Contact Improvisation 3A

When and Where

20 Apr 2020 - 29 Jun 2020 (17.5 hours, 10 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

Kate Brown
Course code

What you will learn

This course is for people who are CI practitioners. Building on previous material and a strong body-floor connection we will explore falling, flying, catching or upside-down orientation in a safe environment. There will plenty of room to integrate new movement patterns, engage in playful dancing and acquire skills for jamming.

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 encouraging both ease of movement and clarity of articulation. We will often start on the floor to ground the body and quieten the mind, and develop into higher levels of space.
We will 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. Observing others and discussion will be part of the learning process, supporting through our witnessing.
Study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, and online material 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 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

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 3B 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.