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Ontario Regional Contact Improv Jam

Canadian Flag   2011 May 13 - 15
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

$65 in March; $75 in April; $85 in May 2011
Cheques payable to "Ontario Regional Contact Jam" may be mailed to 18 Victor Ave, Toronto ON M4K 1A8.
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Toronto hosts the annual Ontario Regional Contact Jam 2011!

Bienvenue au jam annuel de l'Ontario!

A Contact Improvisation dance jam! Look at our fabulous weekend schedule.
Beginners and newcomers and all levels of dance experience welcome
  • Come with loose-fitting or yoga clothes and be prepared to dance in bare feet.
  • Want to learn Contact Improvisation? Come to our Contact Improv Beginner class.
  • For all languages - we'll do our best to provide translation.
Tanya Adam Dancing
  • starts Friday, 2011 May 13 at 6:00 pm
  • ends Sunday, 2011 May 15 at 4:30 pm
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sumptuous vegetarian feasts provided throughout the weekend. (Food help needed! See below.) We'd like to know who has food allergies that we should be aware of. We can't promise that we will accommodate all of them, but we will do our best. Also, we ask people to bring plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery with them to the jam.
Billeting (free housing) is available. (Billeting is also needed. See below.) Contact:
Weekend Schedule
Weekend schedule:
  • Arrive after 6pm on Friday, May 13, 2011
  • One floor devoted to a continuous, focused jam
  • Another floor with music, special classes, activities
  • Leave before 5:30pm Sunday, May 15, 2011
Guided warm-up led by Kathleen Rea opening 3rd floor jam. Late-night dj'd jamming with DJ Mischief and friends on 2nd.
Breakfast starts at 9am. Guided warm-up led by Catherine Lessard opening 3rd floor jam. Meanwhile, on 2nd floor: a Contact Improv Beginner class taught by Henry Wai (invite your friends; see below). One-on-one individualized learning. PIE and aLoft performance, discussion and participatory score. Evening talent show, followed by dance jamming with music provided by live musicians.
Breakfast starts at 9am. Guided warm-up led by Tanya Williams opening 3rd floor jam. The Toronto Sunday Jam continues uninterrupted in its fourth decade. Meanwhile, on 2nd floor: Authentic-movement-inspired contact improv: Dancing What Is So. Bodywork and healing arts.
(See the full Weekend Schedule for details.)
Special Events (see below)

$65 in March; $75 in April; $85 in May 2011
Cheques payable to "Ontario Regional Contact Jam" may be mailed to 18 Victor Ave, Toronto ON M4K 1A8.
Cost (all-inclusive weekend)
  • $65 if paid on or before March 31, 2011
  • $75 up to May 4 2011
  • $85 after May 4 2011
  • $5/hour for partial days at the jam itself
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Contact Improvisation Beginner Class

Very Basics Introduction - 11am Saturday 2nd floor


We never get BEYOND the fundamentals. We can only aspire to master them. - Mark Koenig

For people who are completely new or fairly new to contact improv, the Ontario Regional Contact Jam is offering a Very Basics Introduction to Contact Improvisation Saturday, May 14 from 11am to 12:30pm, 2nd floor, 805 Dovercourt Road (just north of Bloor).

The aim is to provide a fun, safe intro to some principles and practices for people to then begin dancing at the Jam that very weekend (and elsewhere).

The class is included as part of the Ontario Regional Contact Jam weekend admission. Guests not subscribed to the full weekend pay $10 for the class and may stay for any part of the jam at $5/hour. Come play with us!

Come with loose-fitting or yoga clothes and prepared to dance in bare feet. For more information about the intro class, contact the facilitator Henry Wai at or 416-913-8861.

Warm-Up with Catherine Lessard

Arriving Inside-Out - 11am Saturday 3rd floor

This 1.5 hour class will be an invitation to tune in and out gradually. A time to welcome body sensations, a time to acknowledge our physical relation to time, space and forces. A time to heat up the joints, cool down the mind, and gather our concentration and curiosity. A time to witness our excitement, judgements or disillusions as brain scenarios. A time to dive into body reality and prepare for a full day of movement and practice.

Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of dance improvisation and contact improvisation, since 2001. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson and Ray Chung. She also has experience in Body-Mind-Centering, Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp artistic vision and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine teaches and performs improvisation regularly in Canada, in USA and in Europe. Noticed performer in Now (2005), Une peu de vie... (2008), Seed/Semence (2009), Face-Back-Profile and Histoires Vivantes d'Outremer (2010), Catherine has also served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation (ACI) from 2007 to 2009.

2011 Open Planning Meetings

We're planning the next Ontario Regional Contact Jam May 13-15 2011. We invite all members of the Ontario contact community to join the planning group, already in progress. We'll be meeting next just after a Toronto jam:

Sunday, 2010 December 19 at 14h00 (2pm),
at 350 Rusholme Road, near Dovercourt, in Toronto.

In addition to all the regular organizational tasks, we're looking to clarify our overall scope and goals and set a budget.

We regularly accommodate out-of-town teleconferencers, so please let Charlie ( know if you would like to call in.

We want to plan our way forward in an open way with broad involvement from the Ontario CI community. So join us and help guide our common future.

If you'd like to participate, but can't come to meetings, call one of us, and we'll get you hooked in with the group:

Charlie, Michael, Ian, Tom, Miro, Carlynn, Tanya, Twyla ...

Talent: Reserved and Un-Reserved Performances

Contact Improv Tanya Adam Wall

We're having a talent show and possibly other performances. We're planning for most of the performances slots to be available for short (5 minute) spur-of-the-moment ideas right at the jam itself, but if you have a prepared piece you hope to fit in, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to accommodate. Contact:

Call for assistants, volunteers, and organizers

Contact: 416-427-2177

Help with Billeting
Can you offer billeting space for our out-of-town dancers? Billets bring their own sleeping bags and pillows; the jam feeds them; all you need to provide is a floor or sofa.
Help with Food
We are looking for volunteers to help with the cooking for the Ontario Regional Contact Jam. The work will be mostly prep work (slicing, dicing, food processor running...). Not hard and lots of excellent company!
Help with Help

We're organizing the 2011 Ontario Regional Contact Jam, May 13 - 15, 2011, in Toronto.

Contact Improv Logo We invite all interested and committed contactors to join in the creation of another awesome contact dance experience.

We're looking for help with all kinds of sub-projects: flyer design, advertising and promotion, specialty workshops, food preparation, billeting, set-up and clean-up, facilitation, talent show, music, budgeting, incorporation, and all kinds of stuff we haven't thought of and you have.

We'd like to invite members of the contact improv community throughout Ontario and neighbourhood to help us pull it all together. If you've got an idea of how you can contribute, please let us know. Contact one of us, and we'll get you hooked in with the group:

  • 519-749-0438 - Tanya Williams, Kitchener
  • 613-235-6216 - Ian Allen, Ottawa -
  • 416-427-2177 - Charlie Halpern-Hamu, Toronto

Daniel Lepkoff in Toronto May 9-13, 2011

In the five days immediately preceding the Ontario Regional Contact Improv Jam, you could attend Daniel Lepkoff's Making and Seeing Dance workshop in Toronto, May 9th to 13th, 2011. (This is a separate event with a separate admission fee.) This movement event takes place in the same building. Come visit Toronto and do both events, one after the other!

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