FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CONTACT IMPROVISATION?
Contact Improvisation, also known as Contact Improv or sometimes just CI, is a personal and collective practice and an art form. It is most often done in pairs, although it can be done with more than two people or even solo. It is moving your body spontaneously, exploring physics–space, momentum, gravity, resistance, etc.–usually with another person. It could be crawling, walking, jumping, rolling and a whole lot more. It can be fast or very, very slow. Many people find it energizing, stress-relieving, meditative, a source of connection with other people. It's safe to say that nearly everyone who does it thinks it's fun!
DO I NEED DANCE OR MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE?
No, you don't.
There is something of a "language" or "vocabulary" of ideas, concepts and techniques that allow for fun, safe, creative exploration of CI, and that comes with time and practice with experienced dancers.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING CI?
Just some of the benefits may include: exercise and physical fitness, agility, flow state, peace of mind, body positivity, human connection, community, non-verbal and verbal communication skills, confidence, unplugging from tech and connecting with your body, promoting a culture of consent
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are jams and there are classes. We highly recommend both.
In classes you'll learn concepts and techniques as well as develop skills that will help you explore and express yourself fully and safely in jams.
In jams you'll have the opportunity to tune into your body, the vibes of the room and of others. You can move and dance freely with yourself and each other. You'll find ways to participate physically, energetically, or even by watching and observing.
First class you attend is always FREE!
Class & Jam = $15
Jam only = $5
3-months = $75 ($90 value)
(6 classes + jams within a 6-month period.)
1-year = $150 ($375 value!)
(All classes + jams + invitation to labs and other events.)
*Payment plans available. Please speak to a teacher or member of the Buffalo Contact Improv Collective.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY CLASS?
No. We understand that not everyone can attend class twice each month.
We have provided a 3-month pass, which allows you to take 3 months of classes (6 individual classes) over a 6-month period. You can also sign up for the 1-year option and come whenever you like (although we think it would be most valuable if you came as often as possible.)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM CLASS? ARE THERE GUIDELINES?
Yes! We have agreements that we ask everyone who participates to agree to.