barefoot boogie here as well. I run two nonprofits: www.dailysource.org and www.leastof.org. Please visit them if you're into high quality news or helping the poor.
David Lakein (Chicago/Berlin) has been dancing contact improvistion since 1988 on four continents. Known for inquisitive nature and experimental methods, he is a well-respected teacher dedicated to his students and a rigorous learning process. Central to how he conveys the joys and possibilities of the contact dance form is his extensive multi-layered and genre-crossing improvisation practice, embodying a range of research and performance approaches. An interdisciplinary artist, performer, organiser and writer, David studied Philosophy & Literature and Acting & Directing in college, Improvisation, Composition, Release-Technique and Anatomical Explorations in Berlin and at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and recently received his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He collaborates extensively with other artists, and performs-researches-teaches around the world.
Carl Rudman is a free-lance performer and dance educator based in Portland, Maine. He began dancing many years ago at the University of Maine at Farmington with Margaret Gould Wescott, who became a long time mentor and friend. Subsequently, he studied with a number of internationally known teachers and performers, including David Beadle, K.J. Holmes, Martin Keogh, Liz Lerman, Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Claire Porter, and Susan Schell among others. Carl performed, choreographed, and collaborated with the UMF Dancers for 11 years, and later danced for several years with Katenia Keller’s Flying Feet Dance Theater. He has served as Vice-President-Dance for the Maine Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) and has taught dance for the Bates College ArtSmart program, the Foothills Arts Center, the New England College Dance Festival, and at the University of Maine at Farmington. Most recently, Carl has been appearing on stage regularly in Southern Maine and has been on the faculty at New Dance Studio in Portland. He annually serves as an artist in residence for various Maine schools, and also offers self-produced classes, workshops, and dance jams around the state.
Carl Rudman shares his love of dance,improvisation and contact in Portland, Maine. Carl originally began dancing with long time mentor Margaret Gould Wescott and subsequently studied with a variety of internationally known teachers and performers, including David Beadle, K.J. Holmes, Martin Keogh, Liz Lerman, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Claire Porter, and Susan Schell. Carl has served as Vice-President-Dance for the Maine Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD), and taught at the Bates College ArtSmart Program, Foothills Arts Center, New Dance Studio, the New England College Dance Festival, and at the University of Maine at Farmington. He annually serves as an artist in residence for various Maine Schools and also teaches independently, offering classes, workshops, and dance events around the state.
Kristen Stake is a poet, dancer, and bodyworker. She has studied improvisation with renowned post modern dance artists Daniel Lepkoff, Barbara Dilley, Martin Keogh, Kirstie Simson, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Portland’s own Carl Rudman. She has an MFA in Poetry Writing from Vermont College and lived at Earthdance, an improvisational dance center in Plainfield, Massachusetts, for two years. She runs Studio 408 with a collaborative of artists where she teaches Contact Improvisation and hosts regular jams.
Teach Contact and Martial Improvisation. Have twenty plus years training and experience with Aikido, Contact Improvisation, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais movement and other body forms.
I am teaching workshops and classes in Boston, Western Massachusetts, the Northeast, and occasionally touring in the US and internationally.
I have been practicing, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation and other related work since 1983. I also have taught CI, Authentic Movement, Anatomy and Alignment, bodywork, yoga, and embodied leadership at dance centers, universities, festivals, high schools and through various programs.
He is currently performing with the Zany Angels Dance Theatre Company.
He is a also master bodyworker certified by Sensie Toshiko Phipps and Nationally Certified in 1993 and is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co., (Holyoke, MA, USA). As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves. He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com.
Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over three decades. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He has co-facilitated Teacher’s Conferences on four continents and is the author of The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as it Takes, and the recently released: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. More info at: www.martinkeogh.com Blog: http://sandgrainsintopearls.wordpress.com/
BFA Juilliard, MFA Bennington College. Felice is a dancer, choreographer and veteran teacher of Contact Improvisation. She has been teaching in the Five College dance department for the past thirteen years and has taught in many colleges and dance centers including The School for New Dance Development in Holland. Felice’s work combines investigations into Authentic Movement and Contemporary dance technique as well. She has collaborated with other artists including Nancy Stark Smith, Patrick Crowley and Daniel Lepkoff. Felice is interested in how dance can be instructional as well as healing and incorporate the whole self into its investigations.
James Martin is a student and teacher of mindful somatics living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a chief organizer of MOSI of Santa Fe, which organizes and holds mindful somatics sessions, classes, workshops and retreats in Santa Fe, New Mexico and environs. www.mindfulsomatics.org
MOSI has contact improv among its root inspirations.
Dancer/Choreographer/visual artist/new to contact improvisation classes
CI based movement studies embracing the liberating subtleties in flow/stillness, being present, transitions, relating, incorporation of sound/silence and visual material. Healing Arts.
Coordinator for Contact Improv in Ithaca, NY
Teach (in English or, Japanese) and perform Contact Improvisation. Searching for New Members who are interested in regular rehearsing in downtown New York City to perform. Kneepads in stock. Please email me for inquiry.
The contact community in Asheville is WONDERFUL. We have weekly jams, usually at the French Broad Food Coop (90 Biltmore Ave, 28801) but the location changes from time to time, so email me and I’ll let you know what’s going on. Once in a while we throw a weekend long jam here as well.
I explore and teach Contact Improv in Asheville and around.
