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Dance Map Directory
contemporary dance & improvisation resources worldwide


Dancers at ECITE 2017, Tuscania, Italy, August 2017. Photo © Cristina Crippa

Welcome to CQ’s 2019 Dance Map Directory. Movers of all ages regularly ask us for guidance on where to study and practice the kinds of dance, movement, and somatic work represented in our publications. Every year we are thrilled to include more resources. Here you will find an expanded list of academic and independent dance programs, somatic programs, organizations, artist residences, retreat centers, festivals, dance-related events, products, and services. We hope you find what you're looking for, as well as inspiration to explore.

For deadlines and specs on how to submit your Dance Map Directory listing, click here.

Updated January 1, 2019

Academic (Undergraduate & Graduate
Degree Programs)

Bennington College
Dance Program
Bennington, VT, United States

Focus on creating new dance work and, by so doing, learn about the dynamic interrelationship of multiple elements and multiple disciplines. Collaborative opportunities; remarkable facilities.
(802) 440-4547 |

Denison University
Department of Dance
Granville, OH, United States
BA in Dance, Minor

A small and vibrant liberal arts school, Denison is committed to intellectual and artistic investigation in multiple areas of study: Movement Practices include Modern/Postmodern, African/Diaspora, and Performance in various genres; Dance Studies encompass Composition/Improvisation, Cultural Studies, Movement Analysis, and Somatics. Courses are taught by three active and accomplished artists/scholars and complemented by a rich Guest Artist Residency Program.
(740) 587-6712 |

Five College Dance Department
Amherst, MA, United States

Dance in the intellectually and artistically vibrant academic community of the Five College Dance Department, offering over 100 courses a year through the coordinated curricula of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Intensive, varied dance training combining faculty, facilities, and numerous choreographic and performing opportunities.
(413) 559-6622 |

Gustavus Adolphus College
Department of Theatre and Dance
St. Peter, MN, United States
BA Dance, Dance Minor

The Department of Theatre and Dance’s mission emphasizes the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation. Our program seeks to produce technically skilled, articulate movers who use dance as a way to perceive, discover, create, and communicate. In addition to our accomplished faculty, teaching and choreography is supplemented by nationally recognized guest artists.
(507) 933-7353 | |

Mills College
Dance Department
Oakland, CA, United States

At Mills College, you’ll be encouraged to push the boundaries of your artistic vision. You’ll integrate your physical and intellectual practice with close mentoring by our renowned faculty and support from our inclusive community of dancers. Find inspiration in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s innovative dance scene, and expand every dimension of your art at Mills.
(510) 430-2175 | /dance |

Oberlin College
Department of Dance
Oberlin, OH, United States
BA in Dance

The Oberlin College Dance Department encourages students to create, perform, and think about dance in a manner that is consonant with their studies in the liberal arts. The curriculum offers various approaches to the study of movement, with an emphasis on connecting physical and intellectual learning. We support students’ curiosity and encourage a willingness to take risks and explore new ideas.
(440) 775-8152 | |

Ohio State University
Department of Dance
Columbus, OH, United States

Located in a state-of-the-art facility near the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State Dance integrates physical practice, creative process, and theoretical inquiry through Movement Practice, Improvisation, Choreography, Performance, Analysis, Criticism, Filmmaking, Design, Intermedia, Technology, History, Theory, Literature, Writing, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Graduate associate and fellowships awarded; NASD accredited. “Ohio State Dance—a nest of brilliance” (William Forsythe).
(614) 292-7977 | |

Rowan University
Department of Theatre and Dance
Glassboro, NJ, United States
BA in Dance

The Rowan University BA in Dance is committed to experimental and collaborative movement training coupled with intellectual engagement. Students develop individual artistry through performance opportunities, close faculty mentorship, and exposure to current performance practices. Introductory courses like Dance Improvisation increase body awareness and encourage movement invention, while the upper-level courses—Advanced Styles and Composition—explore the expressive potential of the body. Rowan is situated near the cultural centers of Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore.
(856) 256-4030 | |

Sarah Lawrence College
Dance Program
Bronxville, NY, United States
BA in Liberal Arts, Concentration in Dance;
MFA in Dance; MS in Dance/Movement Therapy

The Sarah Lawrence College Dance Program provides an inclusive curriculum that exposes students to vital aspects of dance through physical, creative, and analytical practices. The faculty includes award-winning dance artists with active, creative professional practices. Proximity to New York City allows the infusion of the richness of the NYC dance community into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to study broadly, widen their definitions of dance and performance, inform their practice with ideas that stretch beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and engage in explorations of form and function. A variety of performing opportunities are available in both informal and formal settings.
(914) 337-0700 | | |

Smith College
Department of Dance
Northampton, MA, United States
BA, MFA in Dance

