Contact Improvisation 1B

When and Where

28 Oct 2019 - 2 Dec 2019 (10.5 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 16:00 - 17:45
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Kate Brown
Course code

What you will learn

This course is for those who have been hooked by their love for contact improvisation and want to learn the basics in a safe and encouraging environment. We will practice the fundamentals of physical listening, floor support and explore the possibilities within contact and weight sharing as the inspiration for an ever changing dance.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Use the floor as a place of release and support, both in stillness and moving
  • Work with momentum and a variety of speed / timing
  • Play with balance and counterbalance
  • Track your centre of gravity
  • Listen to physical impulse as a source for movement generation, solo or partners
  • Apply the principles of weight sharing in low to medium level 'lifting' skills

Class format and activities

In Contact Improvisation a shared point of contact provides the starting point for a dance between two or more partners. This requires tuning into the body through our sense of touch. We will practise different levels of touch, learn partnering skills and use contact to explore the relationship between two or more partners in movement. We will release the body’s inherent creative potential by tuning into the body’s landscape through various exercises, encouraging both ease of movement and clarity of articulation. Frequently these exercises will start on the floor to ground the body and quieten the mind to then develop into higher levels of space. We will learn to track our centre of gravity as a means to find stronger body focus and prepare for effective weight sharing. We will investigate how to give and support weight through a variety of partnering exercises, in an environment of safe practice and trust, allowing the play with weight, momentum and (off)-balance to affect our dancing. Learning to trust physical instinct will inform both our own moving as well as our response to given partners, encouraging a non-judgemental attitude in the mover. In short, we will explore improvisation as a way of connecting into the own body and as a means for playful communication with others.
Classes are built up with the aim to learn relevant skills and then apply these in dancing with changing partners or the whole group to integrate the material learnt. Please note that this course is not a form of therapy although therapeutic effects may be experienced.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You will need to be able to follow & respond to instructions, possibly even when moving with eyes closed, therefore understanding of English Language is recommended.

What you need to know before you enrol

Good level of fitness and flexibility is advisable as we will be moving through all levels of space and with a variety of speed.

What you will need for your class

Bring comfortable clothing, no shoes required.
Bring a pair of light knee pads if you have them as this helps to support the knees in floor work.
Alternatively they can be purchased from the tutor.

What you can do next

Continue through Contact Improvisation 2A. There are two courses per term, to sign up to separately.
The Morley College dance department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. Please speak to your tutor, look at our website or call the Dance Dept for more information.