Detroit Weekend Jam – July 6 to 8, 2018

We Detroit-Ann Arbor dancers are thrilled to announce our 2018 Detroit Jam, taking place this summer: Friday July 6th through Sunday July 8th.

We’ll be dancing at Light Box and providing FREE HOUSING for all at the nearby Detroit Loves You hostel
and with a few loving locals. Scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance to attend.

“Check in” at 3pm or later Friday, opt in for Friday dinner if you like, and dance Friday evening through 3pm Sunday! Breakfast and lunch/snacks will be provided and Saturday dinner’s out on the town.

Teachers include Sasha Lasdon from Madison, and local teachers Fuzzy Konner and Corey Gearhart. Here’s the link to our nearly final schedule!


Ontario Jam – Mar. 30-Apr. 1 – Toronto


Three days of Contact Improvisation on one entire floor of the Canadian National Ballet School. Three beautiful light-filled studios. Nearly 300 people to dance with. Especially welcoming to new people, non-dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities. The venue is completely wheelchair accessible. LGBTQ welcoming.

Wed, Jan 31: pay only $80.
Wed, Feb 28: pay only $100.
Wed, Mar 7: ask for help finding housing (but sooner is better).
Wed, Mar 14: ask for ASL, attendant, or other accommodation.
Wed, Mar 21: pay $120, lunches and snacks included.
Wed, Mar 28: pay $120 online, but no food.

Fri, Mar 31: pay $120 at the door starting at 9am, but no food.

We want to create a community of practice. One of the essential components of Contact Improv is being present with ourselves, with our partner, with the floor, with gravity and… How far can your presence extend? When we have an entire community choosing to make this presence a conscious practice who knows to what heights and depths our dancing can take us?

For those who request ASL translation, attendant care, or have other accommodation requests, please contact Henry Wai at by Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to increase the likelihood that we can make arrangements.



Montreal jam – November 18 and 19, 2017.

Warm-up with Scott Wells, open dance floor, good food, an evening of performances followed by a dance, with Montreal musicians, Thomas Carbou and Eric Breton.

This event is preceded by intensive classes with Scott Wells,
November 13 to 17, 2017. On Friday day, there is a research lab for advanced dancers, in the evening a performance followed by an open jam.

Register in advance by internet, it’s easy, you have till November 8 for the early-bird rates.


Dance Temple – Connection in Body & Sound – Toronto

Dance Temple – Connection in Body & Sound – Toronto

July 24 and July 31 from 7:30 to 9:30

Venue: The Dance Annex 527 Bloor St W, 2nd Floor

Evenings centered around, community, meditation, and the joy of dance.
All movement styles and body types are welcome to groove with us in this celebration of connection, through body, and sound! W’e looking foward to joining you on this venture into sweet sweet vibration.

DJ’d Warm up (Gary): 7:30pm-8:00pm (8:00pm opening circle)
DJ/Guide: 8:00pm-9:30pm (Gary and Pablo)
Sliding Scale: 12$-15$

-Barefoot dancing
-refrain from chatting while in the space
-no alchohol or non-prescription drugs
-please turn off cellphones

July 2 – INTRO to Contact Improvisation Dance for Those Who are New

Sunday at 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

805 Dovercourt Rd., 3rd Floor, TorontoMtl_CI_070

Start dancing right away using fun, simple and safe activities moving in and out of physical contact. Join us to explore with movement, connect, and rediscover the intelligence of your body. No partner necessary. Class for adults.

Led by Henry Wai

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.

To learn more about this dance or to see videos:

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


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.