All graduate students receive fellowships in the two-year co-ed MFA program embedded in the Five College Dance Department. The faculty includes renowned improvisation artists Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Mike Vargas. Areas of specialization: performance, choreography, creative process, dance-film, music, pedagogy, dance science, critical theory, and dance research. As technique instructors, fellows obtain significant experience teaching in higher education. Intimate community; close mentorship.
(413) 585-3232 | |

Texas Woman’s University
Department of Dance
Denton, TX, United States
BA in Dance Studies, BA in Dance Education with teaching certificate,
MA in Dance, MFA in Dance, PhD in Dance

TWU’s Department of Dance provides a comprehensive liberal arts–based dance program with a rigorous yet noncompetitive creative culture. The bachelor’s programs develop students as dance artists and educators. The master’s programs merge studio work with an in-depth study of dance as art and cultural expression, providing students the skills and knowledge needed to impact the field of contemporary dance. TWU’s doctorate in dance is a research-oriented program with a low-residency, cohort format. Students connect theory with practice in such contexts as artistic process, dance studies, pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching.
(940) 898-2086 | |

Trinity Laban and Independent Dance with Siobhan Davies Dance
United Kingdom
MA/MFA Programme in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice

This programme provides a rigorous learning and research opportunity for mid-career dance artists. Two core modules, Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice, are delivered by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance, in the Siobhan Davies Studios. This professional environment allows for intensive and focused somatic, creative, and theoretical inquiry with significant artists and a skilled peer group. Students in need of financial aid can apply for bursary support.
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Department of Dance
Urbana, IL, United States

The MFA Program in Dance fosters substantive choreographic research that posits dance as a force in contemporary culture. The program embraces a wide spectrum of individual movement research and embodied practice, and boasts a new facility dedicated to graduate research. Faculty include Jan Erkert, Sara Hook, Linda Lehovec, Jennifer Monson, Rebecca Nett-Fiol, Tere O’Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Kirstie Simson, Endalyn Taylor, John Toenjes, Renée Wadleigh, and Abby Zbikowski.
(217) 333-1010 | |

University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt am Main
Department of Contemporary and Classical Dance (ZuKT)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
BA Dance, MA Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE),
MA Choreography & Performance (MA CuP)

The BA dance program, with Dir. Prof. Dieter Heitkamp, is built on seven interconnected columns—technique, creativity, body awareness, theory, project work, interdisciplinarity, and performances. MA CoDE, with Dir. Prof. Ingo Diehl, supports dance-makers by reconsidering fundamentals of their practice and the function of the teacher/facilitator in the learning process. MA CuP, with Dir. Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, is designed toward dance, body, movement, choreography, and performance, as well as scientific method. In cooperation with the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen. ZuKT collaborates within an international network of artists, theatres, and institutions.
+49 69 154 007 146 |; | (MA CuP)

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States
Performing Arts and Social Justice Major, Dance Concentration, Dance Minor

The University of San Francisco Dance Program offers a unique educational model in the performing arts: a four-year program designed to provide in-depth training and practice of dance as social action, grounded in rigorous technical and choreographic exploration. The Performing Arts Dept. offers a Major in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a Dance Concentration, and a Minor in Dance.
(415) 422-5979 | | |

Independent: Certificate Programs

Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies
Alexander Technique Teacher Training
Annapolis, MD, and Greensboro, NC, United States

CBAS is a three-year teacher training program composed of monthly two-
to four-day sessions in Greensboro, NC. Trainees also attend residential workshops and private lessons throughout the year and complete independent-study projects. Program is designed for professionals and mature learners who weave the training into their lives. Director Robin Gilmore and other faculty members teach throughout the U.S. and abroad.
(410) 268-2841 | |

Certificate Programs in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS)
Berlin, Germany
EUROLAB Certificate Basic in LBMS after two years and the title "Certified Laban Movement Analyst" after two further years

The EUROLAB Certificate Programs in LBMS Basic Level and Advanced Level are offered four weeks in July/Aug. beginning in 2019 and directed by Antja Kennedy. The curriculum includes the practical and theoretical study of Bartenieff Fundamentals (basic six sequences, body connectivity, and whole-body organizational patterns), Laban Movement Studies (Space Harmony; Effort and Shape theory), movement observation and notation (including methods of observation, observation exercises, and motif writing), and seminars on the history and application of LBMS. Program goal is to acquire the foundations of a comprehensive movement study and a holistic understanding of movement. Application deadline: March 31, 2019.
+49 (0) 30 52 28 24 46 | |

Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy Training
United Kingdom, Lithuania, and Russia
ISMETA Approved Diploma Programme
The Institute offers training and professional development in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. Our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of ISMETA, allowing our successful graduates to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists. The training was founded in 1990 by Linda Hartley and provides a rich and holistic approach, integrating somatic movement and psychology.

