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 10:30PM. 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.
In Leralee Whittle’s contact improv class this December at Counterpulse she’ll teach by framing CI as both a platform for articulating forces of physics between bodies and the floor and as a relational dance practice in which activation of forces between bodies lead to deeper embodiment, heightened perception of space and authentically emergent entries to partnering. Her teaching includes tools improvisers can apply to “compositional seeing” while jamming or performing instant composition.
December Teacher: Leralee Whittle
Leralee Whittle trained in American, European and African dance genres and somatics in the SF Bay Area to Santa Cruz where she also engaged in a decade long collaboration with Nita Little in cross-genre ensemble improvisation and contact improvisation.
She currently generates performances and videos of J ((())) Y Sessions and tours as a dancer with collaborator of 12 years, musician/composer Paul Sprawl.
She teaches Instant Composition, J ((( ))) Y Embodiment and Contact Improvisation. She’s taught classes at Wayne State University, Detroit, FLOCK, Portland, OR, Sudstern Jam, Berlin, 418 Project, Santa Cruz, CA and The Cowel’s Center, Minneapolis.
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