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New York City Saturday Contact Jam / Sunday Class

WHAT: JAM- Silent (no music) jam. Lots of dancerly dancers (as opposed to pure contact dancers) show up at this one. Lots of out-of-town dancers from around the world come too. Charlie Mosey runs this jam.

CLASS - Local teachers usually rotating on a monthly basis. Offered through Movement Research — more info at

WHERE: Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th floor
WHEN: EVERY SATURDAY JAM - 1:30-4:30pm, EVERY SUNDAY CLASS - 6pm – 8:15pm
COST: Jam -$5,  Class - $14 (discounts if you buy multiple classes in advance)
INFO: Charlie – cpmosey (at)


The New York Monday Night Open Movement Jam

WHAT: This is advertised as an open music and dance jam, but the dancing is probably 65% – 75% contact improvisation.  This is easily the largest space in NYC where people do contact improvisation. There is an Open Movement NYC Facebook page that contains updates and some community postings.
WHERE: 100 Grand St in Soho, 2nd floor. 
WHEN: Monday nights, 8:30-11pm
COST: $8-$10 sliding scale.
INFO: Open Movement NYC Facebook page

Bill Young Studio Monday Improv Jam, Tuesday Contact Jam & Wednesday Contact LAB

WHAT: Monday Improv Jam, Tuesday Contact Jam & Wednesday Contact LAB  
“Working Group” or “Lab Group,”.  People come with suggestions of things to work on, and then the group decides together on what to work on for the evening. Often (but not always) very small. Run by Edwin Adkins.  Tuesday JAM- There is music mostly from what people bring on their iPod. Sometimes also live music. Small, intimate, often very focused jam. Charlie Mosey runs this jam.
WHERE: Bill Young Studio, 100 Grand St. (b/tw Mercer & Greene), 2nd floor (Buzzer B), SoHo, Manhattan, NYC, 7pm – 9:30pm
WHEN: Monday Improv Jam 8-10pm, Tuesday Contact Jam 7-10, Wednesday Contact Lab 7-10pm
COST: Lab- $5, CLASS- $12 , JAM-  $5    
INFO: Info can also be found on the 100 Grand Dance Web site: 100 Grand Dance


Second Sunday Underscore

WHAT: Monthly Underscore practice. The Underscore is basically a structured group contact improvisation experience. The dates are sometimes a bit random;  join the Facebook group “Underscore NYC” to get updates. People who have not attended an Underscore talk-though before should get one before attending the Underscore. The next Underscore will be a special Global Underscore on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:30am. Additional Underscores on July 8 and August 12 (2012)
WHERE: Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th floor
WHEN: Second Sundays (usually) from 2pm – 5:30pm.
COST: $6-11 suggested donation
INFO: More information on the Underscore NYC Facebook page


Open Music Circle

WHAT: All movers and shakers are cordially invited to dance to the sounds of the acoustic improv musicians at the Open Music Circle, now seven years old! We meet regularly in Manhattan and occasionally in Brooklyn . There is no structured agenda and no director.  We all sit in a circle or semi-circle and start with silence. Then someone begins to play or sing or move. Then we watch, listen to each other and, when we want, begin to play, vocalize or move as we wish, and so it goes. Finally we end the evening with silence.
To attend the Manhattan Circle, first sign up for free on and then join the Circle at and finally RSVP there for the particular gathering you wish to attend. For additional information email For the Brooklyn Circle, join the group Open Music Circle group on Facebook.
WHERE: in Manhattan, New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th St.  In Brooklyn, we meet at the Circle Space, 485 Ocean Avenue
WHEN:  In Manhattan we meet on Saturday nights: on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30.  For the dates and location of the Brooklyn Circle, see the Open Music Circle on Facebook.
COST: A donation is requested from musicians and dancers alike at the end of the evening in the amount of $ 15 at each Circle in Manhattan and  $ 5 at each Circle in Brooklyn, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
INFO:  First sign up for free on and then join the Circle at and finally rsvp there for the particular gathering you wish to attend. For additional informat0on email or call Philip Foster  212-988-3306



Barefoot Boogie (Manhattan)
Bared Soles (NYC)
Freestyle Frolic (Kingston, NY)
K.J. Holmes' classes, various days and locations kjzee(at) or call KJ at (718) 596-8874


Upstate New York


Albany/Troy Contact Jam

WHEN: When you call, we can gather a group.
WHERE: The Emma Willard School. 285 Pawling Ave (route 66) Troy, NY (across the river from Albany).
COST: no cost
INFO: Sue Lauther 518-833-1340 or 518-274-5667. Email slauther (at)

Ithica Contact Jams & classes
(Occasional classes, workshops, and performances also offered)
WHERE: Ahimsa Yoga Studio, Dewitt Mall, 215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY (entrance from back parking lot under fire escape. Ask at Moosewood, Green Star or any of the mall stores for directions if you can't find it)
WHEN: First Sunday of every month 1-2:30pm
COST: Small donation suggested to help cover space rental
INFO: CONTACT: Danny Tourance, 607-275-6441 , Danny7t(at),
WHAT: Contact Improv Class/Jam with Igor Shteynberg
WHEN: Every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30pm
WHERE: MysticWater Kava Bar & Yoga Studio 109 S Cayuga St. 
COST: $5 suggested donation
CONTACT: (607) 269-7778 

Jam and class in Stoneridge, Ulster County (near New Paltz/Kingston)

WHERE: MaMA (Marbletown Multi Arts), which is located at 3588 Rte 209 in Stone Ridge, NY
WHEN: Jam every Sunday 4-6pm (classes the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month)
COST: Jam ($5)  Class/Jam ($15)
INFO: Dana Rudikoff -  dana_rudikoff (at) yahoo (dot) com

Rochester Contact Jam

WHEN: Usually one Sunday/month, but sometimes do special jam when out of town guests are present
WHERE: Summer - behind Memorial Art Gallery.  School year - University of Rochester Spurrier Gym or Village Gate
INFO: Contact Roy Wood at 585-703-4641,

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