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Oxford Contact Dance organises dancing and dance classes in Oxford for contact improvisation. Please join the email list for information about forthcoming events or email us on c-o-n-t-a-c-t@contactdance.org removing the '-' symbols in the email address. Thank-you.

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NEXT EVENT: Dance to Cello - Contact Improvisation sessions

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
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Dates: Sundays Oct 30, Nov 20, Dec 4 2016

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Dance to Cello. This is a dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation with an introduction /warm-up and musical accompaniment by cello. All are welcome including those not at Oxford University and beginners.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a water bottle. Note that the session is in the Multi-Purpose Room on the lower floor of the Club. Please ask at the reception if necessary.

Afterwards, we'll go for afternoon tea and cake.

Price: £10

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

Poster (PDF) for display

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Previous event: Dance in the Park, 7pm on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.00pm at Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional introductory session or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: Please see our Facebook group for the event entry. Thanks.

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Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely. If you'd like a contact phone number for us then please join the email list (see below) - it can be difficult to locate people in the park when the dance has started.

Cost: Free!

Location: Meeting at Keble Gate, University Parks, Parks Road, Oxford. The gate is opposite the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road. Keble Gate is shown on this map). You can also see a picture of Keble Gate on Google's Streetview too.

Time: Dance session 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

Poster: Please print-out and display this poster (PDF)

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 13 July 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional introductory session with Andy Solway or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/248499848869646/

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 6 July 2016

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional one hour class or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/150366135373764/

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 29 June 2016

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional one hour class or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/850761001722306/

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 22 June 2016

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional one hour class or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/720571934712111/

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 15 June 2016

Come and dance or learn to dance, contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks (not the main gate!) which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. There is an optional one hour class or simply come to dance. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1617370245247033/

Previous event: Dance in the Park, Wed. 8 June 2016

Come and dance contact improvisation/ contact tango with us in University Parks, Oxford. All welcome. We're meeting 7.30pm, Keble Gate, University Parks which is at the intersection of Keble Road & Parks Road, to find a spot in the park. Note: no amplified music is allowed in the park but acostic instruments welcome.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718981321692878/

Previous event: Dance & Class Wed. 25 May 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Please note: there is no Dance & Class on Wednesday 18 May. At the next drop-in class and dance practice ('mini-jam') on 25 May for contact improvisation, we will be exploring techniques for fluidity in our moving and dancing. Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers. Note: Our next 2 hour jam is on Wed. 1 June.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/536344936538195/

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £8 otherwise.

Location: University Parks, . (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Dance session 8 - 10 pm.

Poster (PDF) for display

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Previous event: Dance & Class Wed. 11 May 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

At this week's drop-in class and dance practice ('mini-jam') for contact improvisation, we will be exploring tools for improvising and developing our technique for contact improvisation. Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers. Note: Our next 2 hour jam is on Wed. 1 June.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/994955773885470/

Previous event: Monthly Jam! (dance session) 4 May 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Our regular monthly dance session on the first Wednesday of the month for dancing contact improvisation. All welcome including those not members of the University. Open invitation to improvising musicians to play at the jam. Next week, we have a drop-in class/mini-jam. See you on the dance floor!

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/108795392866565/

Previous event: Contact Dance (Acro Yoga into Dance!) - 27 April 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

This is a drop-in class and practice for dancing contact improvisation aimed at Acro Yoga practitioners but it's suitable for all. In this session we'll add something to Acro Yoga - movement, dance! Beginners and experienced dancers welcome.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618433405148911/

Previous Event: Contact Dance Wednesday 20 April 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

This is a drop-in class and practice for dancing contact improvisation. Note: this is the first session after the Easter break.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

PREVIOUS Event: Contact Dance Wednesday 16 March 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

This is a drop-in class and practice for dancing contact improvisation. We will be exploring movement off the floor around our partner, and bringing movement from other dance practices into the class. Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers. Note: this is the last session before the Easter break.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/826202080838854/

Previous Event: Contact Dance Wednesday 9 March 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

This is a drop-in class and practice for dancing contact improvisation. We will be exploring intention and opportunity in dance. Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/992068237513935/

Previous event: Monthly Jam! (March) Wednesday 2 March 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Our regular monthly dance session on the first Wednesday of the month for dancing contact improvisation. All welcome including those not members of the University. Open invitation to improvising musicans to play at the jam. Next week, we have a drop-in class/mini-jam. See you on the dance floor.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662227414027942/

Previous Event: Contact Dance (class/mini-jam) Wednesday 24 February 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Our regular class/dance practice 'mini-jam' where we'll move from grounded states of relaxation to flying through the air; lengthening and radiating as we move. Suitable for everyone whatever your dancing experience. Note: Our next 2 hour jam is on Wed. 2 March.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683869885225724/

Previous Event: Contact Dance (class/mini-jam), Wednesday 17 February 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

A weekly drop-in class for contact improvisation, and a half hour 'mini-jam' to dance/practice dancing. In this class, we'll explore using our arms in states of tension and release; walking; and gravity and anti-gravity. We'll have use of a matted space for part of the session. Suitable for everyone whatever your dancing experience. Note: Our next 2 hour jam is on Wed. 2 March.

