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LA Contact Improv Eastside Lab Jam (new location!)

Join us for contact improvisation dance with a brief facilitated beginning lab starting April 3 at our new space at the ARC in Pasadena!

Shel Rasch, Jill Cooper, and Stefanie Nugent will take turns guiding a warm-up or skill-based lab to get you moving, followed by open space for playful exploration of the form.



Cost: 7 dollars for both the lab and jam.

Directions: ARC Pasadena is located at 1158 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California  91106.

Entrance to ARC Pasadena is behind the facility.
Parking is located behind the building or on adjacent streets.
The closest cross street is Michigan Avenue.
ARC Pasadena is a six-block walk from the Metro Gold Line-Lake Avenue stop.











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, 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for making it so welcoming for a newcomer, hope my schedule allows me to come again soon! I won't make this but if you get the chance, I'd love to know your impressions on Bebe Miller's "refined improvisation" happening this week/end:

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay! I can finally make it!

    March 31, 2013

  • Shel R.

    To avoid confusion:
    There are now two CI Jams in LA.

    The SANTA MONICA JAM has been rockin for over 25 years, Sunday nights 6:30-9:00 at Dance Home
    The EAST SIDE LAB JAM is new and will be on Wednesday nights at ARC in Pasadena from 7-9. It will include an optional short LAB exploration at the beginning of each Jam.

    March 30, 2013

  • Kate

    Sorry I missed this last week.

    March 30, 2013

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