Contact Improvisation Classes & Events



Spiraling Upwards: Contact Improv Intensive with Mark Young and Suzanne Liska Toronto, January 17-21, 2018

This Contact Improv (CI) Intensive was dreamed up at Leviathan studio this past June, where Mark invited Suzanne to teach. Flying on Mark’s shoulders, Suzanne experienced his years and expertise researching spirals within CI. Together in this workshop they offer a somatic based study of various spiral patterns of movement integrated into partnering. Mark draws on his study of Tai Chi. He will introduce us to foundational exercises that demand a spiral coordination of the muscles, inspired by Steve Paxton’s Spiral Rolls. By isolating various patterns on the floor we are able to draw awareness to sensations on the entire body to become soft and strong with fast reflexes. Suzanne’s classes integrate the Alexander Technique with CI. We will research how to access our underlying support, sensory awareness, spatial perception, strength and fluidity within spiral movement patterns. As we research spirals within CI, ease of weight transitions and effortless partnering results. We look forward to sharing our research with you! Classes will be taught for all levels of experience.

The Facilitators:
Mark Young has been doing CI since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of CI. He has studied with Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, John Faichney, Alicia Grayson, and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio in B.C. committed to the study of CI.

Suzanne Liska (B.A., B.Ed, SSHRC funded MFA in Dance Choreography) is a dance artist, choreographer, and teacher, specializing in CI since 1998 and the Alexander Technique since 2008. She collaborates with dance artists Maxine Heppner, Pam Johnson, Karen Kaeja, Susan Lee, Kathleen Rea and Takako Segawa. Suzanne has taught workshop intensives for Collective Gulp in Ottawa, CCDC in Calgary, C.I.N.N. in Tokyo, and Leviathan studio in BC. Informed by the Alexander Technique, CI, BMC, Action Theatre, Viewpoints approaches and structured improvisation, she has been a faculty teacher at the Randolph Academy College program since 2011 and a course director in Dance at York University.

Class Schedule:
January 17 6-7pm* Mark
Jan 18 and 19 10-12am Suzanne and 1-3pm Mark
Jan 20 1-3pm Suzanne and 4-6pm Mark
Jan 21 10-1145am* Mark and 2-4pm Suzanne

Location: 3rd floor Dovercourt House 805 Dovercourt Rd (North Bloor/West Ossington)

Cost: Full class series $200 regular, $180 before Jan 7, $155 CADA/Artists/Underemployed.
Limited subsidized spots available.
*Costs not included for Jan 17 Wed Jam Class with Mark, drop-in $10 and Jan 21 Sunday CI Jam class with Mark, drop-in $15

Registration and more info:
Suzanne Liska 416 704-8096

416 704-8096


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1971 Queen St. E, upstairs at the Classic Martial Arts Dojo.
Sliding scale $5-15

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Sundays 10:45 to 11:45 am


Location: 805 Dovercourt Road. 3rd Floor, Toronto

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


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Classes 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact Dance Jam 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Live music 7:30 – 8:30 pm)
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Location: 805 Dovercourt Road. 3rd Floor
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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.