Meet the Board

Contact Improv Boston (CIB) is a 501 (c) 3 organization that exists to cultivate and support the Boston Contact Improvisation dance community.   We consist of up to 7 volunteer board members and a number of active participants who play adjunct roles that we refer to as CIB "pixies". Board members serve open-ended terms and since its creation, more than a dozen different members have served.  Are you interested in supporting Contact Improv in the Boston area?  There might be a role for you, as board member or as pixie.  Contact any one of us to ask how you can get involved.

© Aria NewtonChandra Cantor has been deeply devoted to dancing her whole life, studying everything from contemporary, classical, partner dance and dozens of movement modalities.  When she jumped into the Contact Improv community in 2009, it was like discovering the form she was born to do. Chandra is a full time yoga teacher, a mother of three amazing boys and lover of dance and community.



© BethAnn FinlayMaxine (Max) Gautier used to swing dance on Tuesday nights -- but once she discovered Contact Improv she left the jitterbug behind. She was a founding member of the board, and though she now lives in Vermont she spends alternate weeks in Boston so she can continue to get her contact improv fix. Max feels strongly about the "community" aspect of our dance form, and literally feeds that by managing the meals at most of our major events. 

© TennCoDerek Gustafson first found CI while visiting friends at Oberlin Unversity in the late 1990s.  His love of the form continued to deepen over the years, and desire to help shape how CI is held in Boston brought him onto the board in 2012.  When not dancing, he works as a carpenter.



photo © Michael Manning

Michael Sheely has been dancing, teaching, and performing CI for the last 14 years. Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, he now lives and dances in Northampton where enjoys biking past long lines of traffic in search of decent espresso.



© Lisa Kennedy 2016Paul Spielman: Paul is a founding member of Contact Improv Boston and very active board member.  He is the general go-to guy for the Tuesday jams and classes, keeps up the CIB website, works on publicity for most of our events, and does whatever else interesting comes up.  He also holds leadership roles with Dance New England.

Paul came to Boston in 1976 and immediately joined the improv dance community.  In 1978, he discovered CI and it has since absorbed much of his focus.  Paul loves to dance here in Boston, and whenever he travels, he arranges to take in a jam or two.


This could be you!

This could be you!




New board members to be determined