Contact Improvisation Class and Jam NOV 2013

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Contact Improvisation

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Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)
Instructor for November: Carol Swann

Jam: 8:00-11:30PM
$15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both
Passes: $15 for 4-Week Jam, $55 for 4-Week Class, $65 for 4-Week Class and Jam

The Contact Improvisation Class and Jam takes place EVERY TUESDAY year-round at CounterPULSE. The class is sequential, but drop-ins are encouraged. The best learning experience comes from trying out the styles of at least 3 of our monthly teachers. CI deepens your flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, and choices for contemporary partnering. Explore the discipline and play of this dance form with both class study and jam practice. The jam is a no-music (quiet) jam. We recommend taking class before attending your first jam.

Going Slower to Speed Up – The Somatics of Contact Improvisation Class Description

As a long-time Contact Improvisation practitioner and teacher (since 1977) injured both on and off the dance floor, I continue to return to the form.  This course reflects my interest in exploring Contact from the perspective of studying micro movements (or deep Somatic principles) to support the larger macro movements (full weight bearing and weight lifting).  Taking time to study ones inner body connectivity can facilitate an ability to speed up the learning process therefore bringing astute awareness to a wider range of desired movement choices be they larger, smaller, faster or slower.

My journey as a chronically injured dancer has lead me to train in several Somatic Systems.  Principles from these systems, which help re-educate habitual movements patterns and intervene in the chronic injury process will be incorporated into this workshop.  They include: Body-Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Release Technique and Authentic Movement.  We will focus on sensing, feeling, mobility, stability, organ rolling, walking, falling through kinetic chains, and many other movement interactions with a consciousness of comfort, perception, ease, fun and self-education.  We will work primarily with ONLY partial weight exchange.  Everyone welcome.

For more information about classes and the jam, click here.

To read Carol’s bio, click here.


November 5, 2013
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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