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


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.

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Oxford Contact Dance organises dancing and dance classes in Oxford for contact improvisation. We are a constituted association run by volunteers. 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: 22 April, Dance Sunday

Dancing contact improvisation
Oxford Contact Dance session December 2016. Photo credit: Pier Corona

STOP PRESS! Josie Webber will accompany our dancing on her cello.

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

Time: 1 - 4 pm

Cost: £15 or £10 concessions

This is a class and dance session for contact improvisation. There's a two hour class which will teach fundamental skills in contact improvisation, and it's suitable for beginners and experienced dancers. Then we'll have an hours dance session - a 'jam' as it's known - accompanied by cello. Afterwards, you'll feel invigorated and free from tension.

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.

Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the University Club.

After the dance session, there will be a meeting at 4pm in the Cafe at the University Club for prospective members of Oxford Contact Dance. All welcome.

DROP-IN SESSION/ RESERVATIONS UNNECESSARY.

Example videos Jam - number 2 (Gabriela Tropia) ; Jam - number 3 (Gabriela Tropia)

PREVIOUS EVENT: Bank Holiday Monday 2 April: Easter Dance - dance contact improvisation with us

Easter Dance
Photo: Pamela Carls Easter Eggs (2007) https://www.flickr.com/photos/irisdragon used under a Creative Commons license.

This is a two hour dance session with an introduction to contact improvisation for beginners on Bank Holiday Monday. We will be using the space at Common Ground in Oxford, and improvising and composing a dance. Easter treat: it's free!

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.

Example videos of contact improvisation (on vimeo; film maker Gabriela Tropia): Video Jam #13 ; Video Jam #10 ; Video Jam #6 ; Video Jam #5 ; Video Jam #2.

Common Ground (see https://www.facebook.com/CommonGroundWorkspace/) was formerly a Barclays Bank but it is now used as a community and co-working space with a cafe, cycle repair, workshops, yoga and dance/performance. The dance space is the former bank vault! But there's no money in it now! There are mats and it's a unique space for dance, yoga, etc.

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing. Afterwards, well go for coffee, cake, ice cream and yes, Easter eggs if that's what you want!

Google map here showing Common Ground's location!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/182028002594079/

PREVIOUS EVENT: Sunday 4 March - Dance Lab : Falling UP!

Dance Lab
Photo: Join us at our first Dance Lab session.

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

Time: 1 - 4 pm

Cost: £10 (members**)/£13 (non-members)

Falling in love might be easy but falling in dance can be trickier! In this 'laboratory' session, we'll investigate falling which is fun, safe and dynamic using techniques from contact improvisation. Let's lab!

Contra-balancing and rotation; spiralling and our bodies natural elasticity can direct our momentum to make falling less down and more up! Beside our investigation, there will be an hours dance session (jam) where you can dance freely. Andrew Wood will facilitate the session.

Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor. Some experience of Contact Improvisation helpful but not essential.

(**Note: Membership of Oxford Contact Dance is £10 for the calendar year 2018. You can purchase membership at your first session with us which gives discounts and a say in the running of Oxford Contact Dance - a constituted association.)

PREVIOUS EVENT: Sunday 11 February - Workshop: Grounding & Fragile Balances

Library Dance, Dec 2017
Photo: In December 2017, Oxford Contact Dance performed in Oxford's Central Library.
There were four dancers. Photographer: Karl Wallendszus.

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

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Cost: £10 (members)/£15 (non-members)

No booking required - just turn up. Some experience of Contact Improvisation recommended.

This two hour workshop for dancing contact improvisation will use training from a week long intensive with Jorg Hassmann earlier this year, called Grounding & Fragile Balances.

Jorg Hassmann :

'One essential ingredient of CI technique is that we constantly create fragile balances - to loose them and to catch them again. Static stability produces safety and stuckness in what we know but does not serve an alive dance.
'I want to give a good sense of grounding to grow the necessary trust so we can let go of holding patterns that limit aliveness. I want to invite the pleasure of subtleties that change the way we experience ourselves, the dance and maybe bits of our life beyond.'

Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor.

(Note: Membership of Oxford Contact Dance is £10 for the calendar year 2018. You can purchase membership at your first session with us which gives discounts and a say in the running of Oxford Contact Dance - a constituted association.)

