© 2013 by Daniel Mollner

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?

Typically classes are about $16 each. I teach committed series classes so you must sign up for a full series of six classes ($98 per series). There are no drop-ins.


I also teach workshops and intensives which range from $45 to $800 depending on the offering.

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.?

How do I sign up?

Just look to the column on the left for the latest class or workshop and click to sign up!!



New class series!

The Art of Play

an 8 week series

Tuesday nights

Sep 10 thru Oct 29


Where: The 418 Project

              418 Front St. in Santa Cruz

When: 6:00 to 7:30pm

             Tuesdays Sep 10 thru Oct 29

Cost:  $128


You can still join this series up until 9/24 as long as you can make 5 of the 8 total classes. Just come to class and pay and register with me there.

Contact Improvisation (CI) is a profound and compelling movement exploration. Simple in essence, it offers endless layers for exploration. Curiosity, fun, pleasure, presence, creativity, and surprise are all part of this dance "form". Learn powerful ways to play and improvise in this 8 week class series taught by Daniel Mollner. Perfect for all levels of experience.

Learn new ways to:

-- enjoy the pleasure of moving freely

-- delight in creative body impulses

-- embody character and story play

-- effortlessly source inspiration

-- surrender to the moment

-- experience more fun in your dances!


You can still join this series up until 9/24 as long as you can make 5 of the 8 total classes. Just come to class and pay and register with me there.

Contact      Improvisation


  • 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