Contact Improvisation Classes & Events



Contact Improvisation: exploring gravity and sensation

Sunday, November 4 from  2  – 5 pm
42 Quebec St, Guelph

This workshop will explore the dynamic engagement of gravity and momentum that is an essential aspect of Contact Improvisation. We will focus on bringing our attention to the kinesthetic/proprioceptive sensations created by the invisible force of gravity that is always acting on our body. We will explore our bodies in motion and how we navigate gravity as we move. We will investigate the sensational difference between balance and off balance and how this dynamic is in play whenever we locomote.
Beginners welcome

Pam Johnson
Pam Johnson has been dancing and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 30 years. She has led dozens of master classes and workshops at institutions, festivals, jams and community settings in Canada and the US. She is a faculty member at Humber College and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Lesley Greco
Lesley Greco has been practicing contact improvisation for more than 17 years and manual bodywork for over 20. Her teaching practice is focused on translating osteopathic principles toward investigating movement, developing perception and exploring what it means to live cooperatively with our animal bodies.


Contact and Improvisation with Daniel Bear Davis
6-8 pm – Tuesdays – Oct 8, 9, 16, 23
The Dark Side Studio. 244 Augusta Ave. Toronto – Upstairs (the purple door between Bunners and Blue Banana).

Classes are all level. Registration and questions:
$20 drop-in.
$100 for 6 classes within 2 months (includes Tuesday Morning Axis Syllabus Classes:

These classes will weave between physical skills for partnered improvisation, exercises to increase awareness of sensation and spatial relation, tools for solo, partnered and group dances, compositional practices, and more. I will offer exercises and tools seeking to increase inter-depent dances – exercising agency, choice, and discovery in a context of listening.


Toronto – Beaches Jam-Lab
Fridays 11 am to 12:30 pm
1971 Queen St. E, upstairs at the Classic Martial Arts Dojo.
Sliding scale $5-15

Toronto – Contact Improvisation Classes

Sundays 11:00 to 12:00 noon


Location: 805 Dovercourt Road. 3rd Floor, Toronto

Tuition: $10 (includes Contact Improvisation jam from 12 noon to 1:30 pm)


Kitchener – Contact Improvisation Classes (& Jamming)


Toronto – Wednesdays Contact Improvisation

Classes 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact Dance Jam 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Live music 7:30 – 8:30 pm)
See teaching roster
Location: 805 Dovercourt Road. 3rd Floor
If you are unable to afford the class, you can apply for a scholarship to

Ottawa – Contact Improvisation classes


Windsor – Contact Improvisation classes and events

Montréal – Contact Improvisation classes


Eastern Townships, Quebec – Contact Improvisation Classes and Retreats

Danse Oree Des Bois
Montreal and Beyond: Catherine Lessard and other improvisational artists
For programs in the field of movement improvisation and personal development: workshops, various trainings, performances, and research projects.
Catherine Lessard transmits the key principles of dance improvisation, contact improvisation and Authentic Movement since 15 years, with the passion and the coherence of a visionary. She teaches and performs in Canada, Europe and the USA. Her unique pedagogy combines scientific sharpness and a profound sense of imagery/poetry, in a deep atmosphere of discovery.