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

This week we have a visiting teacher, all the way from Ireland. Here is her Bio:

Tara Brandel is a contemporary dancer, choreograher and Contact Improv teacher, and currently artistic Director of Croi Glan, an Integrated Dance company in Ireland (

She trained in Contact Improv with Steve Paxton, Juleyn Hamilton and Kirstie Simpson. She has taught Contact Improvisation at Tanz Fabrik, Ponderosa, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation (SFADI), West Coast Contact Festival (San Francisco), GLACIER (USA), Liverpool Performing Arts School (LIPA) and Chisenhale Dance Space amongst others.

Most recently she has taught Contact workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto, and also teaches ongoing contact classes in West Cork Ireland where she lives.

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.