Bristol CI Sunday Class & Jam


5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


DMAC, (4th Floor) Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

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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. You can also book on MoveGB

For more information feel free to contact the teacher/facilitator or We send out regular emails of class descriptions, to get these, please sign-up to our mailing list.

Class Description

In this class, we will practice on a subtle level the sharing of weight.
We will revisit some of the CI’s classics: listening, rolling, push&pull, levels, travelling through space and simple lifts. We will begin with a solo work to increase our own awareness of the centre, the balance and the soft feet/hands, and next, we’ll move onto an exploration of partner work.

The class will conclude in a group improvisation work, where we will engage in The 3 Events Score. A quick access explanation of this exercise is as follows:
The rules of the game are: three events, one minute, on stage/off stage. In the space/on stage, there can be a maximum of THREE events. It can be ONE or TWO, but never more than THREE events. Once you enter into space/stage, you can be maximum of ONE minute inside of space/stage. You can enter and leave the space/stage as many times as you like as long as you don’t occupy the event for more than one minute at a time. All participants stand on the edges of the space to clearly understand whether they are in or out. They observe impulses in their body, mind, emotions … and when they feel the impulse, they enter the space. If they don’t enter with the first impulse and allow 3, 4 or 5 impulses to pass by, their role is shifting from an active participant to a viewer or audience – the invitation is to break the pattern.
The score will be also explained in the class.

The Jam

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.

  • Live musicians will improvise with the dancing at many of the jams.
  • For more information, please email or contact the individual teachers.