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.

The Class

Back To Basics

This class will revisit the pattern of naval radiation, also no known as the starfish pattern. We will use it to facilitate rolling at floor level, as well as exploring the possibilities of rolling upwards against gravity in partner work and to roll on and off table position. It will also be used to explore our moving kinosphears, looking for the spaces as well as the moments of connection. Dancing in and out of contact.

This pattern is very useful for connecting our centre to our periphery in that it helps us move from our centre whilst still being able to extend out into space. It is also useful for strengthening core mobility, underpinning and bringing to consciousness a lot of what already happens in contact dance.
For those new to contact this will really get you moving, and for those of you with experience it is a chance to revisit one of the core techniques of improvisational movement.

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.