Contact Improvisation (CI) is a revolutionary, “formless” dance form first proposed and explored by Steve Paxton and others in the 1970′s. Emphasizing dynamic weight sharing with a partner, it has had a profound effect on the modern dance landscape and is considered both a social dance as well as a ground-breaking art form. Contact Improv appeals to both professional and non-professional dancers because of it’s wide range of potential for the moving body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Improvisation (CI) is a dance "form" in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation. Contact Improvisation is a form of dance improvisation and is one of the best-known and most characteristic forms of postmodern dance.
What is Contact Improvisation?
Yeah, but what's it like?
Some have described Contact Improv as a little bit like partner dance, wrestling, movement meditation, partner massage, and gymnastics all combined into a social art form. Ultimately, CI is an open and on-going inquiry into the body physics of movement in relation to self and other. In many ways it's up to you to define it on your own terms...and enjoy it in the way that works for you.
Can anyone do it?
Will it be fun?
Way fun. And challenging at times. Afterall, what's fun without a little challenge thrown in to spice things up?
What's it cost?
Prices vary depending on the offering. Typically though, classes average out at about $16 each. I teach committed series classes so you must sign up for a full series of six classes (that's $98 per series). There are no drop-ins. Trust me...this is the best way to learn.
I also teach workshops and intensives so those are priced accordingly.
Can I get private instruction?
Please come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing that you can move in. Jeans, belts, anything with buttons, jewlery, and such are not recommended. Water is good. So is your curiosity and willingness to try new things. We dance barefoot.
What do I wear, need to bring to class, etc.?
Private instruction is an extrememly effective way to grow your Contact skills and abilities. I take time to work with you in a focused way that attends to your individual needs. .
Sessions are $125 for an hour and a half lesson. You will begin by describing what it is you'd like to develop or "work on". Daniel will then craft a structure for the session in which you'll be dancing together, practicing, and reflecting on your progress. Contact me directly at (831) 239-0321 or email using the form on the "CONNECT" page of this website.
How do I sign up?
Just look on this page for the latest class or workshop and click to sign up!!
You can still join this series!
The Basics of Contact
a six week series
Jan 14 - Feb 18
Where: 418 Front St.
When: Tuesday nights 6:00 to 7:30pm
Cost: $98 (early registration online $93)
This series is specifically designed for those new or brand new to Contact Improvisation. A great opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of the form in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.
Learn/explore the following:
-- the 5 basic elements of CI
-- tips for moving freely and spontaneously
-- how to start and end dances
-- historical perspectives and contexts
-- safety and respect on the dance floor
-- ways to build curiosity and fun
I will only offer a "Basics" series once this year. If you've been curious, now is the time to join in! You must pay for the whole series and be able to take at least 4 of the 6 classes.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in. Please no jeans or khakis, bulky jewelry, watches, etc.
Remember to register ahead of time and save some bucks using the "Buy Now" button above!
Improve coordination and balance
Experience more play and spontaneity
Increase strength and agility
Gain confidence on the dance floor
Deepen your connection with others
Deepen your connection with self
Have fun while staying in shape
Build healthy reflexes and responses to the unexpected
Contact lessons are metaphors for your larger life
Join a welcoming, conscious community of movers