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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Previous Event: Contact Dance (class/mini-jam), Wednesday 10 February 2016

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

A weekly drop-in class for contact improvisation, and a half hour mini-jam to dance/practice dancing. In this class, we'll look at qualities of movement, and ways into and out of contact. This class is suitable for people of all experiences and backgrounds. Note: Our next 2 hour jam is on Wed. 2 March.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1717348271828635/

Previous Event: Monthly Jam, Wednesday 3 February 2016

Come and jam contact improvisation with us

We'll have a jam on the first Wednesday of the month, starting Wednesday 3 February, 8 - 10 pm at the University Club, Mansfield Road, Oxford. All welcome including those not members of the club. Open invitation to improvising musicans to play at the jam. Next week, we have a class/mini-jam. See you on the dance floor.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/182381988792241

Previous event: Contact Dance (Taster Session - Wed. 27 Jan. 2016)

Attend a taster session for contact improvisation

If you'd like to try dancing a little contact improvisation/contact tango then this for you! An introduction for beginners with no other commitment. We run regular classes and monthly dance sessions ('Jams') for those who'd like to continue. Only £2.50 for this taster session! Why not bring a friend too.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Here's a poster for the Taster Session (PDF)

This is the Facebook event for the taster: https://www.facebook.com/events/572780016218671/

Previous event: Contact Dance (New Year Jam!) - Wed. 20 Jan. 2016

Dancing Contact Tango at Tango Diferente 2015

This is a two hour jam (dance session) for contact improvisation and contact tango. We will have a monthly jam in 2016 on the first Wednesday of the month from February 2016 (3 Feb. 2016) and thereafter each month. Please invite people who you might know, or take the opportunity to show them a new dance. New year - new dance!

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £8 otherwise.

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Dance session 8 - 10 pm.

Poster (PDF) for display

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Previous event: Contact Dance (dance exchange with We Migrate) - 9 Dec. (Wednesday 9 December 2015)

We Migrate poster

Poster for We Migrate by Ajos Dance. Performance on 12 Dec. St Barts Theatre, Reading at Jump. Booking and details here.

This session we will work with dancers from We Migrate to bring contact improvisation into their dance performance. We'll examine fundamental principles from contact improvisation; exchange skills and assist the dancers from the We Migrate project. Suitable for those who may have attended previous sessions of Oxford Contact Dance or with some experience of contact improvisation. The We Migrate project is an artistic response to the conflict in Syria and the surrounding region, in dance and movement.

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise.

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Dance session 8 - 10 pm.

Other dance/class dates: NOTE - no session on Wed 16 Dec. (unless you ask for one!). NEXT YEAR: Wed. 20 January 2016 and following Wednesdays. Thanks.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/782662411879731/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance (Birthday Jam) - 2 Dec. (Wednesday 2 December 2015)

Dancing contact Improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance

Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance - 13 Sept. 2014

A dance session ('Jam') for dancing contact improvisation. We're celebrating the birthday of one of our regular dancers with a dance session (no class this week). Musicians invited to play.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise.

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Dance session ('jam') 8 - 10 pm.

Other dance/class dates (all Wednesdays): Dec. 9, 16 (The Dec. 16 session will take place if there is demand - please let us know. Thanks).

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/864375467013526/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 25 November (Wednesday 25 November 2015)

Dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance on 18 Nov. 2015

A class and dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation. This session we'll concentrate on pivoting, balancing and hanging in contact improvisation. This is a drop in class, and all are welcome.

ADVANCED NOTICE: The 2 Dec. dance session is a special two hour jam (birthday jam+end of term celebration); no class. Invite everyone!

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Other dance/class dates (all Wednesdays): Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/843682275730690/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 18 November (Wednesday 18 November 2015)

A trio dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance on 11 Nov. 2015

A class and dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation. This session we'll concentrate on flowing, spiralling and creating platforms with our partner. Let's experience the joy of moving, dancing and living! This is a drop in class, and all are welcome.

ADVANCED NOTICE: The 2 Dec. dance session is a special two hour jam (birthday jam+end of term celebration); no class. Invite everyone!

