Contact Improvisation 2A

When and Where

13 Jan 2020 - 10 Feb 2020 (8.75 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 16:00 - 17:45
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Kate Brown
Course code

What you will learn

During this course students will work individually and with others, developing movement facility, skills and sensitivity in a non-judgemental space that embraces differences of experience as an intrinsic part of an inclusive practice. It is therefore available and appropriate to students whether or not they have completed previous courses. Students will each benefit from their own and their classmates’ growing competency, sharing reflections and feedback as they experiment with encounters physically and emotionally and find ways to articulate this learning in words.
Contact Improvisation is a practice of give and take, and this class offers an excellent opportunity for detailed personal feedback, continuity of practice, the chance to develop trust and skills within an ensemble and to enjoy dancing. Appropriate for beginners or those with some experience – all welcome!

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Adjust body tonus to support the dance (i.e. yield-resist / passive-active / glide-roll).
  • Use your centre of gravity effectively, solo and duet.
  • Move through different levels in space (floor into air) while in contact.
  • Connect centre and periphery of the body to reach into space or connect to partners
  • Apply the principles of weight sharing with a sense of momentum

Class format and activities

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 practice applying different levels of touch and body tonus in our dancing, solo and with partners to stimulate a wider range of response options. We will encourage clear centre involvement to practice weight sharing 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. Through guided hands-on work and physical imagery we will stimulate a body focus that allows us to stay connected to the own body when dancing with partners. We will start taking the dance into space, allowing for easy transitions floor to air or, while dancing with a partner. Learning to trust physical instinct will inform both our own moving as well as our response to given partners, encouraging playful communication within the dance. 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. Observing others will be part of the learning process.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

This contact improvisation course will be suitable for people who are new to the study or who come with some experience of practising the form.

What you need to know before you enrol

A willingness to experiment and move freely with others - we will be moving through all levels of space from floor to easy lifts.

What you will need for your class

Bring comfortable clothing, no shoes required.

What you can do next

Continue through to Contact Improvisation 2B. 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 on 020 7450 1832 for more information.