Contact Improvisation 2B

When and Where

24 Feb 2020 - 23 Mar 2020 (8.75 hours, 5 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 people who are familiar with the basics of the form and want to take their dancing a step further. Building on previous material and a strong body- floor connection we will hone skills that allow us to take more risks and learn to fluidly move in and out of contact and weight sharing.

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 work to 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, and then develop into higher levels of space.
We will practise applying different levels of touch and body tonus in our dancing, solo and with partners to stimulate a wide range of response options.
We will encourage clear centre involvement to practise 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 our own body when dancing with partners. We will start taking the dance into space, allowing for easy transitions from floor to air, or while dancing with a partner. Learning to trust physical instinct will inform both our own moving and our response to given partners, encouraging playful communication within the dance.
Classes are built up with the aim of learning relevant skills and then applying these, dancing with changing partners or the whole group to integrate the material learnt. Observing others will be part of the learning process, supporting through our witnessing.
We will include time for discussion and reflection, and 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.
In or

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

Entry requirements

This contact improvisation course is suitable for beginners and for people who come with some basic experience of practising the form.
You will need to be able to follow and 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

This is a practical dance class so you can anticipate class activity involving 1.75 hour's physical study. Your tutor will be able to advise you should any adjustments or modifications be helpful so as to meet your particular learning needs.

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.

What you can do next

Continue through Contact Improvisation 3A in term 3.

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. Additionally, for further course information, do have a look at The List (our new-look course guide), on the Morley College website or contact 020 7450 1832 / 1837.