PREVIOUS EVENTS (JANUARY 2018): Tue 9 Jan 2018, New Year Jam! (dance session);
Tue 16, 30 Jan 2018, Tuesday Drop-in Class

All these events take place at the University Club: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. Note: everyone welcome including non-club/non-university members.

Library Dance, Dec 2017
Photo: In December 2017, Oxford Contact Dance performed in Oxford's Central Library.
There were four dancers. Photographer: Karl Wallendszus.

Tue 9 Jan 2018: New Year Jam! (dance session)

Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Cost: £10/£8 concs.

No booking required - just turn up

This is a two hour dance session for contact improvisation (which is also known as a jam!) without a class where you can dance, learn from others and practice dancing. All welcome. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

Tue 16, 30 Jan 2018: Tuesday Drop-in Class

Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Cost: £10/£8 concs.

No booking required - just turn up

Our regular weekly dance classes are on Tuesday evening (but NOT Tue 23 Jan). We'll be exploring tools for improvising and developing our technique for dancing contact improvisation. Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

PREVIOUS EVENTS: Tue 12 Dec, Contact Refresher! Sun 17 Dec, Library Dance Workshop & Tue 19 Dec, Library Dance

Each of these events take place at the University Club unless otherwise stated: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ.

Tue 12 Dec, Contact Refresher!

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Cost: £10/£8 concs.

No booking required - just turn up

This two hour workshop is a refresher for those with little or no experience of contact improvisation. If you are interested in taking part in the Library Dance (see below) with little or no experience of contact improvisation then this is essential.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2009812059263204/

Sun 17 Dec, Library Dance Workshop & Tue 19 Dec, Library Dance

Botticelli Mystic Nativity
Photo: Painting: Alessandro Botticelli, The Mystic Nativity, 1500 Photographer: Frans Vandewalle. License (CC BY 2.0).

Sun 17 Dec, Library Dance Workshop

Time: 1 - 4 pm

Cost: Free - donations appreciated! (But you must be an experienced dancer in Contact Improvisation or attend the Refresher - see above.)

This is a workshop to prepare for our library dance (below) and jam ideas for it. As it's a library dance then there's plenty of opportunity for using props: books, chairs, etc. Please bring a couple of books with which to practice!

Note: if you completed our Dance Intensive earlier this year or attend several of the classes this Autumn then you don't need to have attended the Refresher for Contact Improvisation, otherwise you'll need to attend the Refresher - see above.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403415940079510/

Tue 19 Dec, Library Dance

Time: 5 - 6 pm

Where: Central Library, 41 Castle Quarter, Oxford. OX1 1AY.

Spectators also welcome! Dance with us in the Westgate Library, Oxford to celebrate its reopening which is the previous day. This will be a 15 minute dance using contact improvisation techniques, chairs, books and whatever you might like to dance with but mostly with other people! Please email us if you'd like to take part as you need to register for it. Email address at top of page. Thank-you.

PREVIOUS EVENTS: Tue 28 Nov Fundraising Jam! & Sun 3 Dec 'Dance Explorium : Dancing from the inside out'

Tuesday 28 November - Fundraising Jam!

Fundraising Jam!
Photo: Joerg Hassmann & Jenny Haack performing 'paarmitsessel' 2005 - shot from video

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Cost: £10/ £8 concessions.

This is a two hour dance session for contact improvisation (which is also known as a jam!) without a class where you can dance, practice dancing and learn from others. All welcome.

Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

We’re fundraising for dance training with Joerg Hassmann in Germany this coming January (2018), and we’re also crowdfunding too. For more details see: http://www.andrewdance.org/crowdfunder

Contact Improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970s and which has now spread throughout the world. It's a dialogue in movement which has a fluid and dynamic form, and it's social dancing; not stage dancing.

Here's an example of Joerg Hassmann dancing: https://www.youtube.com/embed/XaEWRGmpg04?start=77

Sunday 3 December - Dance Explorium: dance from the inside out

Dance Explorium: dance from the inside out
Photo: Andy Solway & Naomi Morris dancing (by Andrew Wood)

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 11 - 4 pm (with lunch break 1-2 pm)

Cost: £20

Most dance learning involves taking instructions from a teacher or leader and trying to imitate their movements. But there are other approaches.

