Monday, November 2, 2015

Upcoming Seattle Contact Improv Events | November 2015

A list of Seattle contact improvisation and related events, plus related events in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Follow the links for more details. I will post additional events as I get them. 

Weekly contact improvisation and open movement jam, 2-4:30 pm in the Founders Studio at Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue on Seattle's Capitol Hill. 

Preparing for Contact with Kaitlin McCarthy in Kawasaki Studio at Velocity Dance Center, 1:45-2:45pm. Class price includes admission to the jam.
Investigative Movement Practices (IMP) Workshop Series 6-8pm at Velocity Dance Center (Drop-ins OK)
Series II: Oct 14–Nov 11 with ilvs strauss
Series III: Nov 18–Dec 16 with Alia Swersky

Sept 16 - Dec 30 Feldenkrais® with Lila Hurwitz
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm at Velocity Dance Center
(Drop-ins OK). For more information, contact Lila at or (206) 650-3305.

Nov 7, 2015
Frameworks for Trust and Connection: Tools for Expanding Choice with Partners with Kurt Koegel. 2-6 pm at Grassroots Studio in West Seattle. $30. More details:

The November workshop stands on its own. It will have a
fresh start, begin with new material and explorations. Emphasis in using basic exercises to attend to the theme of communicating and building trust through physical interaction.

Themes for the  workshop will be exploring pathways to get directly to connection and conversation; emphasizing skills for signaling invitation and setting boundaries; and exploring ways to express our preferences and dislikes.  There will also be ample time devoted to observation and open scores to delve into these practices in realistic situations.

The intent is for each person to harvest a “package of skills” to take away and use in one’s own dance practice.

The workshop is for movers wishing to expand their skills, beginners to improvisation who wish abroad set of tools to explore this kind of dancing, contact improvisation practitioners who want to expand their frame of reference, and practitioners of other partnering forms looking for something new.

The workshop will use contact improvisation as a basic platform, however, not in a traditional manner. We will break apart basic structures and vocabulary to explore the
space between moving people; initiating and exiting from contact; and a questioning of the use of the hands to delve into understanding the degree and type of influence offered – and accepted or declined.

The intention is to offer work that is valuable for participants coming from a variety of backgrounds, to offer a work that is fundamental to the communication aspect of all partner dancing.

Nov 7 - 8, 2015
British Columbia Contact Improv Jam Weekend in Vancouver

Nov 10
Inclusion Jam at Balance Studio, 418 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, 8-10pm.
Nov 14 (Saturday)
Underscore, 4-7pm, at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu.
Discussion 4:00-4:30pm (attend if you are new to the Underscore or want a refresher). Dance 4:30-7pm. Please arrive on time and plan to stay until the end. For more information, contact Katherine Cook at

Nov 21 (Saturday)
V E R B A D A N C E : 
A Workshop In Voice - Movement - Writing 
with Heidi Drucker
The creative interplay of voice, movement and writing can be fun and powerful. In this workshop we’ll tap our individual wellsprings of ability, witness each other, and play with frameworks for creative interaction as a group. We will free-write and explore sound with focus on breath. We’ll find words from sounds, singing from words, movement from singing, and vice versa. We’ll cross-pollinate all these elements to create improvised group pieces. No experience necessary.

$25, Saturday Nov. 21, 1-4pm at Soma Yoga, 1423 NW 70th St., Seattle WA 98117. Contact Heidi at (206-789-8524) or

Dec 12 (Saturday)
Underscore, 4-7pm, at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu 

Dec 16 - 20, 2015
Centrum Jam in Port Townsend
Cost: $300-$400 || single day $125/$150
Meals: $50 for 3 meals (evening only) $20 single (or bring your own - full kitchens in all lodging). Contact Cyrus Khambatta or 206-935-0459.

Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016  
New Year Dance Retreat with Karen Nelson on Vashon Island 

Jan 10 - 15, 2016
The WOW of Contact 2016 at Breitenbush Hot Springs, with Carolyn Stuart and TouchMonkey 

Mar 12 - 20, 2016
Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam, 35th anniversary, hosted by Joint Forces Dance

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