Learning Contact Improvisation

    Explaining how to do CI is like explaining how to walk or swim or surf or ride a bike – these kinds of things are learned by doing. Guidance about how to participate can provide orientation so you can find what works.

    Contact improv is organized differently than most partner dance, as a kind of question: how do I mutually follow shared points of contact with someone? I and many others have found that exploring this question teaches a very engaging kind of movement cooperation.

    Nobody can tell you exactly how to answer that question, just as nobody can tell you exactly how to ride a bike or surf or even walk. However, experienced explorers can share guidance about how to participate with greater ease and orientation. In this section I share exercises and principles that I have found useful in my CI learning and teaching,  starting with my perspective on what and how contact improvisation practice teaches in What Contact Improvisation Does.

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