In release techniques, dancers focus on relaxation and on using images to influence how the body moves. Tai Chi also focuses on relaxation and the internal state of the body. In this workshop Andy Solway will use ideas from release and from Tai Chi to help participants improve the quality of their movement, enrich their movement ideas and give them confidence in improvising. We will then take these ideas into working in pairs and in contact.

Andy Solway has learned release technique with Mary Fulkerson, Alex Howard and Gaby Agis. He has studied Tai Chi with Phil Muil, Emma Westlake, Karel and Eva Koshkuba, Master Chen Ying Jun, Master Chen Bing and Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. He has studied contact with Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Nita Little and many others. Any queries about this workshop: Andy Solway (solway3@gmail.com)

Drinks and food are available at the club, nearby or bring your own.

No booking required - just turn up

PREVIOUS EVENTS: Tue 17 Oct - Tue 21 Nov - Weekly drop-in sessions - A short course for dancing contact improvisation

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo: Pier Corona

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Cost: £10/ £8 concs.** each session or £50 for six 2 hour sessions.

This is a course - available as drop-in sessions - for learning to dance contact improvisation - starting on Tuesday October 17 and every Tuesday evening 7-9pm for six sessions until Tuesday 17 November. You can attend on a drop-in basis or for the whole course. All welcome including those not at the University.

In each two hour session, we'll learn the fundamental skills for dancing contact improvisation including: body awareness/somatics; touch; sharing our centre; weight-giving and weightlessness; space and the kinesphere; floor skills including body surfing; lifts & suspension; bridges; and flying. We'll work in duets, trios and ensembles but most importantly we'll have fun!

Suitable for complete beginners and those who have attended our drop in classes or taster session on Tue 10 Oct.

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely.Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

** The concessionary price is only available to those receiving means-tested benefits.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/798851280297100/

PREVIOUS EVENT: Tue 10 Oct -Taster session for dancing contact improvisation

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo: Pier Corona

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Cost: £8 each.

Try a new dance! In this two hour session, we'll quickly gain skills and dance contact improvisation. Suitable for complete beginners and those interested in our short introductory dance course, starting the following week (Tuesday evenings - see below!). All welcome including those not at the University.

Please bring a water bottle and wear loose clothing in which you can move freely.Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

Facebook event for the Taster: https://www.facebook.com/events/109664353117946/

PREVIOUS EVENT: Sat 9 September 2017: Birthday Celebrations!
Oxford Contact Dance 3rd Anniversary

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

On Saturday 9 September, we're celebrating three years of Oxford Contact Dance with two events at The Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford. All monies collected from them will be donated the homeless charity Crisis. We're suggestion a £5 donation for each of the events which are otherwise free. Please be generous.

  1. Introduction to Contact Improvisation at the Old Fire Station (2 - 4 pm)

    This class is for people with little or no experience of dancing contact improvisation. After the class, you'll have the confidence to take part in a dance session for contact improvisation also known as 'a jam'. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/260730324445930

  2. Birthday Jam! (dance session) at The Old Fire Station (4 - 6 pm)

    Join this dance session for dancing contact improvisation to celebrate 3 years of Oxford Contact Dance! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1816865471937291/

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

Dancing inspiration Video of Elske Seidel & Joerg Hassmann Contact Improvisation Duet: https://vimeo.com/162251068

POSTER: Birthday class & jam poster (PDF)

PREVIOUS EVENT: Dance in the Park, 7pm on Wednesday evenings in August (2017)

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 7pm 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 acoustic 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.

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

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: 7-9 pm(or dusk - when the park closes!).

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

PREVIOUS EVENT: Dance in the Park, 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in July (2017)

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 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 acoustic 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.

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

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: 7.30 - 9.30 pm(or dusk - when the park closes!).

Poster/flyer with map: 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: June Jam! - Wednesday 28 June

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo: Pier Corona

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Cost: £5 each.

This is a two hour dance session for contact improvisation (which is also known as a jam!) without a class where you can dance, learn from others and practice dancing. All welcome. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

Contact Improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970s and which has now spread throughout the world. It's a dialogue in movement which has a fluid and dynamic form, and it's social dancing; not stage dancing.

