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.