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Dance Map Directory
contemporary dance & improvisation resources worldwide


Action figure duet by Yeong Wen Lee.

Welcome to CQ’s 2017 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 May 1, 2017

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 |

California Institute of the Arts
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Valencia, CA, United States
BFA in Dance, MFA in Choreography

Pursue your passion for dance in a community of practicing contemporary artists, engaging daily in the creation of innovative choreography. Build strong, versatile technique; hone performance skills; cultivate interdisciplinary practices; and participate in all aspects of theatrical production within a rigorous arts environment.
(661) 253-7771 | |

Connecticut College
Department of Dance
New London, CT, United States

Step into dance! Connecticut College offers a program shaped by some of the most notable names in the field. The department of dance offers integrated study of theory and technique, with an emphasis on performance and choreography; program supports creative and intellectual development in a liberal arts context. Our dance majors graduate to become the next generation of trailblazing dance artists.
(860) 439-2830 | |

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 Cultural Studies, Movement Analysis, Composition/Improvisation, 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 |

Goddard College
Interdisciplinary Arts
Plainfield, VT, United States
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

The low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) engages artists from a variety of practices—including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts—to study in a rigorous interdisciplinary context. Not only do students have the opportunity to work across artistic disciplines both individually and in collaboration with peers, but the MFAIA also encourages broader interdisciplinary inquiry, enabling dialogue among art and science, social science, humanities, and other systems of knowledge. Residencies in Plainfield, Vermont, and Port Townsend, Washington.
(802) 322-1613 | |

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 | |

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA, United States
MFA, Dance

Hollins’s MFA program provides students a wide range of experiences, opportunities, mentorships, and exposure to the international dance field. During the summer, students gather for five weeks on the Hollins campus, then travel to Frankfurt, Germany, for three weeks of study. The European Study is in collaboration with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company.
(540) 362-6575 | |

James Madison University
School of Theatre and Dance
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
BA in Theatre and Dance, Dance Concentration,
Dance Minor, Teaching Licensure in Dance

The JMU dance curriculum includes progressive levels of modern and ballet technique, dance improvisation and composition, history of dance, performance production and theory of design, anatomy and somatic studies, teaching methods, and repertory ensembles. Elective dance courses include jazz, tap, yoga, Pilates, ballroom, international folk, West African dance, and a summer intensive in contemporary theater and dance in London.
(540) 568-6511 | |

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: expand every dimension of your art at Mills.
(510) 430-2175 | |

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 | |

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;
MS in Dance/Movement Therapy; MFA in Dance

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 | | |

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

From June 4 to June 24, 2017, Skidmore College will offer an intensive workshop for pre-professional and professional dancers led by Stephen Petronio and Company. This unique training opportunity will offer daily classes in technique and repertory, supplemented by evening and social activities, all on Skidmore College’s beautiful campus in upstate New York.
(518) 580-5596 | |

Smith College
Dance Department
Northampton, MA, United States

All 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 Christian University
School for Classical & Contemporary Dance
Fort Worth, TX, United States
BFA in Ballet and/or Modern Dance

Professionally oriented dance training, emphasizing both practice and theory within a liberal arts environment. See website for program description, photos, faculty info, and yearly calendar of events. Follow us on Facebook:
(817) 257-7615 | |

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 | |

The 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, OSU 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. “OSU Dance—a nest of brilliance” (William Forsythe).
(614) 292-7977 | |

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Los Angeles, CA, United States

UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance offers a comprehensive graduate program, with faculty including Kyle Abraham, Anurima Banerji, Susan Foster, Dan Froot, Angelia Leung, Victoria Marks, Janet O’Shea, Lionel Popkin, David Rousseve, and Cheng-Chieh Yu. An MFA is offered for those pursuing a professional choreographic career, and an MA/PhD for those more focused on scholarly approaches. Both degrees combine aspects of the arts, globalization, curation, film, ritual, politics, and critical dance studies.
(310) 825-3951 | |

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Dance
Greensboro, NC, United States
BA, BFA, K–12 Licensure, MA in Theories & Practices, MFA in Choreography, MA in Dance Education, Minor

UNCG programs in dance offer rich experiences in artistry and scholarship that entwine practice, creative expression, and critical investigation. Understanding arises from opportunities to investigate dancing through experiential and analytical lenses, such as improvisation, performance, choreography, aesthetics, education, somatics, and history. Students develop their choreographic voices and deepen their understanding of dance making as a personal, cultural, and social process and product through guided investigations of choreographic methods and practices in coaching and performing movement.
(336) 334-5570 | |

