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Community Workshop: Contact Improvisation, December 7 & 14

  • Friends Meeting House 530 26th Ave. N Nashville, TN 37209 USA (map)

What is 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.

Video Clips: 

Fall After Newton 1

Fall After Newton 2

Fall After Newton 3 


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+. 


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.



Saturdays, 12/7 & 12/14

Contact Improvisation Tools    11:30am-1pm



 $15/ class

$25/ register for both classes

Doors will be open 30 minutes before class starts. New Dialect accepts cash, credit card, or check made payable to New Dialect.  Please be sure to arrive a few minutes early to ensure you're registered and that class begins on time. 



The Friends Meeting House 

530 26th Ave N 

Nashville, TN 37309