People — teaching, performing, or otherwise involved in Contact
CONTACT: Amy Impellizzeri, 831.227.1911, ,
Permalink — Updated: Jul 10 2009
Maxima Kahn
Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA

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.

CONTACT: Maxima Kahn, 530-273-3566,
Permalink — Updated: Jun 26 2009
Los Angeles, CA USA

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.

CONTACT: Jeff Ali, 310-439-9087, ,
Permalink — Updated: Mar 15 2017
PO Box 241193, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA

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 ( 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 (, 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 ( and teaches private Contact Improvisation and Dance workshops.

Take a look at all the classes Jones teaches at

CONTACT: Jones Welsh, 818-618-4772, ,
Permalink — Updated: Jan 04 2012
Oakland, CA 94608 USA

CONTACT: Rene Alvarez, 415-637-2750, ,
Permalink — Updated: Apr 05 2012
151 Santa Rosa Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 USA

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.

CONTACT: Harmony Gates, 5102927067, ,
Permalink — Updated: Mar 28 2014
Stephen Schiller
Oakland, CA USA

I currently run the Saturday CI jam in Berkeley, California, USA. I have also helped organize the WCCIJam (in the same location) since 2013.

CONTACT: Stephen Schiller,
Permalink — Updated: Jul 11 2017
2811 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104 USA

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.

CONTACT: Cara Cadwallader, 760-758-8270, ,
Permalink — Updated: Nov 19 2009
1005 Market St, #411, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

CI Teacher, Curation Staff for WCCIF, tech and teaching staff at CounterPULSE/SF, Dance & Media Company: HumilitySwim.

CONTACT: Ali (sounds like "ollie") Woolwich, 415-255-9801, ,
Permalink — Updated: Jun 05 2009
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA
CONTACT: John Dowell, (831)428-5362 , ,
Permalink — Updated: Jul 26 2009
Charles Campbell
8020 Woodstone Ct., Sebastopol, CA 95472 USA

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.

CONTACT: Charles Campbell, 707-490-4877,
Permalink — Updated: Feb 18 2009
3055 Scotland St., los angeles, Silverlake, CA 90039 USA

Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist, Halprin Life-Art Process Facilitator, Continuum Movement teacher, Dancer

CONTACT: Daphne Georghiou, 415-652-6670, ,
Permalink — Updated: Nov 19 2010