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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 May 1, 2019

Academic (Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs)

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, Composition/Improvisation, 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. Deadline for applications: June 7, 2019.
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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 two graduate programs, with faculty including Kyle Abraham, Anurima Banerji, Susan Foster, Dan Froot, Victoria Marks, Janet O’Shea, Lionel Popkin, David Rousseve, Tria Blu Wakpa, 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 wide-ranging perspectives on the arts, globalization, curation, film, ritual, politics, and critical dance studies.
(310) 825-3951 | |

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 | | |

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts
Department of Dance
Milwaukee, WI, United States
Conduct contemporary choreographic research through physical and theoretical inquiry in our low-residency program, based at a leading research university in a vibrant professional arts community. Examine current technical movement practices informed by somatic perspectives. Nurture original creative research with supportive faculty mentors and through personal exploration. On-campus and distance learning create an intensive yet flexible program for today’s professional performers, choreographers, and educators. Alumnae include Juliana May, Davalois Fearon, and Gerald Casel. In-state tuition, fellowships, and other financial aid available for qualified dancers.
(414) 229-2648 | |

York University–Dance
School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design
Toronto, ON, Canada
BFA, Choreography/Performance, Dance Education
MFA, Choreography/Collaboration/Creation
MA/PHD Dance Studies
An integrated dancing and dance study approach that provides top-level training in the areas of contemporary dance forms, choreography, teaching, production, design, screendance, movement analysis, dance kinesiology, writing, history, and ethnography. We provide hands-on professional training in an interdisciplinary environment that cultivates creative and critical thinking. Be involved in performing, producing, choreographing, teaching, film and video, community outreach, and research initiatives.
(416) 736-5137 | |

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 2-and 4-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 United States and abroad.
(410) 268-2841 | |

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.

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 a rigorous and transformative training. A leading pioneer in Somatic Education, MOC integrates numerous somatic systems with the performing arts toward social change. MOC’s home is at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley. 2019–20 extended weekend Somatic Education Module: Developmental Movement (Diane Elliot), Experiential Anatomy/Axis Syllabus (Nuria Bowart), Alexander Technique™ (Carol Swann), Body-Mind Centering® (Diane Elliot), Bartenieff Fundamentals™ (Brenton Cheng), Laban Movement Analysis™ (Martha Eddy), Hakomi Somatic Therapy (Shai Lavie), Voice Thru the Body (Carol Swann). Curriculum includes Integration Classes, Process Circles & Somatic Seminars. See website for 2019–2020 training program.
(510) 524-5013 | |

Patricia Bardi—VMI Somatic Practice
Amsterdam, Netherlands, and worldwide
VMI Somatic Practice Certification Program combining Vocal Dance, Voice
Movement Integration & Vital Movement Integration Bodywork
Leads to Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator (accredited by ISMETA)
Licensed Natural Health Practitioner (accredited by KTNO)

The VMI Certification Program offers a holistic, integrative approach for somatic practitioners to develop skills connecting dance, movement, voice, improvisation, bodywork & movement repatterning education. Annual Foundation Course begins autumn. Organ Rebalancing—advanced bodywork practitioner accredited postgraduate program. The Rocca Project, located in Tuscany, Italy, is an interdisciplinary performance and healing arts program offered annually in July/August.
+31 (0)6 246 17853 | |

Somatic Academy Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30
10999 Berlin, Germany

The Somatic Academy Berlin is a place devoted to learning, researching, and practicing a variety of integrative embodiment practices (Somatics). Expanding the applicability of somatic methods, the curriculum includes artistic; pedagogical; and therapeutic training programs, workshops, and classes for professionals, laypeople, and those who work with other people using body awareness, movement, voice, bodywork, theory, philosophy, and reflection. Our holistic and interdisciplinary approach is thus far unique in Germany. Our selection of training programs includes Somatics in Dance, Choreography, and Performance / Somatic Pedagogy / Continuum Training / Somatic Voice / Somatic Yoga / BMC / Environmental Somatics / and more.

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
The Professional Training Program (July 14–August 4, 2019) is for people age 18 and up who have previous experience and curiosity in the field of dance. Choose from Modern, Gaga, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Improvisation, Ballet, Yoga, and Feldenkrais morning classes and design your individual experience by taking a 3-week deep-dive into one intensive or mix and match from diverse 1-week offerings in technique, process, and pedagogy.
(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
Barcelona, Spain, July 22–26, 2019
Trogen, Switzerland, July 30–August 4, 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 Barcelona: contact Araceli Enrech, ; for Trogen, contact Christoph Zihlmann, .
(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, Gardenbody, and Synthesis—alongside contact jams, performances, collaborations, and investigations, with facilitation from Kathleen Hermesdorf, Keith Hennessy, Stephanie Maher, Peter Pleyer, Joy Mariama Smith, Maria F. Scaroni, 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 | |

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 | |

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

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

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 | |

West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam (wcciJAM) 2019
Berkeley, CA, United States
Friday, June 28–Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10AM–midnight. Five-day intensives with Sara Shelton Mann, Andrew Suseno, Rosemary Hannon, and Vitali Kononov; classes for all levels, Underscore, DanceAbility classes with India Harville; labs, open and structured jams, family jams, live music, performances, discussions, and much more.

Publications & Products

Contact Editions
A curated collection of dance and improvisation books, DVDs, and card decks is available on our website. Click here 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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