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Other class dates (all Wednesdays): Nov. 25 ; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/892405280827597/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 11 November (Wednesday 11 November 2015)

Dancing contact Improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance

Dierdre and Andrew dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance

A class and dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation. This session we'll concentrate on sensing; movement through our body; space-filling and movement-making in ourselves and our dance partner. This is a drop in class, and all are welcome. We hope to be accompanied by improvising musicans for the dance session part of the evening (a 'jam').

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Other class dates (all Wednesdays): Nov. 18 ,25 ; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/636750119801423/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 4 November (Wednesday 4 November 2015)

At our last contact dance session A clip of dancing contact improvisation at Oxford Contact Dance on 28 October 2015.

A class and dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation. This session we'll concentrate on playing with our weight to create dynamic movements in ourselves and our dance partner. This is a drop in class, and all are welcome. We hope to be accompanied by improvising musicans for the dance session part of the evening (a 'jam').

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Other class dates (all Wednesdays): Nov. 11 ,18 ,25 ; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/816477081796959/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 28 October (Wednesday 28 October 2015)

Two Contact Tangos A clip of contact tango dancing at Oxford Contact Dance on 21 October 2015.

A class and dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation. This session we'll concentrate on moving cross the floor by rolling and 'body surfing' with our partner, and practice our core contact dance skills. This is a drop in class, and all are welcome. We hope to be accompanied by improvising musicans for the jam.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Other class dates (all Wednesdays): Nov. 4, 11 ,18 ,25 ; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/926712580776167/

Poster (PDF) for display

Previous event: Contact Dance - 21 October (Wednesday 21 October 2015)

An example of contact improvisation from Mirva Makinen & Sole Medina. Thanks for this video.

An introduction for beginners or practice for experienced dancers. We'll enjoy ourselves; use games and play to be creative and active. In the first two sessions, we'll try contact tango - it's easy!

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience. See below for example of contact dance.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, OX1 3SZ Oxford, United Kingdom (See map for location). Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club; ask at the reception if necessary.

Time: Class 8 - 9.30 pm; Dance session ('jam') 9.30 - 10 pm.

Previous event: Contact Dance - Joy! (Wednesday 14 October 2015)

Dancing contact improvision is fun
Dancing contact improvisation is fun! One of our dance sessions in 2014

First of a regular evening class/dance session on Wednesdays for contact improvisation/ contact tango in Oxford. An introduction for beginners or practice for experienced dancers. We'll enjoy ourselves; use games and play to be creative and active. In the first two sessions, we'll try contact tango - it's easy!

This is our maxim: All life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance.

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate 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, and it’s social dancing; not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, whatever your age, gender or dancing experience. See below for example of contact dance.

Please wear loose clothing for dancing which allows you to move freely. Also, bring a water bottle too. Thanks.

Cost: £5 concessions (students/club members/benefits); £6 otherwise. Join the last 1/2 hour for a dance session 'jam' (£1) - we might extend the jam depending on demand - let us know!

Previous event: Monday 24 August 2015

Dancing Contact Tango at Tango Diferente 2015
Photo: 'Dancing contact tango at Tango Diferente 2015' by Andrew Wood (license CC BY-NC-SA 2.5)

This skillshare will 'connect-up' the forms which we learned at the last Explorium on 20 July (and you don't need to have attend that to participate in this session). We'll explore states of the body for flow and balance, and have some fun too. (The alternative name for this session is 'Dancing the school sports day'!! I'll explain later ...) No previous experience needed & all welcome. Please wear loose comfortable clothing for moving and dancing, and bring a water bottle. Cost: £5 for the session. Love to see you there.

Time: 8 - 10 pm

Here's a map showing the venue - : St Margaret's Institue, 30 Polstead Road Oxford OX2 6TN

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610937935842331/

Previous Event: Acro & Contact Mix 15 August 2015

Warsaw Flow 2012 screenshot
This photo is a screen shoot from the film Warsaw Flow 2012, see below

This event was part of the Oxfordshire AcroYoga group events. '15 August at 11:00–14:00, Keble Gate, University Parks, Parks Rd, Oxford. Acro-Yoga and Contact Improvisation (Contact Dance) are close relatives in the world of movement and dance. Let's explore these two worlds and skillshare at this session in the University Parks (Keble Gate). Love to see you there.' [What's Contact Dance? See this short film from Warsaw Flow 2012 (You Tube).]