Lower Left
Program of Marfa Live Arts
Teacher Certification in ENSEMBLE THINKING

Fall/Winter 2018: Beyond the Skinesphere: Ensemble Thinking and CI, November 2–4, Warsaw, Poland; L.I.F.T. December 15 & 16, Berlin, Germany; Dance Ranch Marfa, Texas, July 2019. Committed to artistic innovation through research, performance, and teaching Contact Improvisation/Ensemble Thinking/ReWire–Dancing States. Members: Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass, Leslie Scates, Kelly Dalrymple-Wass, and Shelley Senter.
(432) 295-0637 | |

Moving On Center (MOC)
School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research
Berkeley, CA, United States
Certificate in Somatic Training (128 hours)

Established in 1994 by co-founders Carol Swann (Director) and Martha Eddy, MOC offers rigorous transformative training. A leading pioneer in Somatic Education, MOC integrates numerous somatic systems with the performing arts toward social change. For 2018, MOC’s new home is at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley. 2019 weekend Somatic Education Modules: Developmental Movement (Martha Eddy), Experiential Anatomy (G. Hoffman Soto), Alexander Technique™ (Carol Swann), Axis Syllabus (Sara Day Hanson), Body-Mind Centering® (Diane Elliot), Bartenieff Fundamentals™ (Brenton Cheng), Laban Movement Analysis™ (Peggy Hackney), Hakomi Somatic Therapy (Manuela Mischke-Reeds). Curriculum includes: Integration Classes, Process Circles & Somatic Seminars. See website for 2019–2020 training program.
(510) 524-5013 | |

Tamalpa Institute
Kentfield, CA, United States, and worldwide
Tamalpa Practitioner & MA/PHD Options

Tamalpa Institute, founded in 1978 by dance and expressive arts therapy pioneers Anna and Daria Halprin, offers a comprehensive training program and workshops in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®, a movement-based expressive arts approach that integrates movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques, and therapeutic practices. Students learn to incorporate the principles and tools of embodied creativity into their personal development and professional practices and take the work into such fields as expressive arts therapy, education, arts, consultation, health care, and community service.
(415) 457-8555 | |

Turning the Wheel
Turning the Wheel Productions
Boulder, CO, United States
"The Body Now" Facilitation Certification

A Holistic Journey for Personal Expansion and Community Transformation. Choose to dive into The Body Now and emerge with tools to restore communities, nurture leaders, and inspire inclusiveness and collaboration. Uncover how the wisdom of your body guides you to innovations and interventions that change the whole climate of your playing field, be it educational, political, business, spiritual, or artistic.
(303) 449-5720 | |

Independent: People, Places, & Programs

Aileen Crow
New York City & New City, NY, United States
Creativity Counseling and Performance Coaching

Creativity Counseling and Performance Coaching for individuals, couples, and groups. Aileen combines Mindell’s Process Work with Authentic Movement, Solo Focusing, and Art, as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Laban Movement Analysis, and Alexander Technique Plus.
(845) 634-5249 |

Bates Dance Festival
Lewiston, ME, United States
For three weeks each summer, an international community of students, faculty, educators, and professionals gather on the beautiful Bates College campus to create, perform, and exchange in a cooperative environment. A laboratory for contemporary dance, faculty for 2019 includes Nancy Stark Smith, Doug Varone, Reggie Wilson, Thomas F. DeFrantz, and Kimberly Bartosik.
(207) 786-6381 | |

Contact Improv Boston
Boston, MA, United States
Weekly events for dancers at all experience levels. Tuesday evening: jams, classes, and Underscores in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Sunday morning: classes/jams in Arlington center. Large residential weekend gatherings welcoming dancers from far afield: May Jam on Memorial Day weekend; Fall Jam on a weekend early in October; Winter Workshops throughout February and March. For info on many CI and improv events in the Boston area, join the Yahoo! Group ContactImprovBoston.

Workshop, Residency, and Retreat Center
Plainfield, MA, United States

A dynamic mix of dance, somatics, interdisciplinary arts, sustainable living, community, and social justice. Earthdance has been bringing year-round programming—including workshops, festivals, Contact Improvisation jams, creative residencies, performances, retreats, and rental space—to the Pioneer Valley for over 30 years.
(413) 634-5678 | |

Independent Dance
Siobhan Davies Studios, London, United Kingdom
Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation that supports dance artists in their ongoing development. It provides a year-round programme of opportunities to learn, share practice, and exchange ideas: regular classes in somatically informed approaches and improvisational techniques, workshops and intensives, discussions, performances, and an MA/MFA Creative Practice.
+44 (0)20 7091 9650 | |

