BiG Heart Dance Camp – June 20 to 25, 2017

We welcome you to experience embodying your full creative self in a safe, supportive and playful environment.

A wide array of dance, yoga, music, and other healing arts modalities are shared through playshops and evening events.

Honeywood, Ontario – Unicamp

Peterborough – Contact Improvisation Dance Class + Jam – 7 pm Tues. May 30

CI 10
Strengthen your body, open your mind, and fine tune your ability to listen and respond to each moment.
Create partner dances using fun and safe activities moving in and out of physical contact. Join us to connect and to rediscover the intelligence of your body.
This beginner friendly fundamentals class is suitable for all physical abilities – with or without dance experience. No partner necessary.
WHERE: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough. Wheelchair accessible.
WHEN:       Registration 6:45 pm
            Class from 7:00-8:00 pm
            Open improvised dancing Jam from 8:00 – 9:30 pm
TEACHER: Henry Wai
PRICE: $15 class and jam; $10 jam only.
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear clothes you can comfortably move in and avoid things which could scratch (zippers, buttons, jewellery). Skirts and shorts not recommended. Bring a water bottle.

Contact Dance International Film Festival June 28 to July 2, 2017

Contact Dance International Film Festival
June 28 to July 2, 2017

16 Countries. 20 Cities. 2 Forests. 1 Subway Line. 143 Dancers. 39 Filmmakers. 5 Days. 3 Theatres.

The Contact Dance International Film Festival returns for its third season, June 28 to July 2, 2017. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. Five different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams and parties!

The festival is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. From the iconic Honest Ed’s in Toronto, to Helsinki’s Market Square to the New York Subway, dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.

This year, the Festival is thrilled to bring Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler to Toronto. Tom will be teaching his Movement Archery workshop. Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler will be performing and teaching a contact improvisation workshop as well as presenting their film work.

Dancers Harriet Waghorn and Alexander Short, from Edifice Dance Theatre in the the UK will also be teaching their unique fusion of ballroom and contact improvisation.

Filmmaker and Parcon dancer Andrew Suseno will have you spinning and hanging off of Toronto city scapes in his outdoor parcon workshop.

Danish Filmmaker Javier Cardenete will also be attending the festival for the screening of his film Los Mundos Lisergicos and to teach a filmmaking workshop

This year, the festival is also excited to announce that 80% of its programming is in accessible spaces. There are two films on the program that showcase dancers using a wheelchair. Luke Anderson stars in the film Contact Dance Every Body by Olya Glotka. Luke dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift his partner, Laura Storey in a tender dance. They intertwine their bodies and our hearts into a rocking lullaby to love. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair in the documentary Intimate Dance: Journeys through Movement by Sanford Lewis.

There are also inclusive workshops and jams lead by an all abilities team of dance teachers including Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea.

Easy Read Grid Schedule

CDIFF Trailer

Tom Weksler Trialer

Box Office

Back and Forth: Traversing the Back’s Landscapes – Contact Class – Jan 22

A Contact Improvisation class led by Henry Wai

Sun Jan 22 from 10:45-11:45 am

Travel, pass over, rest on, cross and recross the back as we explore sharing support, conversation and places of contact for creating dance.

All levels class for adults. No partner necessary.

Wear clothes you can comfortably move in and which don’t have things which could scratch (zippers, buttons, jewellery). Skirts and shorts not recommended. Bring a Water bottle. Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented body care products in consideration for people with chemical sensitivities.

To learn more about this dance or to see videos:

Cost: $10 (includes entry to 12:00 – 1:30 pm – All Levels Open Dancing)


The Toronto Beaches  Jam – Fridays 11 am -12:30 pm 

The Beaches Jam is a beginner friendly space. Part jam, part lab. Here, you are invited to ask questions and give/receive feedback, get one-on-one help from facilitators, record video of your dance to review and improve your technique. Mildly Padded floor at this beautiful martial arts dojo make for a great space to explore lifts and falls.

Sliding scale: $5-10
1971 Queen St E., martial arts studio on the second floor of the Beach Mall.

Contact Dance Improvisation workshop with Daniel Bear Davis – Jan 8, 2017

Access: Open to the public
Date: Sunday January 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
In this workshop we will explore kinetic chains and force transmission in partnering. Daniel will offer specific physical tools to increase dynamic possibilities in your contact dance while cultivating patterns for resiliency and safety.
Cost: $50

Location: 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto, Ontario


Going for a Ride – A Class on Dynamic Support in Contact Improvisation

Led by Henry Wai for the Sunday Contact Jam Class Series
Sun. Dec. 4, 2016 *** 3rd Floor – 805 Dovercourt Rd (north of Bloor)
Join us to explore how we can offer and get rides with our partner(s) at kneeling, standing and, possibly higher, levels.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate.Wear clothes you can comfortably move in and which don’t have things which could scratch (zippers, buttons, jewellery). Skirts and shorts not recommended. Bring a water bottle.


$10 for the class (and admission to the Contact Improvisation Jam from 12-1:30 pm)

Doors open at 10:30 am. Please allow yourself enough time to change and settle so that we can begin at 10:45 am.