Join us for contact improvisation dance with a brief facilitated beginning lab at the ARC in Pasadena! Please note that this Jam will now be on Tuesdays once a month (check here for exact dates).
Shel Rasch and Jill Cooper 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.