Western Canada Contact Improvisation Group

Kayte Gillespie is a dancer, teacher, BI analyst and marketing specialist. She trained most of her life in theatre, jazz and tap dance, gymnastics, ballet, improvisation, partnered bellydance, circus arts and acting and continues to play an active role in several art focused communities in BC and Washington. She has performed for both small and large audiences in theatre, outdoor performace and television. Kayte was introduced to contact improvisation and immediately felt a warm fusion of many of her studies and began to experience the tremendous personal growth this form offers. Kayte now devotes half of her work life on expanding contact improvisation and movement studies throughout British Columbia. She teaches and facilitates workshops locally in the areas of contact improvisation, compassionate communication, healing touch and movement exploration. In October, Kayte will begin teaching contact improvisation classes for the DTES Women in Arts Program as well as physical and emotional self-regulation through the Personal Space Camp project with the North Vancouver School Board.

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Leon MacDonald begun his career in contact improvisation 18 years ago.  He has travelled internationally both teaching and participating in a variety of festivals, workshops and classes. Leon discovered contact improvisation at Harbin Hot Springs, CA and immediately fell in love with the dance form. Leon now focuses a portion of his work efforts on expanding contact improvisation and movement studies throughout British Columbia.