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2020 April – CANCELLED – Ontario Regional Contact Jam — ORCJ

To slow the spread of the COVID-19 "coronavirus" pandemic in Canada, we have cancelled the Ontario Regional Contact Jam 2020 . Refund details will follow.

2020 June 16–21 – 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 12th year!

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2021 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 in 2021. The actual date weekend is being selected by a vote on the facebook. 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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International Events (*)

(*) Not exactly Canada; but, close enough for improvisational purposes. See also the CI Global Calendar

Earthdance Jam

2020 March – CANCELLED – Earthdance Spring Equinox Contact Improv Jam

The Earthdance Spring Equinox Contact Improv Jam: is CANCELLED.

Earthdance has been closely monitoring news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The situation is evolving rapidly with new information available daily. At this point, when we are still early in the spread of the coronavirus, we have decided that it is best to cancel the Spring Jam. We struggled with this decision as we also see great value in offering a respite and opportunity for individuals to gather in community together, but ultimately felt that it was the best choice at this time of unknown. We greatly appreciate your continued support, care, and compassion during this time, and hope to see you on the dance floor in the future.

2020 June 20 – Global Underscore CI Dance Jam

The Global Underscore long-form Contact Improv Dance Jam takes place for four hours simultaneously, world-wide at 10am EDT (14:00 UTC) on Saturday June 20 in 2020. Follow the link for a location near you. You can find events in other communities on the facebook Global Underscore page.

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe.

The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable.

The practice—usually 3 to 4 hours in length—progresses through a broad range of dynamic states, including long periods of very small, private, and quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing.

2020 July – Earthdance Summer Contact Improv Dance Jam

June 30 to July 5 2020 – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Earthdance Umbrella Barn

The Earthdance Summer 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. Forest adventures and dances of all shapes and sizes bring fun for the whole family during this Jam. Through the week, we become a radiant community that can support one and all. Revel in the bounty and beauty of connection! All levels of experience welcome.

Earthdance’s annual Summer Jam is about abundance and play. One of the biggest events of the year, the Summer Jam averages 180–200 people and takes place across all corners of the land. Sunning, sauna-ing, quarry swimming, frisbee playing, tenting, resting on the earth, children squealing, packed and sweaty studio dancing, performances, bonfires, and all kinds of indoor and outdoor play...the Summer Jam invites a total, multigenerational celebration of life, family, and community. The Summer Jam is particularly geared toward anyone looking to experience a festival atmosphere, as well as to families looking for a variety of offerings to suit all ages. The Summer Jam includes a Youth Program available from 10am–1pm time each day for youth ages 1–16.

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!

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