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The School of Dance, Ottawa

April 14-16, 2006 - Easter Weekend

The Ontario Regional Contact Improvisation Jam 2006 is open to anyone, from anywhere on the planet, who is interested in contact improvisational dance. You don't even have to know where Ottawa, Ontario is to dance with us, we provide maps!

Skill Level

The jam is open to all; beginners and all skill levels are welcome. We will have introductory classes on Contact Improvisation for new and old beginners alike.

Venue: The School of Dance - 200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

The School of Dance, Ottawa

The Ontario Jam is hosted in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this year, in the studios of The School of Dance at 200 Crichton St., a few blocks north-east of downtown.

  • All dance studios have sprung black vinyl Rosco ("Marley") surface floors - bring dance socks if sliding is an essential part of your improvisation style.
  • The Rosco/Marley floors have been cleaned only with water and vinegar; no chemical products are ever used.
  • Filtered water is available from on-site water fountains - bring your own closed-mouth water bottles.
  • The building is accessible by public transit: The nearest Route 3 bus stops are near Crichton/Dufferin, with stop number schedules available by téléphone at 560-1000 ext.8765 (to downtown) and 560-1000 ext.7008 (from downtown). (The OCTranspo timetables and maps show the Crichton/Beechwood intersection, which is a few minutes walk from the School.)
  • Limited time (3 hour) neighbourhood street parking is available.
  • The whole building is a shoe-free environment - leave your street shoes at the door.
  • Only pure water is permitted in the dance studios - no flavours or essences please.
  • Only closed-mouth water bottles may be brought into the dance studios.
  • The School of Dance is a fragrance-free building.
  • Showers are available.
  • See photos of The School of Dance.

Google Maps Driving Times to 200 Crichton St., Ottawa, from:

See the note below the table regarding these driving times.

  • Cornwall ON: 1 hr 35 min
  • Potsdam NY: 2 hr 13 min
  • Montréal QC: 2 hr 39 min
  • Killaloe, ON: 2 hr 43 min
  • Kingston ON: 2 hr 45 min
  • Magog QC: 4 hr 31 min
  • Peterborough ON: 4 hr 41 min
  • Sherbrooke QC: 4 hr 45 min
  • Burlington VT: 5 hr 6 min
  • Ithaca NY: 5 hr 41 min
  • Rochester NY: 5 hr 43 min
  • Montpelier VT: 5 hr 53 min
  • Toronto ON: 6 hr 12 min
  • Quebec QC: 6 hr 13 min
  • Barre VT: 6 hr 13 min
  • Kitchener ON: 7 hr 31 min
  • New Paltz NY: 7 hr 39 min
  • Earthdance MA: 8 hr 9 min
  • Northampton MA: 8 hr 14 min
  • Brattleboro VT: 8 hr 29 min
  • New York NY: 9 hr 26 min
  • Boston MA: 9 hr 30 min
  • Detroit MI: 11 hr 10 min
  • Washington DC: 12 hr 23 min
  • Bonaventure QC: 15 hr 41 min
  • Halifax NS: 18 hr 41 min
  • San Francisco CA: 2 days 3 hours
  • Vancouver BC: 2 days 4 hours
  • Whitehorse YT: 3 days 10 hours
  • Juneau AK: 4 days 17 hours

Note: The above "Google Maps" driving times are quite generous. The bus company does the Ottawa/Toronto trip (given above as 6 hours) in less than 5 hours! Lucien and Ian drove Burlington/Ottawa (given above as 5 hours) in less than 4 hours 30 minutes with no speeding.

You can get explicit driving directions using the "To Here" feature of this online map.

Languages / Langues

We offer a language-agnostic bilingual (English/français) environment as best we can; volunteers to help connect the two languages during circles and workshops are warmly welcomed.

Nos voisins du Québec/Montréal sont chaleureusement invité(e)s.

Food / Menu / Health / Allergies / Safety

The Table Restaurant

Contact Person: Eileen

Bring your own washable eating utensils: plate, bowl, mug, cutlery and cloth napkin.

See a tenative weekend menu.

Vegetarian snack-type food will be provided throughout the weekend in a room adjoining the dance space. All meals are provided on-site. We will have bagels and cream chese for breakfast both days.

Saturday we will provide breakfast and lunch. The Table vegetarian restaurant will provide a vegetarian meal for supper.

Sunday we will provide breakfast and lunch.

Weekend Schedule / Horaire / Classes / Workshops

Pam Johnson picture Peter Ryan picture Elizabeth MacKinnon picture

Contact People: Lucien (téléphone) or Ian (email)

Arrival: after 6pm (18h00) Friday, April 14, 2006
Departure: after 3pm (15h00) Sunday, April 16, 2006

Let one of us know if you are arriving early and would like to help us set up ahead of the jam.

We are pleased to have Elizabeth MacKinnon and Kenneth Emig leading our Friday evening introduction to Contact Improv.

