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Contact Quarterly

CQ/CE Publishing Project Director(s)
Lisa Nelson
Nancy Stark Smith (1976-May 2020)

Lisa Nelson

Contributing Editors
Aretha Aoki
Rosemary Carroll
Colleen Bartley
Meredith Bove
mayfield brooks
Melinda Buckwalter
Sofia Engelman
Margit Galanter
Karen Nelson
Andrea Olsen
Lailye Weidman

Supporting Editors
Steve Paxton
Simone Forti

Archive & Special Projects:
Lesley Farlow

CI Newsletter Co-editors
Nancy Stark Smith (1975-2020)
Colleen Bartley (2014-2020)

Operations/Office Mgr
Jerry Mandel

Communications Mgr
Sofia Engelman

Web Director
Lisa Nelson

Daniel Lepkoff

Advisory Board
Chris Aiken
Shaina Cantino
Lesley Farlow
Sarah Lass
Marlene Wong
Marlon Barrios Solano (consultant)
Sara Smith (consultant)

CONTACT QUARTERLY, a vehicle for moving ideas, is a journal of contemporary dance and improvisation. Presenting materials that spring from the experience of doing, we exist to encourage articulation and dialogue, and to stimulate activity and exploration within the field of movement and its performance. CQ is the longest living, independent, artist-made, non-profit, reader-supported magazine devoted to the dancer's voice.

In January 2020, after producing the final issue of CQ as a print periodical, Vol. 45.1, we transitioned to publishing exclusively online.

We are welcoming year-round submissions for two online publications:

CQ Rolling Edition—our new open access blog format. Launched during the shelter-at-home phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, CQ RE is dedicated to the creative practice and embodied discourse of dancers meeting the challenges of a pervasive Unknown. Publishing submissions as they come, it is a place to share ideas, resources, questions, initiatives, and concerns as they emerge in our imaginations and our lives.

CQ Unbound has been the online wing of CQ dance journal since 2008. Exclusively for subscribers through 2020, it opened to public access on January 1, 2021. CQ Unbound contains original writings and full transcripts of print interviews that extend the content of the print journal. These in-depth articles offer a rare inside look at the thoughts, practices, and creative processes of contemporary dance and movement artists.

See our Submission Guidelines here.

Founded in 1975 as the Contact Newsletter, Contact Quarterly began as a forum for discussion of the emerging dance form Contact Improvisation (CI). Serving as a meeting ground for a growing international network of dance improvisers, CQ quickly grew to include writings and interviews on postmodern and contemporary experimental dance, somatic movement practices, improvisational dance, mixed-abilities dance, teaching methods, creative process, and performance.

The CQ CI Newsletter, with news and views of Contact Improvisation activities worldwide, continued as a featured section in CQ print journal through Vol. 43. It moved online to increase public access in 2010. Its final issue as a biannual online publication was released in June 2020. The views from the contact improvisation community continue to be voiced on CQ's ongoing Rolling Edition.

Providing a platform for seasoned and emerging dance artists and educators to communicate and dialogue about their work, CQ is a singular record of developments over the last 45 years (see our Back Issues) and plays an active role in supporting the artists and creative forms that appear in, and reach beyond, our pages.

We invite you to participate in the dialogue that is CQ. See how by clicking through our website. You can access samples of articles from our print journal on CQ Article Gallery. In 2021, we began our transition to become a Resource&Archive Site, with the full contents of our print issues accessible in digital form, and much more. Please stayed tuned by joining our mailing list.

Current Issue Article Gallery CQ Unbound
IWB = IMPROVISING WHILE BLACK Flashback: Interview with Nancy Stark Smith  April 2002 Flashback: Interview with Nancy Stark Smith  April 2002
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CQ is a resource for:

  • Artists
  • materials about dance-making, creative process, collaboration, teaching and performance practices
  • articles by dancers evolving new forms, concepts, and practices
  • Contact Improvisors
  • a biannual CI Newsletter with reports of CI activities and views from around the world
  • CI "shoptalk" articles in print and online
  • a CI Contacts List for finding CI events and practitioners worldwide
  • Dance Students and Enthusiasts
  • information about workshops and trainings
  • an inside look at thoughts, practices, and creative work of professional dance and movement artists at all levels of their careers
  • source material for academic papers
  • an opportunity to feel connected with a worldwide community of dancers
  • Dance Educators
  • articles about teaching methods, for both young and seasoned teachers
  • regular listings of new resources: books, DVDs, references
  • Dance Scholars and Critics
  • 45 years of original source material by and about prime movers in the field of contemporary dance and improvisation
  • Somatic Practitioners and Dance Therapists
  • experiential writings about the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of movement practices
  • articles about body-mind practices including: Body-Mind Centering®, Feldenkrais®, Ideokinesis, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing®, Continuum, Authentic Movement, and DanceAbility

CQ Contact Quarterly
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Northampton, MA 01061


ph: 413-341-4113

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Contact Quarterly is the longest living, independent, artist-made,
reader-supported magazine devoted to the dancer's voice in the field        
of contemporary dance and improvisation.

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CC is the 501c3 non-profit parent organization of Contact Quarterly,
Contact Editions, Videoda, & Performance/Workshop project.

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