Beginner friendly pre-jam warmup class 5-6.30pm followed by the jam 6.30-8.30pm. Doors will be closed for the duration of the class to keep the focus, so please arrive early to attend the class, you can arrive at any time for the jam. Dancers can come just for the class, £6, or stay for the jam, £9. Both also available to book via MoveGB.
We will explore the technical parts of contact improvisation (such as handstands and backbends) in different scenarios, first practicing the skills separately and then while dancing.
The class will begin with a fairly intense warm up, including a lot of conditioning. We will go through principles of rolling on the floor and then expanding through to improvisation tasks and handstand / backbend techniques with a partner. To help contextualise we will also revisit some basics: rolling points of contact, sharing of the spine, perceiving and following, and making suggestions to take our dance into new and exciting places. The class is suitable for all levels.
Maga Radlowska (PL/UK) – contact improvisation dancer, performer, choreographer, improviser and teacher. Magdalena graduated from London Contemporary Dance School and Middlesex University in London, and has fifteen years professional experience in contact improvisation, contemporary dance, physical theatre and improvisation. Magdalena was co-organiser for ECITE 2013 in Poland, and has taught CI in many festivals in Poland and abroad. She regularly teaches CI workshops, Bristol, Brighton and London Contact Improvisation classes, as well as being a lecturer in CI at Middlesex University.
A jam is an informal gathering of dancers. There is no teacher, but space and time to develop skills and confidence. You are free to dance, rest, or sit and watch, as you wish. The jam provides an opportunity to explore and integrate techniques you have learned, and to find your own routes into dancing.
At some jams a teacher will facilitate a score to follow such as a focused (silent) jam, the Underscore (developed by Nancy Stark-Smith), or a blindfold (or eyes-closed) jam, this will normally be advertised via our regular mailout – so sign-up if you want advance notice.