Updated: 2016-05-29 01:56 EDT

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Contact Improvisation Dance

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Ottawa/Gatineau/Hull Events Summary

What is Contact Improv?

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 2016 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.

2016 – Ottawa Saturday Contact Improv Jams

What is Contact Improv?

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 in the last 20 minutes. All welcome! Come dressed to move.

Contact Dancers Image - Alexis and Ken

Ottawa Contact Improvisation dance jams take place a few times each month in air-conditioned comfort, usually Saturdays 11h15-13h15 at Arts Court second-floor ODD Studio "B" at 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. See the table below for the exact dates and times.

June 18: Contact Improv Dance Jam with live music!
We have a special two-hour dance jam with live music in the usual ODD Studio "B" in Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, at the usual time 11h15 to 13h15 Saturday June 18. There is a guided warm-up but no class instruction this week. Multi-instrumentalist Kim Gravelle is our resident musician for this two-hour contact improv dance jam event.

Kim Gravelle is a Canadian musician who is the creator of her own instrument, the Sympathy. This is a bass flute with sympathetic strings which create a natural subtle echo effect. The strings can also be played directly. The result is a highly unique instrument. There is no other like it in the world. See Dappled Sunlight Music).

Cost: Admission for the two hours with music is "pay what you can", suggested $20, which means $20 covers our room and musician costs but you can pay a bit less if you need to, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

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    * All morning dance jams are two hours
    11:15am Saturday June 18 with live music by Kim Gravelle, $20
    * Last jam of the season: June 18 with live music, $20
    * No dance jams in July and August.  Jams resume in September.
Contact Dancers Image - Ian, Kirsten, and Betsy

No dance jams during July/August 2016. We start dancing again in September.

Skill level: All skill levels welcome, especially new and old beginners!
Weekly Class/Jam Cost: free or by donation the first time for newcomers; $7.50 per week if in paid in advance ($90 for a bundle of up to 12 weeks); $10 per jam or by donation for pay-as-you-dance drop-in; "nobody turned away for lack of funds" – talk to us
Jam With Live Music: suggested $20 to pay for the room and the musician; you can pay less if you really need to. Nobody turned away!
Time: 11h15 to 13h15 some Saturdays (check dates and times above)
A facilitated warm and introduction to contact improv dance up usually starts the jam.
Location: Arts Court, Ottawa Dance Directive Studio "B", Second Floor, - 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

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

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2016 – Ottawa Family Tumble Playgroup

A play space where families and young children are welcome!

parents and children at family tumble 2011

Family Tumble Playgroups are open opportunities for young children to be strong and powerful. So much of a young child's daily life is controlled and directed by adults; our Tumble playgroups are wonderful contradictions – special times when we adults let the children push us over and boss us around. During Tumble playgroups, the children win every game and always end up on top, literally. Adults get pushed over constantly and always end up on the bottom, literally. Laughter abounds!

Small children and parents are welcome at Famly Tumble, as well as all adults who like playing with small children and their parents! Families are all ages, parents and kids, grandparents, uncles and aunts, and family friends. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

No previous experience with movement or dance is required; wear comfortable clothes for moving around. If you wear jewelry, make sure it's not scratchy or problematic when grasped and pulled firmly by two-year-olds! There is no leader and no instruction. We rent a room, throw down some gym mats, and see what happens. Bring your inner child, your outer children (optional), and play with us!

Family Tumble happens on many Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

Hello Family Tumblers!

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year! This is a friendly reminder that our first Family Tumble session of 2016 will occur this Saturday!

We meet from 9:30-11:30 at the Fisher Park School on Holland (at the Queensway) in the community room, 112 (Front doors, first hallway on the right, door on the left just past the washrooms.) As you never know when it time to walk around like a lion or form a human bridge, comfortable clothing is a good idea. Most participants range in age from 2 - 5 years old, but we have some younger children come and drool on the mats, and sometimes an older child who can be mindful of the younger ones joins in. You are not obligated to stay for the whole two hours - we take a snack break approximately half way through the tumble, around 10:30ish, and you may choose to stay only for the first half, or only join us for the second half. As always Family Tumbling is by donation. We suggest $5/family/week, or $40 for the January-April sessions.

Scott has passed the Family Tumbling coordinating mantle this year over to me (Erica See), Jan Teevan, and Sierra Bellows. Therefore, I will be sending you weekly reminder emails for our Family Tumbling sessions each week (unless you write and tell me not to). Jan and Sierra will take the lead on opening up the tumble room on Saturdays and collecting your donations towards the cost of renting the room. You can contact any of us if you have any questions about Family Tumbling and how it all works (spoiler alert: as the name suggests, it involves kids and their adults on a big gym mat tumbling about).

We look forward to tumbling with you this Saturday!

Erica, Jan and Sierra

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   * 9:30am to 11:30am Saturday April 2,9,16,23

Place: Room 112, Fisher Park Community Centre, 1st floor, 250 Holland Ave.
Time: 09:30-11:30 a.m. many Saturday mornings
Cost: Please bring a donation towards the cost of our room rental and the purchase of our big red tumbling mats. The suggested family donation is $40 dollars per family for a "term" of four months but this amount can be adjusted based on means and frequency of attendance (i.e. $5 per visit is fine if you are not sure how often you might attend). Any of Jan Teevan, Erica See, or Sierra Bellows can receive your donations.
Contact: Jan Teevan – janteevan@hotmail.com

2016 – 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.

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