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 two jams in Los Angeles!
EASTSIDE LAB JAM
First Tuesday of every Month
7:30 - 9pm at ARC in Pasadena (park and enter from back)
158 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
We offer a guided LAB at the beginning of each Jam to explore an aspect of Contact Improv.