Updated: 2020-03-13 21:45 EDT

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.

To slow the spread of the COVID-19 "coronavirus" pandemic in Canada, we have cancelled our weekly Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam until further notice. Some of us will still be meeting one last time at 11:15am on Saturday March 14 at the usual studio to discuss everything around this.

In 2019 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.

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

2019 – 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.

To slow the spread of the COVID-19 "coronavirus" pandemic in Canada, we have cancelled our weekly Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam until further notice. Some of us will still be meeting one last time at 11:15am on Saturday March 14 at the usual studio to discuss everything around this.

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


2019 – 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

Arts Court studio located at ODD/CDC

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