What is Contact Improvisation?
Contact Improvisation (CI) is a dance technique in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement and exploration.
Jams usually takes place without music so that dancers can define their own pace. People dance contact in any combination of genders, there are no “steps,” and it’s entirely improvised.
The practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. It’s somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, acroyoga and none of the above.
Contact improvisation is one of the most welcoming and friendly dance forms that you can do. It’s for people of all body types and abilities, all ages, backgrounds, and athletic ability. We at the Los Angeles jam pride ourselves on being friendly and open to newcomers — we love to see new people falling in love with contact improvisation and we love beginners’ energy.
There are now three jams in Los Angeles!
EASTSIDE LAB JAM
7:00 - 9pm at ARC in Pasadena (park and enter from back)
1158 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
We offer a guided LAB at the beginning of each Jam to explore an aspect of Contact Improv.
CONTACT HIGH-Long Beach Jam
6:00-8:30pm at Kava Yoga Studio
4005 E 4th St, Long Beach 90815 ( free street parking)
$7.00 (or what you can pay- we don't turn anyone away)
We usually begin with an hour long beginner friendly class before open jamming, making our jam ideal for curious beginners or seasoned dancers. All are welcome and embraced! We also have live music nights about once a month.
SANTA MONICA JAM
6:30pm-9:00pm at Dance Home (above radio shack)
522 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Visit www.contactimprovla.com for more information about contact improv dance.
The Jam Costs 7 Dollars (or what you can pay- we don't turn anyone away)
Classes take place approximately once a month (check meetup or website for dates). Special extended music nights also periodically take place.
The contact jam has been going for over 20 years in this space. Typically 20-30 people come every Sunday.