Contact Improvisation Classes & Events



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

Video from the last intensive:

Location: 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto

$200 regular, $150 CADA/Artists/Underemployed.
Limited subsidized spots available.

Registration/info: Suzanne Liska 416 704-8096


Buffalo, NY – Mission Improvable 2019: Mindful Touch ​with Olivier Besson
March 20 – 24, 2019

Improvisation is a direction of effort, never a result. How do we create a dance with space, allowing it to flower in our presence?
We play with various ways of sensing while exploring the many layers of mindful touch to guide us into newly charted territory
where the known and the unknown merge. Each response contributes to the constantly evolving playing field, putting
bodies in play, behaving like moving forces and
drawing each other along.

$350 – professionals
$250 – dancers/students
$100 – underemployed/unemployed

Details and Registration:


Ontario Regional Contact Jam
Apr 19 and 20 from 9 am to 11 pm
Apr 21 from 9 am to 5 pm

Join almost 300 dancers from all over for jamming, classes, music and more.

National Ballet School – 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto – Wheelchair accessible

$120 by Feb 28 ($140 by Mar 31) – includes lunches and snacks
Mar 31 is deadline for food ordering and accessibility requests

$30 for each morning, afternoon and evening.


For those who request ASL translation, attendant care, or have other accessibility requests, please contact Henry at by Sunday, March 31, 2019 to increase the likelihood that we can make arrangements.


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 / Labs

Sundays 11:00 to 12:00 noon

Alternating  – Class one week and lab the next


Location: 805 Dovercourt Road. 3rd Floor, Toronto

Tuition: $11 (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.