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
London, United Kingdom
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. We are a creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, choreographers, teachers, artists, and researchers, and we are acknowledged internationally as a leader in the contemporary arts. With one of the largest teams of specialist contemporary dance artist-teachers in the world, our world-class facilities include a 300-seat theatre, 13 purpose-built dance studios, and the largest dance library and archive in Europe. Our links with the professional dance world, local communities, and other arts organizations ensure that an experience at Trinity Laban will be rich and rewarding.
+44 (0)20 8305 9400 | |

Trinity Laban and Independent Dance with Siobhan Davies Dance
London, 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 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. Deadline for applications: July 1, 2017.
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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 performance. 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 Theatre 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
Dance Program
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 | | |

University of Utah School of Dance
Modern Dance Program
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
BFA and MFA, MFA Graduate Certificate in ScreenDance,
Minor in Modern Dance, Secondary Teaching Licensure in Dance
A nationally top-ranked program, the MFA degree in Modern Dance at the University of Utah develops performers, choreographers, educators and scholars through a rigorous and innovative physical, creative, and intellectual curriculum. With a vast network of successful alumni working throughout the profession, the Modern Dance Program has a history of preparing emerging artists to be leaders in the field.
(801) 581-7327 | |

Winthrop University
Department of Theatre and Dance
Rock Hill, SC, United States
BA in Dance, BA in Dance with Teacher Certification (K–12)

Program includes modern, ballet, jazz, and many elective areas of dance. NASD accreditation. Scholarships available by audition; awards ranging up to $14,080 for out-of-state students.
(803) 323-2287 | |

Independent: Certificate Programs

bewegungs-art freiburg
TIP—School for Dance, Improvisation & Performance Freiburg, Germany
We are in a transitional period. We will close our state-approved two-year program (too much bureaucracy) and move into educational full-time modules, with a three-month Basic module, a one-year Follow-Up module (beginning in 2018), and shorter Performance and High-Level modules. Focus will change to emphasize improvisation as instant composition and performance. Major subjects will be Body Awareness & Movement Training, Contemporary Dance Technique, Contact Improvisation & Partnering, Improvisation, and Performance.
+49 761 276167 | |

Body-Mind Centering®
Kinesthetic Learning Center
Asheville, NC, United States
SBMC Licensed ISMETA and NCBTMB Approved Provider

June 16–August 3, 2017: Join our BMC® licensed trainings to explore a diverse range of somatic topics and investigative approaches. From conceptual and technical understanding of anatomy and physiology to developmental and educational methods, courses are designed for you to explore a deep wealth of knowledge and apply it to yourself and your practice.
(406) 770-9244 | |

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 sessions of two to four days in Greensboro, NC. In addition, trainees attend residential workshops and receive private lessons throughout the year and complete independent-study projects. The program is designed for professionals and mature learners who weave the training into their lives. Director Robin Gilmore and other faculty members teach annual residential workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad.
(410) 268-2841 | |

DanceAbility International
DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course
Various Locations
DanceAbility Teacher's Certificate offered
Alito Alessi, Director

Four weeks. Learn to teach improvisation and performance-making to groups of ALL abilities and disabilities. Also great for personal artistic and somatic research whether you plan to teach or not. Contact improvisation partially informs this method. Manual with hundreds of exercises included. July 2017: Lisbon, Portugal; or August 2017: Greece. Inquire about five-day and Master Trainer’s courses.
(541) 357-4982 | |

Eastwest Somatics for Dance and Movement
St. George, UT, United States
RYS 200 & 500 through Yoga Alliance

Land to Water Yoga, Intrinsic Dance, and Shin Somatics® Integrative Bodywork. Sondra Fraleigh and Eastwest Associates teach International Workshops and Retreats in the United States, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Italy. International Conferences in Zion, Utah, every other year. Stay tuned for opportunities to present.
(435) 673-5316 | |

Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy
Training and Professional Development Programmes
United Kingdom, Lithuania, and Russia
ISMETA-approved diploma: MA by Research (Chichester University, UK)

A holistic approach to somatic movement therapy and education based on principles of Body-Mind Centering®, Infant Movement Development, Authentic Movement, and Somatic Psychology. An ISMETA-approved diploma programme offering professional training; also workshops and retreats for personal and professional development. Offered in the UK, Lithuania, and Moscow with founding director Linda Hartley and faculty.
+44 (0) 7500 838 563 | |

José Limón Dance Foundation
Limón School
New York, NY, United States

Professional Studies Program is an intensive nine-month program designed to immerse dancers in the Humphrey/Limón movement philosophy. Intermediate/Advanced dance studies includes introductory workshops exploring underlying principles of Limón technique; daily technique classes; intensive repertory workshops; individual coaching sessions with current/former company members; and NY-based performance opportunities. Fall Studies Program, International Visa Program, and Summer Workshops available.
(212) 777-3353 | |

