What is Contact Improvisation?

Western Canada Contact Improvisation Group

Western Canada Contact Improvisation is a joint venture founded in 2015 by Leon MacDonald and Kayte Gillespie for the sole purpose of expanding contact improvisation in British Columbia.  

In our international travels for contact festivals, jam's and workshops, we began to share a vision to create a dance company that funds, promotes and hosts teachers from around the globe. 

Since 2015 WCCI has expanded from contact improvisation into Body Mind Centering, movement patterning, Gyrokenisis and fusion forms. Teachers are invited to collaborate with us to create classes that are unique and inspiring. All teachers have a unique focus and teaching style which provides dancers with many angles and approaches to working within the dance form. All workshops, jam's, festivals or underscores are completely unique due to the improvisational nature. It is our pleasure to provide as much diversity as possible so we may all benefit and learn from one another. 

Contact improvisation is a partnered dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially - following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed contact improvisation through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time.

‚ÄčThis dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.

Universal and versatile character of contact improvisation, its simplicity and positive health impact attract not only artists, but everyone who likes dance, movement and communication with other people. Dance for pleasure, dance for health, dance full of art, of improvisation, of happiness and spontaneous play with space