March 25-27 (Fri-Sun) — Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The 2016 Ontario Regional Contact Jam
Jam régional de danse contact improvisation de l'Ontario 2016

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Join Us For a Weekend of Contact Improvisation

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Three days of contact improvisation on one entire floor of Canada's National Ballet School. Three beautiful studios with grand pianos in every room. Over 200 people to dance with.

Especially welcoming to new people, non dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities. The venue is completely wheelchair accessible. LGBTQ welcoming. No panda bears this year. Sorry.

For those who request ASL translation, attendant care, or have other accommodation requests, please contact by Friday, March 4, 2016 to increase the likelihood that we can make arrangements.

Register early and we should have no problem finding you a local host.

Find out how you can help with the jam.

Registration / Cost

For 3 days of jamming, including daily lunches:

If you register, you are welcome to bring family and friends to peek in and toe-dip.

We strongly encourage you to register for the whole jam, as that results in a deeper community experience for us all.

Please let us know at at if money is a barrier and we can make accommodations, including easy payment plans and hardship discounts.


We’ll make every effort to find you a local host. Register early and we’ll probably succeed. Last year, over 60 out-of-town guests were accommodated in local homes.

If you live in Toronto, consider sharing your home with those from away. Host someone or a posse of someones in your home.

Contact Dmitri at if you need, or can offer, housing.

Event Details

What: A contact improv dance jam! The ORCJ jam will feature workshops and special sessions.

When: Easter weekend, 2016. Friday, March 25: 9am - midnight; Saturday, March 26: 9am - midnight; Sunday, March 27: 9am - 6pm.

Full schedule here.

Who: Whether you are a newcomer or a veteran of theform, people of all abilities and all levels of dance experience are welcome. If you can get to Toronto from wherever you live, you're in the Ontario Region and we'll treat you like family! Bilingual English/français facilitation will be available.

How: Want to learn contact improvisation? During the jam, come to our beginner class. Come with loose-fitting or yoga clothes and be prepared to dance in bare feet. For all languages - we'll do our best to provide translation as volunteers permit. To support those who are sensitive to smells and odours, avoid scents or perfumes on you and your clothing, please! Come as you are!

Where: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St, Toronto. We have 3 wonderful, spacious dance studios.

Directions: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis is an 8-minute walk from Wellesley subway station (walk east to Jarvis St). The parking garage across the street from the venue is $5/day (bring change).

Food: Three vegetarian lunches provided, with vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options.

Connecting Through Contact Improvisation Dance: A Class for Complete Beginners

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To fully welcome people who are completely new or fairly new to contact improv, there will be a class right after opening circle to get you into the flow.

Friday, March 25 from 10am to noon. Doors open at 9am. Fully wheelchair accessible. If you require attendant care or have other accessibility needs, please contact Henry at or 647-771-6236.

The aim is to provide a fun and safe introduction so that you can then begin dancing at the Ontario Regional Contact Jam (and elsewhere). Come play with us!

Come to the intro with stretchy or yoga clothes (no zippers, buttons, or buckles) and be prepared to dance in bare feet. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or other scents, to support the health of those who are allergic.

Call for Ontario Regional Contact Jam Volunteers!

Contact us!:

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Help organize

We invite all members of the Ontario contact community to join this year's planning and volunteer group.

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.

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

In addition to all the regular organizational tasks, we're imagining the future of the Ontario Regional Contact Jam and how we can better support contact improv in Ontario.

We're looking for help with all kinds of sub-projects:

Share your home

Can you offer housing space for our out-of-town dancers? Can your parents offer space, or your friends, or your neighbours? Guest jammers bring their own sleeping bags and pillows and their sense of fun; the Jam feeds them; and you contribute your friendly hospitality and a bed, sofa, or perhaps a floor. If you have space to house out-of-town dancers contact us at

Reunión Regional de Contact Improvisación de Ontario, en Toronto

Venga a visitar a Canadá. Tres días de improvisaciones y clases. Un momento y un lugar para improvisar el movimiento en contacto con uno mismo, los demás y el medio ambiente.

Las personas con todo tipo de habilidades físicas son bienvenidas. El año pasado, más de 200 personas de todas las edades, formas y colores vinieron de todas partes de Canadá, los EE.UU. y alrededor del mundo, a moverse y a bailar. El sitio es totalmente accesible para las personas que tienen su movilidad reducida.

Usted puede inscribirse en para los 3 días de improvisación, con el almuerzo todos los días. Si se inscribe temprano, es probable que consiga hospedaje gratis.

Encontro Regional de Contato Improvisação de Ontário, em Toronto

Vem visitar Canadá. Três dias de jams e aulas. Um tempo e um lugar para improvisar o movimento em contato consigo mesmo, aos outros, e ao meio ambiente.

As pessoas com todas as habilidades físicas são bem-vindas. No ano passado, mais de 200 pessoas de todas as idades, tamanhos e cores vieram de todas as partes do Canadá, dos EUA, e do mundo enteiro, para mover-se e dançar. O local é totalmente acessível para as pessoas com mobilidade reduzida.

Pode-se registrar à para 3 dias de dança - incluindo almoço cada dia. Se inscrever-se cedo, não devemos ter qualquer problema em encontrar-lhe um hospede local, de graça.

Incontro Regionale di Contact Improvisation Ontario, a Toronto

Venite a visitare Canada. Tre giorni di jam e classi. Un tempo e un luogo per improvvisare movimento in contatto con se stessi, gli altri e l'ambiente.

Le persone di tutte le abilità fisiche sono i benvenuti. L'anno scorso, più di 200 persone di tutte le forme, di tutti i colori e di tutte le età provenienti da Canada, Stati Uniti ea livello internazionale per muoversi e ballare. Il sito è completamente accessibile alle persone con mobilità ridotta.

Iscrizione presso ( per 3 giorni di ballo - tra cui il pranzo ogni giorno. Se ti iscrivi presto, non dovremmo avere alcun problema a trovare alloggio gratuito con persone locali.