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.

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

Flying close to the ground Part2

In this 2 part class we will engage with the floor work in Contact Improvisation.
The inspiration comes from watching the predator birds gliding very close to the ground yet staying masterful and focused. The observation we will together explore is – how we consciously bring our dance toolkit from upper levels to lower levels and vice versa.
Each class will start with taking considerable amount of time for recognition and release of tension in the body to free up inner space. Next we’ll explore our relationship to the floor and the “last six inches”, the underside and the backspace.
This will allow us to practice movement principles of rolling, body surfing and falling and consequently establish a baseline for active participation in a duet.
Each of the two classes is complete in itself, but may vary in terms of dynamic. All levels welcome.

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.