Contact Improvisation

Students participate in a contact improvisation jam.

"In order to understand my connection with academia and contact improvisation, one should understand that I am studying nursing. Collaboration, creativity, communication, open thinking, and cultural diversity are integral components of my nursing practice. This understanding made me realize that contact improvisation is more than just rolling around on the ground, there are key elements that are learned in contact that will be vital to my future as a nurse. Not only will these aspects improve my skills in practice, but also in everyday life and with my relationships with others."

-Paxton Kempel '17

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.

Luther will also be hosting Contact Improvisation Iowa 2018: July 12-15. You can find more information about this event on Blake Nellis' website.

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.