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Contact Improvisation Workshop// June 16-20, 2014

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 USA (map)

Advanced dancers and people with no previous dance experience come together to explore touch and weight inside moving partnerships in this weeklong workshop led by Erin Law.

About Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation (CI) came into existence in the early 1960s and was developed, expanded, and promoted primarily by Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith among countless others who have since joined the CI community.  Its creators have at times resisted defining the form, stating the very nature of CI is in the “doing.”  Most simply, it can be described as an extemporaneous form of movement most often done with a partner or small group of people.  Within the partnership or small group, various aspects of falling, touch, weight-sharing, lifting, and decision-making in the moment are explored.  Many do not consider CI to be a “performance form;” rather it is seen as a communal form of movement in which the experiences of the movers are central. 

What to Expect

We will examine relationship within the context of movement, touch and weight exchange.  PLEASE BE AWARE:  Contact Improvisation is an intimate dance form in which we all may experience feelings of vulnerability and/or varying emotional states.  We WILL touch each other often and eventually support each other’s weight.  We may sometimes dance without music.  With time we will develop awareness, compassion, respect, and skills in problem solving.  

Special Note: Participants must be 16+. 

//Workshop Details//


June 16-20, 2014

Monday-Friday | 9:30-11 AM



Full Workshop/5 classes: $50

Drop-in: $12

New Dialect accepts credit, cash, or check made out to New Dialect. If you are paying with cash, we ask that you bring exact change. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure class starts on time. Doors will be open at 9:00 a.m.



Houston Station: 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN, 37203


Erin Law: instructor

Erin Law is a movement educator, improviser, choreographer, and performance artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, who is determined to both challenge and bring harmony to her community through dance.  Most recently she has completed a yearlong Visiting Assistant Professorship at Denison University where she was in residence as sabbatical replacement for Dr. Gill Wright Miller.  Previously Erin taught and choreographed at Middle Tennessee State University for the 2011-2012 school year and before that was Director of the co-curricular Vanderbilt Dance Program for two years. She still remains a creative collaborator and performer in Company Rose with Artistic Director Marsha Barsky based in Nashville, Tennessee.  Originally from Massachusetts, Law attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. and high honors in dance. She went on to the Integrated Movement Studies program to certify in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA) through the University of Utah and in the spring of 2011, Erin graduated from the Master of Fine Arts program in dance at Smith College (Massachusetts) with her MFA in choreography and performance.