Lower Left Dance Ranch Berlin/Marfa
Program of Marfa Live Arts
Teacher Certification in Ensemble Thinking

Summer 2017 Dance Ranch Lab: Berlin, Germany, July 17–July 21, and Marfa, Texas, August 3–August 7. Committed to artistic innovation through research; performance; and teaching Contact Improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, and ReWire: Dancing States. Members: Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass, Leslie Scates, Kelly Dalrymple-Wass, and Shelley Senter.
(432) 295-0637 | |

MamaDances International Teachers Training 2017
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Certification in Mom and Baby Dance and/or Parent and Child Dance

Begun in 2006, MamaDances is a relational art that promotes holistic health of parents, children, families, and communities through music and movement. It enhances parent-child bonding and forges social connections through an active, playful, creative, and celebratory dance experience. The affiliated weeklong trainings are sophisticated yet simple consolidations of contemporary, traditional, folk, cultural, creative, and somatic approaches, designed to help dancers, dance teachers, and dance/movement therapists, as well as perinatal support professionals or preschool educators who have a strong movement background, implement or enhance their own similar programs with teaching manuals, class plans, choreography, music playlists, supporting video, and promotional support.
(888) 687-9796 | |

Moving On Center (MOC)—School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research 2017
San Francisco, CA, United States
Certificate in Somatic Training (128 hours)

Established in 1994 by cofounders 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. Returning to the Bay Area, MOC (sponsored by ZACCHO/Joanna Haigood) features weekend Somatic Education Modules taught by master teachers in the field. Jan. 25–29: Martha Eddy, G. Hoffman Soto, Carol Swann; April 5–9: Peggy Hackney, Carol Swann, Anne Bluethanthal; July 26–30: Diane Elliot, Frey Faust, Vitali Kononov, Carol Swann; Nov. 1–5: Peggy Hackney, Carol Swann, Brenton Cheng. Curriculum includes Experiential Anatomy, Developmental Movement, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals™, Alexander Technique™, Body-Mind Centering®, Axis Syllabus, Voice Thru the Body, Integration Classes, and Somatic Seminars.
(510) 524-5013 | |

Patricia Bardi—VMI Somatic Practice
Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Worldwide
Accredited as Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator through ISMETA
Licensed Natural Health Practitioner, KTNO for health insurance,
VMI Somatic Practice Certification Program in Vocal Dance & Voice Movement Integration

Program leads to a registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator and is centered in Amsterdam and accredited by ISMETA and KTNO. The training develops skills connecting dance, movement, voice, improvisation, bodywork, and physical repatterning education. New group begins each autumn. Organ Rebalancing—an advanced bodywork practitioner postgraduate program—is also accredited by KTNO. The Rocca Project, located in the beautiful landscape of Roccatederighi, Tuscany, Italy, is an interdisciplinary performance and healing arts program offered annually in July/August.
+31 (0)6 246 17853 | |

Spiral Praxis Advanced Studies Program
Spiral Movement Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Somatic Movement Education Certification and Spiral Praxis Certification

Spiral Praxis Advanced Studies Program (registration Summer 2017) offers prospective candidates comprehensive hands-on training in cutting-edge somatic techniques. The 1,500-hour program will be offered year-round and provides rigorous world-class training for passionate students interested in exploring advanced applications of somatic movement reeducation and research.
(416) 469-3569 | |

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 Productions
Boulder, CO; Missoula, MT; Los Angeles, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Wilmington, NC; Oakland, CA; Port Angeles, WA, 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 |

arlequi program 2017
Banyoles, Spain
June 7–14: States of Grace—CI with Nancy Stark Smith; July 5–11: Feldenkrais Method & Movement Improvisation with Thomas Kampe; July 18–22: The Space of the Body and the Body in the Space with Angels Margarit; August 26–31: Capoeira-Systema Contact Improvisation with Bruno Caverna; September 3–13: Dance Technique & Improvisation with Julyen Hamilton.
+49 7213528910 | +49 15730061148 | |

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Hosted by the Pomona College Dance Program
Claremont, CA, United States

Embodying the Architecture of the Body as a Foundation for Movement: A 12-day workshop on a Body-Mind Centering® Approach to Dance, July 7–21, 2017. Join Bonnie in her first long intensive focused specifically on dance. Explore a body-based approach to dancing with ease, flexibility, strength, and expression. Open pathways to natural, effortless fluency; increased dynamic range; expanded choreographic possibilities; and more extensive improvisational creativity.
(510) 243-1500 | |

Breitenbush Contact Improv Jam
Detroit, OR, United States
35+ years of this eight-day Jam, mid-March each year, at a mountain wilderness hot-springs retreat in Oregon. Beautiful tree-surrounded studio; guided warm-ups and evening performances; much open, focused jamming; afternoon workshops with guest master; organic, vegetarian meals provided. Various price options. Limited space; fills fast.
(541) 357-4982 | | |