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/990954550935176/

Previous Event: 'Explorium : lifts & suspension for dancing' 20 July 2015

Jane Connelly (flying) and Ross Atkins (base/underdancer perform a lift
Jane Connelly (flying) and Ross Atkins (base/ under-dancer) performing a lift at the Explorium

Andrew Wood lead and facilitated this 'skillshare for dance techniques which lift and suspend us, above and around our dancing partners in contact improvisation/ contact tango. Bring yourself, your enthusiam and whatever experience you may have. None is just fine - we're improvising, and having fun!! Cost: £5 - 10 for the session depending on how many people attend. Please wear loose clothing and bring a water bottle.'

A video of the Explorium is below. It brought together dancers and movement practioners of contact improvisation and acrobatics. Featured in order of appearance: Jane Connelly, Ross Atkins, Oren Ben-Bassett, Josie Smith, John Gregory, Enjoy!
Duration: 2:17 minutes

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/808555759259559/

Previous Event: Oxford Contact Dance 29 June 2015

Helena Machova being lifted in contact improvisation
Helena Machová being lifted in contact improvisation.

Helena Machová lead this introductory class and dance session (jam) for contact improvisation. 'Cost: £8/ £5 students / £4 concessions. Please wear loose clothing suitable for moving and dancing, and bring a water bottle too. Love to see you there.
Times: 8.15-10.15 pm'

Here's a map showing the venue - : St Margaret's Institue, 30 Polstead Road Oxford OX2 6TN

The event on Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140736495941984/

Previous Event: Contact Dance Day 6 June 2015

Contact improvisation is a dance which originate in the 1970’s and which has now spread throughout the world. It’s easy to learn and very enjoyable. An improvised dance which has a fluid and dynamic form, and it’s social dancing—not stage dancing. Suitable for everyone, what-ever your age , gender or dance experience.

Combining contact improvisation techniques with traditional Argentine tango dancing, we expand our repertoire to create a modern tango for the 21st century: connected; challenging; surprising.

Join us on Saturday 6 June for a day of dance: a class/workshop in the afternoon, and a dance session in the evening. Details below.

Poster for the above events on Saturday 6 June (PDF).

Previous Event: Contact Dance Day - Afternoon Saturday 6 June - Class

Contact & Tango Ball

2-6 pm, Sat 6 June: Learn contact improvisation & contact tango dancing. Details (via Facebook)
Photo: David Olivari (david-o.net). Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Learn contact improvisation & contact tango dancing. Class 2— 6 pm
Cost: £15 / £10 students /£ 8 concs

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/652298378235592/

Previous Event: Contact Dance Day - Evening Saturday 6 June - Dance

Contact & Tango Ball

7-9.30 pm, Sat 6 June: Join us for the Contact & Tango Ball. Details (via Facebook)
Photo: Charlie Llewellin. License Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Contact & Tango Ball, 7—9.30 pm. Dance contact improvisation , contact tango , Argentine tango
Entrance: £8 / £5 students / £4 concs

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/473997069423433/

Previous Event: Oxford Contact Dance 13 September 2014

A slide show of Oxford Contact Dance on 13 Sept. 2014 at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, England. Examples of dancing contact improvisation/ contact dance. Note: there is no sound accompanying this video. Published on 7 Oct 2014.

What is Contact Dance (Contact Improvisation / Contact Tango)?

Oxford Contact Dance organises contact improvisation & contact tango in Oxford. You'd be very welcome to join us. We held our first dance session on 13 September 2014 at the Old Fire Station. We'll be organising further events. If you'd like to know of forthcoming contact dance sessions in Oxford then please use the email sign-up below to receive email notfications. We look forward to dancing with you.

These photographs, from our Open Dance Session at the Old Fire Station in Oxford on 13 September, give an answer to this question. [Picture editing Ana Barbour.]

Hands & shoulders: What is contact dance?
Contact: shoulders & hands

Shin contact: What is contact dance?
Contact: shins & feet

Hands contact: What is contact dance?
Contact: hands

Films : Contact Dance (Contact Improvisation / Contact Tango)

Contact Improvisation festival - Poland

Poland Contact Improvisation Festival - Warsaw Flow 2012 - Jam.

Contact Improvisation festival - Germany

Five Ways in-Documentary on Contact Improvisation (Trailer and Request for Support). 'Five Ways In' tells the stories of five people and their journeys through the Freiburg International Contact Improvisation dance festival. It is a collaboratively made documentary, one hour long, that was inspired by many conversations and consultations within the contact improvisation dance community.' Published on 13 Dec 2013.

Contact Improvisation - duet

Contact Improvisation - Moments of practice, with Irene Sposetti & Johan Nilsson.

Contact Tango

Tango meets Contact Improvisation. Dancers: Claus Sprongborg & Camilla Fjeldhaug (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Contact us by email

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