Ku & Dancers
Taipei, Taiwan
i-lab 2019, Taitung CI & Improv. Dance Workshop, CI JAMs!
i-lab 2019: an open lab for improvisation dance performance (3rd Sunday evening monthly) that provides a space for anyone interested in improvisation dance performance and to create a dynamic community devoted to the practice of improvisation dance, recognizing its contribution to the artistic diversity and potential for making positive social changes; Taitung Workshop: CI Workshop in Taitung in early Jan. & July; CI JAMs: every 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoon monthly.
+886-2-28923600 | |

Movement Research
New York, NY, United States
Movement Research, one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, offers low-cost, ongoing, and drop-in classes; workshops; winter and summer MELT intensives, as well as festivals, performances, events, and artist residencies. Movement Research programs feature the most established, progressive teachers and creators in dance today. Movement Research publishes the web-based Critical Correspondence and the print-based twice-annual Movement Research Performance Journal; subscriptions are available online.
(212) 598-0551 | |

Playfulness & Mindfulness with Steve Clorfeine
Zurich, Switzerland, February 1–3, 2019
Cologne, Germany, April 26–28, 2019

The workshop is based on structured improvisations in movement & sound for solo and ensemble. We support the practice of improvisation with awareness exercises drawing from the tradition of Naropa University Arts and the Viewpoints work with space, time, shape, relationship, and image. Participants are at mixed levels of experience. English, with German translation. For Zurich, contact: Christoph Zihlmann, ; for Cologne, contact: Steve Clorfeine, .
(845) 626-3096 | |

Ponderosa Movement & Discovery
Lunow-Stolzenhagen, Germany
Ponderosa will present a full program of events, workshops, residencies, improvisations, experiments, and more, throughout 2019. The summer will shimmer with the P.O.R.C.H. program’s three modules—Training, Mystery, and Synthesis—alongside contact jams, performances, collaborations, and investigations, with facilitation from Kathleen Hermesdorf, Keith Hennessy, Benoît Lachambre, Stephanie Maher, Peter Pleyer, Joy Mariama Smith, Maria F. Scaroni, Robert Steijn, Diana Thielen, and many more. Keep an eye on the website for future updates on the full program, and we’ll see you out here soon.
+49 333 65 549867 | |

Sally E. Dean
Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance—Sally E. Dean
United States and United Kingdom

Sally E. Dean leads the Somatic Movement & Costume Project (since 2011)—a praxis that includes teaching choreographic and costume design methodologies based on creating and using Somatic Costumes™. These are designed and embedded with sensation and imagery to generate specific body-mind experiences (e.g., Balloon Hat—volume/buoyancy of skull) created in collaboration with costume designers/visual artists Lacunza and Rieckhof. Workshops, performances, installations, films, talks, and publications are offered for somatic practitioners, performance makers, costume designers, and more.
+44(0)790 360 1571 | |

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT)
Northampton MA, United States
SCDT is home to internationally experienced performance artists who are also innovative teachers. The school’s mission is to showcase contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. Central to the school’s directive is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention and a commitment to challenging established ideals.
413-570-4491 | |

Skidmore Summer Dance Workshop with STREB Extreme Action
Skidmore College/Office of the Dean of Special Programs
Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Non-credit and Undergraduate credit

From June 2 to June 22, 2019, Skidmore College will offer an intensive workshop for pre-professional and professional dancers led by STREB Extreme Action. This unique training opportunity will offer daily classes in POPACTION technique and STREB repertory, supplemented by evening and social activities, all on Skidmore College’s beautiful campus in upstate New York.
(518) 580-5596 | |

Spring 2019 East Coast Jam
Claymont Society, Claymont Court Estate
Charles Town, WV, United States

Four full days of dancing at idyllic Claymont Court Estate, near Charles Town, West Virgina! Jammers make the jam—warm-ups, workshops, performances, and other structures are initiated and led by us. Join us and invite those with whom you love to dance. April 10–14, 2019. Enrollment price increases on March 25, 2019.
Jonathan DeVilbiss (301) 602-7864 | |

Sten Rudstrom—Action Theater Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Action Theater™ Certification

Regular trainings in Action Theater™ Improvisation, Improvisation, Instant Composition, and Performance Training. Monthlong August training, two-week February training, and numerous weekend trainings in cities across Europe.
+49 (0)160 106 2309 | +49 (0)30 6959 8848 | |

West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam (wcciJAM) 2019
Berkeley, CA, United States
Friday, June 28–Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10AM–midnight. Open jamming, peer exchange, five-day intensives, individual classes, family jams, live music, performances, discussions, and much more.

Publications & Products

Contact Editions
A curated collection of dance and improvisation books, DVDs, and dance products is available through Contact Editions. Come visit the website for the full catalog:

Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive
Collected Edition 1972 – 1983 (DVD)
6 programs: narrated documentaries by initiator Steve Paxton, and documents of performances by founding practitioners. Click here for full info.

CQ Contact Quarterly
P.O. Box 603
Northampton, MA 01061


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