Contact Improvisation Classes & Events


Contact Improvisation Workshop – Space Behind. Uncharted Trails with Angela Doniy
Jan 11– 13, 2019

Dancing comfortably and safely in all of the space available to us requires flying, falling and spiraling … sometimes into those unknown spaces behind us.

Two things hinder this kind of freedom in our dance:

1) Deceptiveness of eyesight
2) Physical tensions

In this workshop we will get comfortable flying, falling and spiraling into the unknown. We will explore the use of eye-site characteristics and how they can help us change usual trajectories into unknown trails. We will take time for recognition and release of tensions in the body to free our inner space. Together we will find courage and playfulness. We will aim to develop a mindful bravery with the wisdom of an authentic and sincere body.

Themes we will explore in this workshop are:
* The back space: skills and images to help us explore the space behind the back
* Up side down positions and backward movement
* Conscious disorientation
* Awakening spirals in the body and sharing spirals in duets
* Composing time, movement, space and choices.
* Using Speed to awakening concentration and attention.
* Practicing movement towards the unknown.

“During my travel high up in the mountains, I realized that fear and anxiety are never behind or ahead of me, they are where I am right now. I saw that my courage awakens when I take a step into the unknown. When I jump from stone to stone, I find myself scared, courageous … and funny! This is what this workshop is about – the novelty of each step and movement as we flow into the unknown.”
—– Angela Doniy


Friday Contact Adventure:
11 am to 2 pm ~ Workshop at the Beaches Dojo
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm ~ Food, Community and Conversation. Join us at our home for lunch and conversation with Angela. This is a great time to get connected as a group and set our intentions for the remainder of the workshop. Lunch will be provided and we can help arrange carpools to the Beach.

10 am – 6 pm ~ Dovercourt House. We will break for potluck lunch

10 am – 6 pm ~ Dovercourt House. We will break for potluck lunch.
Followed by and afterparty/birthday party!! Deatails to come.

The full 3 day adventure: $200
Only Sat and Sun: $170

We will be focused on advanced material but this workshop is open to anyone with basic contact skills some experience and interests in lifts. This is not for total newcomers to the form. If you are unsure if your skill level is appropriate please reach out.
To secure your spot please send e-transfer to

Angela has been called a shaman of the form. She “met” Contact Improvisation in it’s early days and has studied with Steve Paxon, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Lisa Nelson, Esther Gal, Alexandr Girshon, Yaniv Mintzer, Yorg Hassman, Martin Keogh and many others. We are delighted to have her share her deep wisdom and lifetime of experience with our Toronto Community
“My special interest in contact improvisation is clarity. Clarity towards the practice. Honesty towards how do I move my weight in the space of Gravity. Attention towards clearing the dance from the personal. Letting things happen as they do.”


Toronto – Spiraling Upwards Part 2: Contact Intensive with Mark Young and Suzanne Liska
February 28, March 1, 2, 3 from 10am-3pm, 2019

This Contact Improvisation (CI) Intensive is a continuation of a 2018 workshop. We 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, and 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 continuing to research with you! Classes will be taught for all levels of experience.

Here’s a video from the last intensive:

Location: 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto

$200 regular, $175 before Jan 23, $150 CADA/Artists/Underemployed.
Limited subsidized spots available.

Registration/info: Suzanne Liska 416 704-8096


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.