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 30 years.
(413) 634-5678 | |

Vienna International Dance Festival; Workshops & Research
Vienna, Austria

ImPulsTanz is the biggest European contemporary dance festival, featuring performances, workshops, the five-week training programmes ATLAS–Creating Dance Trails and Biblioteca do Corpo, auditions, a festival lounge, and more. 150 internationally renowned teachers and choreographers are heading 230 classes/workshops of all levels. Amongst the teachers for 2017 are Alito Alessi, Eszter Gal, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Keith Hennessy, Jennifer Lacey, Benoît Lachambre, Nita Little, Eroca Nicols, and David Zambrano. Information available only from April 2017. From July 28–30, 2017, ImPulsTanz hosts the 5th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education. This year's topic will be "why compromise. mind the dance." Visit for more information and to join the platform! Early bird registration for the symposium weekend until May 30 on
+43 (1) 523 55 58 | |

Independent Dance
London, United Kingdom
Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation that supports dance artists in their ongoing development. Its year-round programme provides 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 2017, Taitung CI & Improv. Dance Workshop, CI JAMs!

i-lab 2017: An open lab for improvisation dance performance (3rd Sunday evening each month), providing 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 & Improv. Dance Workshop in Taitung in early July; CI JAMs: every 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons monthly.
+886-2-28923600 | |

Leviathan Studio
Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada
Hosts workshops in Contact Improvisation during the summer months. This off-grid facility boasts one of the best dance floors, suspended on car tires for good spring. Serving organic food in a well-structured environment devoted to the study of Contact Improvisation.

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 | |

Ponderosa Movement & Discovery
Lunow-Stolzenhagen, Germany
From May to October 2017, we offer the P.O.R.C.H. professional Summer School Program and the TanzLand Festival, with intensive training and practices, Contact Jams, performances, and collaborative artistic residencies. We are located in a National Park northeast of Berlin. This year with Yoshiko Chuma, Jess Curtis, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Keith Hennessy, Benoit Lachambre, Stephanie Maher, Peter Pleyer, Jen Polins, Maria F. Scaroni, Meg Stuart, and many more.
+49 333 65 549867 | |

Redhorse Studio
Build-Your-Own-Residency with Susan Rethorst
Philadelphia, PA, United States

We discuss current questions and what kind of work might be useful. We settle on a schedule—a weekend to a month or several meetings of a few days. My involvement can range from full time to dropping in on your studio time as needed; a combination of teaching, mentoring, dance wrecking© and whatever else arises. Residencies can address teaching issues, work with language and dance, writing and articulation for various uses. The guest room is available for visiting artists.
(917) 297-8092 | |

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT)
Northampton, MA, United States
SCDT is composed of 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 mission is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention and a directive to continue challenging established ideals.
(413) 570-4491 | |

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI)
Velocity Dance Center
Seattle, WA, United States

SFDI is a world-renowned international festival, providing the opportunity to learn and share experiences with some of today’s most highly regarded dance artists. SFDI is a week of intensives, classes, CI jams, somatic labs, site-specific workshops, performances, and discussions focused on fostering the study and practice of dance improvisation. 2017 faculty includes Joe Goode, Angie Hauser, Hilary Clark, Anya Cloud, Andrew Marcus, Taisha Paggett, Karen Nelson, Raja Feather Kelly, and Sheri Cohen. Festival dates: July 30–Aug 6, 2017.
(206) 325-8773 | |

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) 2017
Berkeley, CA, United States
wcciJAM 2017: June 29–July 4, 10 a.m.–midnight, open jam/exchange. Five-day intensives with Ishmael Houston-Jones & Shel Wagner Rasch. Family classes with Rossana Alves & Krista DeNio. Classes with Carol Swann, Daniel Bear Davis, Ezra LeBank, Jordan Fuchs, Jordan Stout, Katherine Cook, Mary Pearson, Neige Christenson, Nina Wehnhert, Nuria Bowart, and more. Registration discount before 6/1. Drop-ins available.

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Contact Editions
A curated collection of dance and improvisation books and DVDs is available through Contact Editions. Click, and read the full catalog here on our website!

The Dance Current
The Dance Current provides unique and unparalleled coverage of the Canadian dance scene. Inclusive of all dance genres, The Dance Current takes the reader inside the art and culture of dance through our print publication, online content, e~current email newsletter, social media and live events. Our stories about performers, choreographers, teachers, presenters, and curators inspire and motivate. Articles on health, conditioning and production help our readers stay on trend. The Dance Current is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Canadian dance scene. Follow us @thedancecurrent on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe by visiting

CQ Contact Quarterly
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