We are pleased to have Peter Ryan leading our Saturday afternoon workshop on "cooperative resistance and physical chess" - playing with giving and receiving support.

On Saturday Evening, contact improv will take place with live musicians Mike Essoudry - drums (mikeessoudry@hotmail.com), Ken Easton - kalimbas, kora and percussion (keaston@magma.ca), and Linsey Wellman - saxophones and flutes (linseywellman@hotmail.com).

We are pleased to have Pam Johnson leading our Sunday morning workshop:

Luscious Dancing: following kinesthetic desire. In this workshop we will engage in a deep exploration of the kinesthetic journey from breathing quietly on the floor to fluid dancing. Desire will be our guide. Breath and sensation will steer us. Imagination will be our fuel. Come on board.

We have a tentative weekend schedule.

Housing / Hébergement / Billeting / Hotels / Hostels / B&Bs

Contact Person: Mitsi

Billeting in area homes (before April 1)

Housing/billeting with friendly Ottawa/Gatineau/Aylmer residents is available. You dance with us; you live with us!

Fill out our Housing/Billeting Request Form before April 1. We will try to fill your late requests; however, space is limited and you may have to use paid accommodation.

Paid Accommodation - Hostels / Hotels / B&Bs

Google Maps gives you a list of accommodation in the area. You can try looking up words such as accommodation or hostel or hotel or B&B in the "Find Businesses" search box.

Registration / Inscription and Online Pre-Registration

Contact People: Lucien (téléphone, postal) or Ian (online/web)

Weekend registration: $75 CDN (after March 31 2006)
Inscription pour la fin de semaine : 75 $ CDN (après le 31 mars 2006)

At-the-door, drop-in, and partial registration fees:

  • Full three-day weekend: $75 (includes five meals)
  • Friday Evening Only: $15 (light snacks)
  • Saturday Full Day: $60 (includes three meals)
  • Saturday Morning and Afternoon Only: $45 (includes three meals)
  • Saturday Evening Only: $30 (includes supper)
  • Sunday Day Only: $30 (includes two meals)

To register by mail-in cheque, bank draft, or online credit card, proceed to the O.R.C.J. Registration Form.

Use the online Web form to pre-register (easiest for us); or, please print clearly these three things:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)
  3. Your area code and telephone number

on a cheque or bank draft for $75 CDN payable to:

Lucien Martineau
A-20, rue Ste-Ursule, Gatineau
Quebec, Canada J9A 1B6

Once you are registered, please read our Registration Letter. You will need to sign a Liability Waiver to dance with us.

Contact Jam Contact List and Organizing Committee

Photos of Eileen Ian Lucien Mitsi
What / s'Occupe de Who / Qui & EMail / Courriel
Food, health support, first aid, allergies, safety Eileen Scully, RN (English / français) +1-613-759-8177
On-line registration, webmaster, tech support, flyers, posters Ian ! D. Allen (English / français) +1-613-235-6216
(use email instead!)
Téléphone and Postal registration, finance, venue, music, food Lucien Martineau (français / English) +1-819-772-2692
Billets, housing, accommodation, volunteers, food Mitsi Cardinal (français / English) +1-819-682-5889
Pre-jam Volunteer Coordinator Jan Teevan  
Staff contact at T.S.O.D. Shara Weaver  
French Translation Michèle Matte  

Thanks to our Sponsors

These organizations assisted us to offer this dance weekend by providing us with free or discounted products:

The School of Dance
Our venue.
The Table Vegetarian Restaurant
Saturday supper meal.
SOL Épicerie Santé
Rice cakes, nut butters, dried fruit, juices and teas.
Monique Enright, SOL Épicerie Santé, 195 rue Principale, Gatineau, QC, J9H 6J8, 819 684-0512
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Dulse, wild nori, sesame crunch bars.
Bread and Roses Bakery
Vegan, wheat-free muffins, energy bars.
11 Beechwood, Ottawa, (613) 745-2087
La Soyarie
Soya burgers.
Les Produits Bio-Sphère
Veggie burgers, crackers, dessert puddings.
Les Produits Bio
Wild Oat / Avoine Sauvage
Muffins, bread.
Artisanal bakery, café, espresso bar.
817 Bank, Ottawa, K1S 3V7, Phone: (613) 232-6232
Wild Oat
The Wheat Berry / Le grain de blé
206 Main, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C6, Phone: (613) 235-7580
Émile Péloquin
Fruits et Légumes.
Saturday Evening Musicians
Mike Essoudry - drums (mikeessoudry@hotmail.com),
Ken Easton - kalimbas, kora and percussion (keaston@magma.ca),
Linsey Wellman - saxophones and flutes (linseywellman@hotmail.com)
The School of Dance, Ottawa The Table Restaurant SOL Épicerie Santé Maine Coast Sea Vegetables La Soyarie Logo Bread and Roses Logo Bread and Roses Logo

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