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?
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.
a four week series
Apr 16 - May 7
Where: 418 Front St.
When: Tuesday nights 6:00 to 7:30pm
Cost: $65 (early reg online $60)
An incredible opportunity to learn from four experienced teachers in four successive weeks! Sample from a feast of CI perspectives as each teacher brings their own unique passion and approach to the table of Contact Improvisation.
-- Julie Oak (4/16)
-- Elio Scudieri (4/23)
-- Mona Cee (4/30)
-- Brynne Flidais (5/7)
I have curated this "movement buffet" for you to enjoy the delicious variety of these seasoned teachers. Think of each week as a nourishing course prepared for your enrichment and pleasure.
Open to all levels of experience. Some previous experience and a basic understanding of CI is needed, however. Not for those brand new to Contact. I offer a brand-new beginners series twice a year so look for that in the fall if you need an introductory course.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in. Please no jeans or khakis, bulky jewelry, watches, anything sharp or pointed, etc.
You must sign up and pay for the whole series. You must be able to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes. 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
UPCOMING CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, ETC.
UPCOMING CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, ETC.
What do I wear, need to bring to class, etc.?
Please come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing that you can move in. Jeans, belts, anything with buttons, jewlery, and such are not recommended (wear nothing sharp or pointy!) Water is good. So is your curiosity and willingness to try new things. We dance barefoot.
How do I sign up?
Just look on this page for the latest class or workshop and click to sign up!!