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Dancing contact improvisation at one of our dance sessions, Dec. 2016. Photo: Pier Corona

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May events: Sunday 12; Wednesday 15, 22, 29; Saturday 25

Enjoy dancing contact improvisation with us
Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance. Photo: Piotr Znamierowski, March 2019

Contact improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s often taught in university dance courses but it’s easy to learn and fun. It’s an improvised dance – a dialogue in movement – which has a fluid and dynamic form.

Location for all events except Saturday 25: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Cost of each event except Saturday 25: £10 or £8 concessions

Examples of Contact Improvisation: See article on Andrew's Dance Diary

Sunday 12: Dance session - Jam!

Time: 1 - 4pm

Join us at a three hour jam with musical accompaniment and you can drop-in whenever you want. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle. Note: Non-university members welcome.

Wednesday 15, 22, 29: Adventures in Contact Improvisation - Class & Jam

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Join our drop-in classes for dancing contact improvisation – suitable for beginners and experienced dancers located at the University Club, Oxford. All welcome.

You can expect body work, games, technique and creative dance in our classes. Be prepared to move and to enjoy moving together with others in contact. Part of the session is set aside to dance or 'jam'!

Saturday 25: Performance 'In-between'

Time: 2 - 2.30pm

Where: The Turrill Sculpture garden, in the garden of Summertown Library, Oxford. See map for Summertown Library, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN. The Sculpture Garden is open from 9am to 4pm. The entrance to the Turrill Sculpture Garden - the performance location, is through Summertown library.

Cost: Free!

Two dancers; two cellists. This performance is a collaboration between cellists Josie Webber and Bruno Guastalla; and the dancers Josephine Dyer and Andrew Wood. There is a space between dancers and musicians which is elastic and malleable: in-between movement and music. In this improvised work, we examine this in-between, and the roles of leading and following.

Background information: See article on Andrew's Dance Diary

April events. Sunday 7 & Wednesday 24 April

Location for both events: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Cost of each event: £10 or £8 concessions

Jam! Sunday 7 April

Time: 2 - 5pm

Join our dance session for contact improvisation ('a jam') with a musical accompaniment.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s often taught in university dance courses but it’s easy to learn and fun. It’s an improvised dance – a dialogue in movement – which has a fluid and dynamic form. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle. Note: Non-university members welcome.

Examples of dancing contact improvisation

Class & Jam - Wednesday 24 April

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Join these drop-in classes for dancing contact improvisation – suitable for beginners and experienced dancers located at the University Club, Oxford. All welcome. You can expect body work, games, technique and creative dance in our classes. Be prepared to move and to enjoy moving together with others in contact.

March events. Wednesday 6, 20, 27 & Sunday 17 March.

Enjoy dancing contact improvisation with us
Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance. Photo: Pier Cornoa

Location for all events: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Cost for all events: £10 or £8 concessions

Jam! Wednesday 6 & Sunday 17 March

Wednesday 6 March - Jam to music

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Join our dance session for contact improvisation. On We'll have an introduction and then dance to music for the remainder of the evening.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s often taught in university dance courses but it’s easy to learn and fun. It’s an improvised dance – a dialogue in movement – which has a fluid and dynamic form. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle. Note: Non-university members welcome.

Examples of dancing contact improvisation

Sunday 17 March - Silent Jam

Time: 1 - 4pm

We will have a silent jam - no musical accompaniment. We will be joined by Yi Quing who taught at our workshop in December last year. To honour her second birthday then all participants are invited to a birthday dance with her at some point in the jam. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle. Note: Non-university members welcome.

Classes: Wednesday 20 & 27 March

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Join these drop-in classes for dancing contact improvisation – suitable for beginners and experienced dancers located at the University Club, Oxford. All welcome. You can expect body work, games, technique and creative dance in our classes. Be prepared to move and to enjoy moving together with others in contact.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s often taught in university dance courses but it’s easy to learn and fun. It’s an improvised dance – a dialogue in movement – which has a fluid and dynamic form. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle.

February 6, 13, 20, 27- weekly events on Wednesdays

Enjoy dancing contact improvisation with us
Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance. Photo: Pier Corona

When: Feb 6 - Jam (dance session); Feb 13, 20, 27 - Drop-in Classes

Time: 7.30 - 9 pm

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Cost: £10 or £8 concessions

To start the month, we have a jam (dance session) for contact improvisation on February 6. Thereafter, join our drop-in weekly classes for dancing contact improvisation – suitable for beginners and experienced dancers located at the University Club, Oxford. All welcome. You can expect body work, games, technique and creative dance in our classes. Be prepared to move and to enjoy moving together with others in contact.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s often taught in university dance courses but it’s easy to learn and fun. It’s an improvised dance – a dialogue in movement – which has a fluid and dynamic form. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle.

January: Beginning Contact Improvisation - course, starting January 16

Enjoy dancing contact improvisation with us
Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance. Photo: Pier Corona

When: Wednesdays January 16, 23, 30

Time: 7.30 - 9pm

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Cost: £30 or £25 concessions for the 3 sessions

Beginning Contact Improvisation introduces you to partner dancing which is both fun and great exercise: a fluid and dynamic dance suitable for everyone. You don't need to bring a partner.

In this course, we'll use bodywork, learn technique, play games and dance ('jamming'). Contact improvisation is social dancing – a dialogue in movement – which originated in the 1970s and which has now spread throughout the world. Unlike other dances which are solely walked dances, contact improvisation includes floor-work and movement in a 'playful physics'. Let's surprise ourselves and celebrate moving. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle.

Examples of contact improvisation:

Previous events at Oxford Contact Dance, 2018-2014

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