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Oxford Contact Dance events in 2015 and 2014

2015

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/

Oxford Contact Dance in 2014

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.