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Community Classes: Contact Improvisation

  • Houston Station 434 Houston St Nashville, TN, 37203 United States (map)
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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.

New Dialect accepts cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect. There is no online or pre-registration required for this workshop. Doors open at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive with plenty of time to sign in and warm up before class begins.

10 Class Pass

20% discount off the full drop-in price. Good for all morning classes through Dec 2018. 


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. 


Erin Law is a movement educator, improviser, choreographer, and performance artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently she has performed in Burkina Faso, Africa where she was invited to perform in Sandra Mathern-Smith's work "I Am Relative to You."  Previously Erin completed a yearlong Visiting Assistant Professorship at Denison University where she restaged a choreographic work and taught Somatics, Understanding Dance, Laban Movement Analysis, Contact Improvisation, Senior Research and Cultural Studies. Other prior engagements include adjunct professorships at Middle Tennessee State University and an Assistant Directorship of the co-curricular Vanderbilt University Dance Program.  

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