Actor, Dancer, Director, Playwright, Producer, and sometime Singer. Learned the ropes under John Gamble and Marsha Paludan. Jamming for 15 years.
CI junkie, teacher, researcher, director, choreographer in the Wilmington, NC area. Developing a hybrid form of CI and theatre, currently dubbed Contact Theatre.
Eager to connect with other contacters in the New Hanover County area, and throughout SE North Carolina.
I am a contact performer and teacher. I am currently teaching Beginning Contact Improv and a class on Contact Improv in Performance at Oberlin College. I am particularly interested in contact improv as a language that can speak bounds about human beings. Contact can communicate directly without the need to translate, without mediation, it can speak directly to the core of being.
Teaching workshops, classes and series in Improvisational Contact Dance in the US and New Zealand for over 24 years, performing Improvisational Contact for same and teaching and performing Improvisational Dance and Theater for over 31 years throughout the US and Canada.
Paula Byrne is the product of a jazz drummer (father) and figure skater (mother). She spent her early years in ballet and modern dance, working as a professional dancer from 1981 to 1989. She left the dance world at the ripe old age of 27, realizing that a career based on expertise and appearance was short-lived.
It would be many years before she found dance again, this time, her own natural movement. She stumbled upon ecstatic dance in 1995 at Breitenbush Hot Springs, where Vinn Marti was hosting a workshop. That weekend changed her life forever. She knew she had found her calling and began her path as a movement teacher. She studied extensively with Gabrielle Roth and core 5Rhythms teachers and apprenticed with Vinn Marti from 1996 to 2002.
Paula was an Oracle Developer in the high-tech field for 20 years. She left that career in 2005 to devote herself full-time to her soul-work in assisting people to remember and reconnect to the body as a source of wisdom, pleasure and joy in the present moment.
Paula is the creator of OneDance™, a moving meditation based on the 7 chakras, and leads classes and workshops in Wild Grace™, Soul Motion, Contact Improv, Authentic Movement and Blindfolded Trance Dance. She is Owner and Director of SomaSpace, offering her studio to artists, dancers, writers, musicians and creatives as place to practice and present their craft.
researcher/teacher/performer of c.i. for 25 years, based in Portland, OR
I am an experimental dance artist, inspired by my studies of new dance, dance-theater, contact improvisation, and butoh. I'm also a bodyworker and use healing practices, such as body-mind centering, yoga and feldenkrais, as a source of creativity, inspiration and physical training. I research extended dance techniques, which are unique movements, individual to my particular body. I also develop teaching methods to help other dancers find their own extended techniques. Dance is a social art form and I'm a promiscuous collaborator. I'm mostly known for my collaborations with avant-garde musicians, particularly my duo with Andy Hayleck (When We're Older), but I also work with other dance, theater and visual artists. I have choreographed over 15 original dance works, and am also an avid improviser. I'm currently practicing free improvisation: dances without any predetermined plan. My work is always site-specific in that I seek to activate and enliven all spaces that I dance in, whether they are theaters, studios, homes, places of business or the outdoors. I also seek to connect audience members to their own embodied, corporeal experience with the immediacy and spontaneity of improvisation.
Angie Hauser is a dancer and teacher. Her work is grounded in improvisation and performance reflecting the influences of contact improvisation, postmodern choreography, ballet and Butoh. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company, where she contributes to the creation of award winning dance works that are performed throughout the United States. In 2006 Angie was awarded a BESSIE (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award) for Creation and Choreography for her work with Bebe Miller. As an improviser she has collaborated with many gifted artists including Chris Aiken, Kirstie Simpson, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has also danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi. She has taught contact improvisation, improvisation and dance throughout North America as well as Switzerland, Germany, France and Scotland. Angie received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History from University of South Carolina.
investigating ci since the mid 80s, i am still engaged and interested. what a fascinating journey it has been thus far. i teach ci at juniata college, where ci36 took place, and also enjoy traveling to teach, perform and dance at festivals. of course i have favorite partners, but isnt it wonderful when you have a great dance with someone you just met and will never see again? what a marvelous universal language. while in the moment of a dance, i feel like i am on the inside of physics—attuned, alert, and calm all at once, and yet there is something distinctly alive about the intimacy of even small, private shifts.
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST – Dance & Film
I teach a Contact Improv Class + Lab on Tuesdays from 7:45-10 pm
Clear Spring Studio (http://www.clearspringstudio.com/)
Member of local contact community. Currently seeking space to host weekly jam.
Kristin Horrigan has been practicing CI since 1998 and has taught across the east coast and midwest of the US, as well as in Germany and Argentina. Currently, she lives and teaches in southern Vermont.
Barbara Tait began studying contact improvisation with John Gamble in 2007 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and that training is still the primary informer of her approach to CI. She flickered in and out of the CI scene in Philadelphia, PA during the 5 years she lived there, and was fortunate enough to take class and jam with many wonderful practitioners. She recently attended a weekend intensive with Nancy Stark Smith in Washington, D.C. She currently resides in Blacksburg, VA where she and her collaborator Rachel Rugh teach CI.
Dancer, teacher, stilt-walker, visual artist, bodyworker and innovative-curiosity-seeker.
Co-organizer in Madison, Wisconsin CI community, active in GLACIER (Great Lakes Area CI Enthusiasts Retreat), CI teacher at University of Wisconsin, Madison and internationally.