Contact Improv Class & Jam
CounterPulse is proud to host the longest running contact improv jam in the Bay Area! 25 years going strong. Each Tuesday evening features a focused or thematic class from 6:30PM-8PM followed directly by a jam, which lasts until 11:30PM. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both, and both are open for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The class and teacher rotates each month.
February Class: Precision Contact
Contact Improvisation is an improvisational dance form utilizing physical principles such as touch, momentum, gravity, friction, resistance, counterbalance, lifting and falling. Primarily practiced as a duet form, Contact trains the senses and reflexes to allow for nuanced communication through touch, and the playful interaction of weight and momentum in space. The dancers work at the speed of reflex, tuned to the speed of falling.
I’ll be teaching an accessible skills-based Contact Improvisation workshop for movers of all levels that want to increase the awareness and precision in their dance. We will address and practice 1) sustaining a clear point or points of contact. 2) the modulation of speed and pressure, 3) control during inversion, supporting and riding, 4) sensitivity to the floor, 5) integration of multiple foci, and 6) extending the variety of qualities in your dancing and your ability to move easily and intentionally between them. People of diverse physicalities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please contact me if you have questions or require particular access accommodations. firstname.lastname@example.org
 Paraphrased from Steve Paxton.
February Teacher: Jess Curtis
An art space for contact and improvisation, experimentation and inquiry. Tuesday nights jams are a focused forum for movers and shakers: experimentation is welcome, be it in physical, sociological, performative, or compositional realms. Each improvisor is responsible for their own choices. Each jam is cooked up by those who show up.
- Class: 6:30PM-8PM, Jam: 8PM-11:30PM
- All levels, including beginners
- Classes are drop-in, no RSVP necessary
- In the upstairs studio at CounterPulse, ring the doorbell for entrance
- $15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both