Updated: 2019-11-13 11:14 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 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.

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Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court most, but not all, Saturdays.
Most start times are 11:15, with some longer three-hour
jam events starting an hour early at 10:15am (see below).

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

    11:15am Sat September  7 2019 First CI dance jam of the fall season! with Frithjof
    11:15am Sat September 14 2019 with Frithjof
    11:15am Sat September 21 2019 with Frithjof
 E  10:15am Sat September 28 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof
    11:15am Sat October    5 2019 with Laurinda
 E  10:15am Sat October   12 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof
    11:15am Sat October   19 2019 with Alejandro
    11:15am Sat October   26 2019 with Frithjof
FJ  11:15am Sat November   2 2019 *FAMILY JAM (bring kids!)* with Frithjof and Alejandro
 E  10:15am Sat November   9 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Laurinda
**  11:00am Sat November  16 2019 *EARLY START 11am, end at 11:50am* with Alejandro
    11:15am Sat November  23 2019 with Alexis
 E  10:15am Sat November  30 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Alexis
    11:15am Sat December   7 2019 with Elizabeth
    11:15am Sat December  14 2019 with Alejandro
    11:15am Sat December  21 2019 with Lola Ryan

END YEAR BREAK -- Weekly jams resume in January 2020

FJ: In our contact improvisation dance jam on November 2nd we will be exploring some of the basics of rolling and releasing into sharing weight using activities that are amenable to children between the ages of 9 and 14 (roughly speaking, as children's skills and level of interest vary significantly). For more information, email Alejandro De Maio.

** On November 16 we offer a 50-minute brief introduction to Contact Improvisation dance class as part of the Ottawa Dance Directive fund-raising Dance Class Marathon FUNdraiser day.

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 a modern, fully accessible washroom on the same floor as the CI studio.

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: CI dance jams run 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 a modern, fully accessible washroom on the same floor as the CI studio.

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.

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

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