Making Contact

In the past year I have had the opportunity to share Contact Improvisation with a number of young people ranging in age from Year 5 to Year 12. In all instances the experience of teaching this dance style has affirmed in my mind the power this dance has in teaching people how to respectfully communicate with each other.

“I often think if the world started their morning with a good dose of Contact Improvisation people would be much nicer to each other”

…Could the impatience we have for each other in the tube, or behind the wheel of our car be eradicated?

Contact Improvisation is a partner dance where two bodies move together in an uncertain direction. The dance becomes secure as a result of the dancers trusting and supporting the other, two bodies move as one body with a shared centre of gravity.

Watching children and young people move in this way is extraordinary; the dance style requires dancers to be open and clear with each other. Acts of kindness are revealed; the young dancers care for each other’s bodies in order that neither falls to the ground with a bump. As the dancers move with more confidence you see measured risk-taking develop as trust builds.

If you are interested in discovering more about Contact Improvisation, you can check out these videos:

Contact Roots: Learn about Contact history and Steve Paxton from Caroline Waters and Paul Harrington

Master the basics: understand the individual components of continuous dynamic wieght sharing from

Originally posted February 4, 2015.