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.

Brandon and Christine dance in the field

Brandon and Christine dance in the field at Sky Camp at the NW Regional Contact Jam, the weekend of June 10-12, 2016.

Filmaker: Loren Wheeler

Montreal Annual Jam – November 26 and 27, 2016

Dancers from Quebec, northeast U.S. and beyond, delicious food, airy venue – one of my favourite events of the year.

This event is preceded by intenses classes from November 21 to 25, 2016 :

Gestalt and the Rhythm of the Heart

Instructor: Lauren Clarke

Date: Six Tuesday Evenings, October 11–November 15, 2016
Time: 7:00–9:30pm
Fee: $225
Call: 416-964-9464 x14 to register

The moment we recognize how we overlap with each other—in body, spirit and mind—we gain a greater sense of support and wellness. In this workshop you will connect with others through movement and dialog, in a safe container. Expect to re-discover the ways you are unique, and the ways you impact and are impacted by one another and by the world. This is a six week series of movement and dialog. Come and allow yourselves to expand into playfulness, connection and vulnerability. Come and explore our overlap.

The heart remains our centre force—knowing that the compassion and clarity of the heart offers guidance. The rhythm of its beat offers a constant support to life. No experience of Gestalt or movement needed.

All abilities and curiosities welcome.

Gestalt and the Rhythm of the Heart