Yearly Events

© John Barrett 2010

In addition to our weekly jams, Contact Improv Boston sponsors several annual events:  May Jam, Fall Jam, and a winter teaching event that varies in scope.  Here's the schedule for the next few years.


Annual Fall Jam & Workshop
Weekend of mixed level classes w/Chris Aiken and...  
Lots of Jamming!
 October 10-12, 2014.

♦ REGISTRATION IS OPEN     Details here!


Global Underscore: June 22, 2014
Participating in a world-wide practice on the Summer solstice, we returned to the Cambridge Masons Hall to join a circle of dancers virtually ringing the globe.  For our opening small dance we faced Santiago, Chile.  We closed facing Stuckley-Sud, Canada. Underscore highlights included: drawing energy out of the earth, fast and slow coincidences, napping, toilet paper wrapping, dancing with streamers and a short blind interlude.  It sent chills up my spine to know that hundreds, if not thousands, of dancers shared this event with us. We hope to repeat Boston's participation next year.

23rd Annual May Jam: Non-stop Jamming, May 23-25, 2014
PLUS Monday Class, May 26    
⇒ Both with Tim O'Donnell
Back by popular demand, Tim continued to amaze us with his concept oriented teaching. He focused on the fact that dancers never stop moving and the dance never stops changing.  He challenged us to decide to go somewhere only at the last minute, to commit to it fully, but to be prepared to respond to changing situations as they evolve. Mix it up:  jump, change, land somewhere you least expected to.
May Jam happens Memorial Day Weekend every year.  See you in 2015!

Winter Workshop: February 21-23, 2014
The Art and Sport of Contact Improvisation with Ray Chung

How amazing can a weekend workshop be?  One participant was heard to say: "Ray's teaching has truly been the best; it is the most accessible work I have experienced for dancers at all experience levels".  The material covered in this workshop was conceptual - inside the head, the fascia, the patterns; it changed our dancing.  Ray's material was so presentable, easy to follow, but deep in it's results.  His study reached into our bodies with the showing of an excerpt from Strolling Under the Skin, a microscopic investigation of fascia.  Amazing!  Next winter there will be another great teacher in this time frame.

Fall Jam/Workshop: Oct 11-13, 2013

Was a wonderful weekend!  Jamming in the mornings and classes in the afternoons, evening jams (Saturday Contact Jam with music by Richard Kim).
The Fall Jam's classes were popular with Tim O'Donnell's intermediate/advanced class full from on-line pre-registrations and Patrick Crowley's class filling at the door.  The jams allowed the last few stragglers in with only a bit of breathing room to spare.  Feedback on the workshops and lab was very positive; the food was delicious; all the out-of-towners were successfully housed.  What more can we say?  How about, "See you again next Columbus Day weekend".

22nd Annual May Jam, May 24-26, 2013
Followed by a Full-day Workshop with Karen Nelson, May 27

The Art of Listening with Kirstie Simson - February 10-12, 2012