Updated: 2018-12-11 14:57 EST

CI Dancers at the Ottawa jam: Ian, AnneMarie, Marcia

Contact Improvisation Dance

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Be "Interested", not "Interesting", and Embrace the Awkwardness!

Ian! and Karen – photo by Moti

Ottawa/Gatineau/Hull Events Summary

What is Contact Improvisation Dance?

Contact improvisation is a dance form that explores the physics of two (or more) bodies in motion. With an emphasis on gravity, flow, and spontaneity, you get to stand, breathe, fly, jump, roll, and tumble with other bodies.

In 2018 we have these recurring events in Ottawa/Gatineau (scroll down or follow the links for details):

Ian! and Eva – photo by John Barrett

Details are below.

The Ontario Regional Contact Improv Jam will be in Toronto all weekend March 30 to April 1, 2018. Follow the link for details. See Ian! about car pooling from Ottawa to Toronto.

CI Dancers at the Ottawa jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

2018 – Ottawa Saturday Contact Improv Dance Jams and Classes

What is Contact Improvisation Dance?

Contact Dancers Image - Alexis and Ken

A contact improvisation dance jam is an open play session for all levels of movers, from the total beginners to the high flyers.

Our Ottawa jams usually begin with an introduction to some of the basics of contact-improvisation, followed by an open dance jam. Classes adjust to the skill level of those present. All welcome! Come dressed to move.

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Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court almost every Saturday.

Most dance jams are adult-only dance spaces, but we do have occasional
"Family Jam" dance dates.  All Saturday events below end at 1:15pm (13h15).

    11:15am Sat December  15 2018 led by special guest Lola Ryan
    11:15am Sat December  22 2018 led by Frithjof
    .... NO jams during Christmas/New Year break ....
    Weekly jams resume January 12 2019
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Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court most, but not all, Saturdays.

CI jams are adult-only dance spaces, but we do have occasional
"Family Jam" dance dates.  All Saturday events below end at 1:15pm (13h15).

    11:15am Sat January   12 2019 First CI dance jam of the year!
    11:15am Sat January   19 2019
    11:15am Sat January   26 2019
    11:15am Sat February   2 2019
    11:15am Sat February   9 2019
NO JAM February 16
NO JAM February 23
    11:15am Sat March      2 2019
    11:15am Sat March      9 2019
    11:15am Sat March     16 2019
    11:15am Sat March     23 2019
    11:15am Sat March     30 2019 (tentative)
    11:15am Sat April      6 2019
    11:15am Sat April     13 2019
    11:15am Sat April     20 2019
NO JAM April 27
    11:15am Sat May        4 2019
    11:15am Sat May       11 2019
    11:15am Sat May       18 2019
    11:15am Sat May       25 2019
    .... NO jams during June-August Summer break ....
    Weekly jams resume in September 2019

Ottawa Contact Improvisation dance events take place almost every Saturday in air-conditioned comfort, usually Saturdays 11h15-13h15 at Arts Court second-floor ODD Studio "B" at 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. See the table above for the exact dates and times and facilitators. Arts Court Studio "B" is fully accessible by wheelchair, and there is an accessible washroom on the first floor of the building.

Skill level: All skill levels welcome, especially new and old beginners!

Weekly Class/Jam Fee: free or by donation the first time for newcomers; $4-$5 per hour for jams (or by donation) for pay-as-you-dance drop-in; "nobody turned away for lack of funds" – talk to us

Time: Start time 10h15 or 11h15 until 13h15 most Saturdays (check dates and times above)
A facilitated warm up and introduction to contact improv dance usually starts the jam.
Location: Arts Court, Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) Studio "B", Second Floor, - 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. Arts Court Studio "B" is fully accessible by wheelchair, and there is an accessible washroom on the first floor of the building.

Our jam is run by volunteers and is a non-profit event. You can get involved. If you would like to lead a warm up, please contact us with the dates that you have in mind. If you would like to be a participant in the organization of the jam, contact us for details about the Ottawa Contact Improv consensus group. For more information, drop in to any jam or send us email: Ian! Allen idallen@idallen.ca


2018 – Ottawa/Gatineau Creative Dance Events

Ian! and Karen – photo by Moti

For many other Ottawa Creative Dance/Movement/Somatic events, see the Ottawa/Gatineau Creative Dance and Movement Facebook Group. And don't forget our own Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improvisation Dance Facebook Page.

Carpools to Big Heart Dance Camp, Earthdance, and DNE Dance Camp

Contact Ian! Allen idallen@idallen.ca about car pooling from Ottawa to dance events such as

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