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.

September Class

For the month of September, Cookie will lead pre-jam improvisational experiments that aim to open awareness and possibility in your contact practice. Cookie is interested in the process of carving new pathways and working safely in the unknown, in addition to cementing fundamental contact skills like weight-sharing and falling. Cookie welcomes everyone to her class, no matter experience or ability.

September Teacher: Cookie Harrist

unnamed (4)Cookie has collaborated and performed in works directed by Sara Shelton Mann, Hana van der Kolk, Asher Woodworth, Julie Fox and others. During her years in Maine, Cookie was a prominent teacher in the Portland contact community, as well as a regular guest teaching artist at Bates and Colby Colleges. Cookie is a graduate of Marlboro College, where she first began her contact improvisation practice under Kristin Horrigan in 2010.


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-10:30PM
  • 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