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2019 April 19–21 – Ontario Regional Contact Jam — ORCJ

Ontario Regional Contact Jam – dance improvisation for every body

Toronto, Ontario

The annual Ontario Regional Contact Jam (ORCJ) happens in Toronto again this year, on Easter weekend 2019. We think it's the biggest Contact Improvisation Dance Jam in North America, with over 250 people attending over the three days. Follow the link for details.

Especially welcoming to new people, non-dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities.

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2019 June 18–23 – Big Heart Dance Camp

UniCamp of Ontario – Honeywood (west of Barrie)

Big Heart Happy People

The annual Big Heart Dance Camp is a multi-arts, intergenerational, weekend gathering of creative conscious community. Follow the link for details.

We welcome you to experience embodying your full creative self in a safe, supportive and playful environment. A wide array of dance, yoga, music, and other healing arts modalities are shared through playshops and evening events. Big Heart Dance Camp takes place at Unicamp, near Honeywood, Ontario. Beautiful hiking trails, forest, and a swimming pond invites you to take a dip. Meals are eaten in community, lovingly and mindfully prepared by our kitchen team. We invite you to join us in growing our creative, conscious community as we blossom into our 11th year!

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2019 June 29 to July 1 – Contact Dance International Film Festival

CDIFF in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Kathleen and Nils dancing on the sidewalk

The Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) returns to Toronto for its fourth season. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. The festival is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. Dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.

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International Events (*)

(*) Not exactly Canada; but, close enough for improvisational purposes.

2019 July – Earthdance Summer Contact Improv Dance Jam

July 2 – July 7 2019
Earthdance – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Earthdance Umbrella Barn

The Earthdance July 4th Contact Improv Jam: "Come play and experience the richness and beauty of yourself and others." Heavenly sights, sounds, and smells are all around; summer is on high at Earthdance. Fireworks, forest adventures, and dances of all shapes and sizes bring fun for the whole family during this July 4th Jam. Through the week, we become a radiant community that can support one and all. Revel in the bounty and beauty of connection! The Earthdance Family Committee organizes a structured children's program for several hours/day. All levels of experience welcome.

Summer is on high during this family-oriented Contact Improvisation Jam. Enjoy brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, fun and games, and dances of all shapes ans sizes. Revel in the bounty and beauty of 30 years of community collaboration! Includes programming for kids of all ages.

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2019 December – Earthdance New Years Contact Jam

December ?? 2019 – January ?? 2020 – Earthdance – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Winter Ice

The Earthdance New Years Contact Improv Jam: Frosted air, frozen ground, and blazing fires. As winter swirls outside, we come together on the dance floor to find new connections through Contact Improvisation, co-creating five days of magic, intimacy, warmth, and dancing celebration. Workshops, performances, bonfires, and nonstop jamming ring in the New Year with utter joy at our biggest Jam of the year. Bodies radiate heat, fog the windows, and co-create a weekend of magic, intimacy, and celebration.

This Jam tends to fill quickly, so register early!

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Experience steamy dancing in the umbrella barn overlooking a snow-filled meadow, a blazing New Year's Eve bonfire under bright winter stars, and rituals of renewal and promise. This is one of Earthdance's largest contact jam events – a dynamic, rich, and meaningful way to ring in the New Year, not to mention a great place to decompress after the holidays. If you're new to Earthdance or an old friend, please come join us. All levels of experience welcome.

The Jam is usually full by Thanksgiving (USA), so please register early.

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