Introduction to Contact Improvisation

A Weekend Workshop with Olivia Shaffer
Saturday December 14, 4-8pm
Sunday December 15, 3-6pm

cost: $90

This 2-day workshop is intended for people new to Contact Improvisation (CI), but more experienced dancers are also welcome to review the basics. Together we will have fun exploring foundational skills in CI such as rolling point of contact, sloughing (sliding), meeting pressure (continuity of connection), weight sharing, underdancing (mobile support), and the tracking of weight flow. We will also investigate functional movement patterning to assist us with dancing in and out of the floor with ease and efficiency.

Olivia takes a sincere approach to safety and communication; she strives to facilitate fun, invigorating, and physically empathetic dancing. You are welcome to come and participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable. Please reach out if you have any questions or hesitations about the suitability of your participation.

No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable clothing - long sleeves & knee pads are recommended. 

Email to register:
with 'Intro to CI' in the subject line.  

Please arrive 15 minutes early the first day to read/sign waiver and make payment (cash or cheque only).

Photo: Chris Randle, Dancers: Farley Johansson & Olivia Shaffer

Photo: Chris Randle, Dancers: Farley Johansson & Olivia Shaffer


Teaching Bio:
Olivia has trained daily in CI since 2011 as a dedicated student of Peter Bingham, and has been performing with his company EDAM Dance since 2014. She has also trained extensively with Helen Walkley, as well as with international CI teachers Alicia Grayson, Karen Nelson, Sara Shelton Mann, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, Frey Faust, Leilani Weis, John Faichney, Martin Keogh, and Angelika Doniy. Olivia has taught CI at EDAM for two years and has taught at Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, Modus Operandi, Polymer Dance, Leviathan Studios, as well as internationally in Berkeley, California, and at the University of the Philippines in Manila.