CI Fundamentals with Saskia Chaplin


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Willow Studio
St. Werburghs Primary School, James Street, Bristol, BS2 9US

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Date:  Starts Wednesday 18th September
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: The Willow Studio, St Werburghs Primary School
Cost: £50 for all or £10/£8 (conc) drop-in
Led by: Saskia Chaplin

Starting on Wednesday 18th September for 7 consecutive weeks. A weekly two-hour class exploring the basics of contact improvisation.

Contact Improvisation
CI is an improvised dance form that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment. Open to all bodies and inquiring minds.

Some of the fundamentals we will explore in this course include; the rolling point of contact, weight exchange, basic lifts, leading & following, ways to say yes, no, and maybe, spirals, the small dance, safety, and more.

This course is suitable for complete beginners and those wanting to revisit the fundamentals. It is ideal to attend the whole course, at a cost of just £50. However, drop-in is also possible at £10 per class (£8 concessions)

Each class will include a led warm-up at the start and warm-down at the end, a focus on CI fundamentals, and time for questions, discussion and feedback.

Please bring loose comfortable clothing, with a warm layer to start and end in, kneepads if you have them (I will bring a few pairs for sale, £10 per pair), and water (though there is access to tap water).

To book your place or find out more, email Saskia on or phone 07904 121 646 (if phoning, please do so on or after the 15th September as I’m currently abroad)

Week 1:
First contact – first finding our connection to the floor we will explore the use of push, roll, and slide in contact with the floor and our partners to make first contact in the dance

Week 2:
Follow the leader – using exercises to offer direction, leading and following our partners in space

Week 3:
Give and take – giving and taking weight, counterbalance, using weight, and exploring how to say yes/no through our bodies

Week 4:
Up – exploring some simple lifts, the table, hip lifts, etc, and finding movement with weight exchange

Week 5:
The Centre – moving from our centres, offering and taking lifts, leading and following from centre

Week 6:
Spiralling Softly – finding pathways from, to, and with, the floor and our partners

Week 7:
Bringing it all together – following our 7-week journey this class will revisit what we have learnt, combining it in a dance

* please note I may decide to change the format slightly as we work together as a group

*See you Dancing, Saskia *