PREVIOUS EVENTS: Dance Sundays - 18 June, 21 May, 23 April

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us

Location: Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road, OX4 1UR. Map

Time: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

Cost: £10 per session.

Sunday 23 April: Leading, Following, Listening. In most social partner dances, one person leads and the other follows. In Contact it’s more complicated. Who is leading? Who is following? It’s best not to ask! Just keep listening.

Sunday 21 May: Learning to Fly. In this session we will explore lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, and finding natural places of connection on our bodies for ease of flow. Together we’ll create a safe lifting experience for all while letting our curiosity lead the dance.

Sunday 18 June: Landscape and water. The body as landscape; movement as water. We will investigate weight-sharing and focus on floor work.

In our Sunday sessions we start by learning skills, to get warmed up, then we spend time just dancing together. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a water bottle too. Suitable for beginners and more experienced dancers.

Contact improvisation is a dance form that originated in the 1970s and has spread throughout the world. It’s easy to get started with, and great fun to do!

Dance Sundays poster (PDF) for display

PREVIOUS EVENT: Jam! - Tuesday 23 May

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo: Michelle Azdajic

Location: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. (See map for location).

Time: 8 - 10 pm

Cost: £5 each.

This is a two hour dance session for contact improvisation (which is also known as a jam!) without a class where you can dance and practice dancing. All welcome. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a bottle of water. Note: We'll use the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) on the lower floor of the Club.

Contact Improvisation is a dance which originated in the 1970s and which has now spread throughout the world. It's a dialogue in movement which has a fluid and dynamic form, and it's social dancing; not stage dancing.

PREVIOUS EVENT: Dance Intensive - A short course in dancing contact improvisation (starts Tue. 4 April)

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo credit: Pier Corona. December 2016 at Oxford Contact Dance

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 8 - 10 pm

Join the Dance Intensive and extend your dancing with a short course (6 sessions) in Contact Improvisation.

Starting Tuesday 4th April, 8 -10pm, weekly for six sessions, in Oxford.

Registration essential (email: contact@contactdance.org)

Contact improvisation offers dance techniques for partner dancing in social and improvised dances like 5 Rhythms, Tango and others; as well as Contemporary Dance. This course is particularly suited to those with some dance experience.

Contact improvisation is a dance form 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.

This introductory course also has the option of participating in a performance - it includes compositional elements too. Please wear loose clothing in which you can move freely and bring a water bottle too.

Afterwards, hot and cold beverages are available.

Price: £50 for six 2-hour sessions

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 to Cello - Sunday 19 March

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo credit: Young Toymaker, 2007. Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Date: Sunday 19 March 2017

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Dance to Cello. This is a dance session ('jam') for contact improvisation with an introductory class and musical accompaniment by cellist Josie Webber. 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. Ask at the reception if necessary.

Afterwards, hot and cold beverages are available.

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 - Dreamscape: From Contact to Contiguity - 19 Feb 2017

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Oxford Contact Dance session December 2016. Photo credit: Pier Corona

Date: Sunday 19 February 2017

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Dreamscape: From Contact to Contiguity. This is a dance session for contact improvisation. Warm up led by Michelle Azdajic followed with a contact improv dance session ('jam'). Live musical accompaniment by Malcolm Atkins. Explore the landscape of dreams and its common imagery as catalyst for the flow of contact, movement and communication with others. All are welcome including those not at Oxford University and beginners. No previous experience needed.

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, hot and cold refreshments are available.

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 to Cello - Contact Improvisation sessions 2017

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo credit: Young Toymaker, 2007. Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Date: Sunday 15 January 2017

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. Josie Webber will play 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 to Cello - Contact Improvisation sessions

Learn to dance and jam contact improvisation with us
Photo credit: Young Toymaker, 2007. Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.

Poster (PDF) for display

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 acoustic 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.

Details for all events

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 acoustic 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 acoustic 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 acoustic instruments welcome.

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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 acoustic 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 acoustic instruments welcome.

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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 acoustic instruments welcome.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

Email: contact@c-o-n-t-a-c-t-d-a-n-c-e.o-r-g
(please remove the dashes from this address when sending an email.)

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