Beginner-Level Contact Improvisation Classes with Dawne Carleton

In Classes, Workshops on July 9, 2010 by danceumbrella

Thursdays from July 15th to September 2nd, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
$100 + HST for eight-class series.
Drop-ins welcome $20/class, $14 students, seniors and CADA members

Contact Improvisation is a dance that unfolds in the moment as one or more dancers explore a point of contact and their relationship with gravity.  Recognisable by its organic lifts, falls and rolls, its palpably sensorial physicality and the dimensionality of its movement range, the study of Contact Improvisation is a pursuit in its own right that also offers a uniquely balanced workout, a complement to other dance forms and a gateway to creativity.

This series of classes will introduce sound practices and basic skills in Contact Improvisation.  All are welcome to attend.  Each class will begin with a thorough, awareness-based warm-up designed to open the senses, ease out the day, gently bring increased mobility to the joints and tune our relationship with the floor.  From there we’ll focus on specific physical or technical skills; for example, learning to initiate movement from all six limbs (hands, feet, head and tail) or exploring approaches for safely giving and receiving weight.  Injury prevention and developing a sense of relaxation and comfort will be the baseline for our work.  We will dance.

Classes will take place at Movement Centre, located at 2480 Dundas Street West, just a five-minute walk north of Dundas West subway station.  To see complete fee schedule and to register via PayPal, please visit  .

For more information, please contact the instructor directly at 416-530-2960 or

Dawne Carleton is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and creative facilitator who specialises in improvisation.  Her approach to Contact Improvisation is informed by her 20-year exploration of the form as well as studies with teachers Nina Martin, Pam Johnson, Andrew Harwood, Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson.  She also draws upon developmental movement, experiential anatomy and Movement-Listening, her core improvisational practice for the past decade.  Dawne is a regular participant at the Sunday Contact Improvisation jam in Toronto, and continues to be delighted and inspired by her dances there.  Dawne trained at the University of Waterloo, the University of Nantes, France, the School of Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa, the New York Dance Intensive and the European Dance Development Centre in Arhem, the Netherlands.  She has been described a choreographer who is “in the studio examining what the art form is… enhanc[ing] our understanding of who and what we are as embodied creatures” (The Dance Current).

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