Contact Improvisation

Students participate in a contact improvisation jam.

Contact Improvisation explores physical contact among participants and challenges preconceptions about the gendered body.

It emphasizes finding mindful and physical ways to prepare to be “ready” to dance. This comes from centering mind and body, finding humor, sharing weight, movement, and focus on sensations. Contact Improvisation helps to build skills of trust, receptivity, responsiveness, and preparedness.

Luther College dance courses teach Contact Improvisation and incorporate ongoing community jams. The Decorah CI jam takes place at Luther College when school is in session. Jams are held on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Studio 1 in the Center for the Arts.

There are other CI jams and classes in the surrounding area. The Twin Cities area, the Great Lakes region, and Chicago all offer jams and classes.