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San Francisco Bay Area
Tuesday Jam @ Counterpulse
WHAT: San Francisco’s longest-running Contact Improvisation jam was started at 848 Divisadero in 1993, and has been supported by many different jam hosts during its vibrant and eventful life. If you are new to Contact Improvisation, it is helpful to take a class before attending the jam. If you have questions about how to participate during Jam, please ask at the registration table during the event, the jam hosts are happy to help.
WHERE: CounterPULSE, 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, 2 blks from Powell BART
WHEN: Every Tuesday, 8:00-11:30pm, Pre-jam class: 6:30-8:00pm (Pre-jam classes are taught by rotating teachers.)
COST: $5 - Jam. Class - $15 drop-in, or $18 for both.
San Francisco CI Class Series and Jam
WHERE: 975 Howard Studio, 975 Howard at 6th, San Francisco, CA
WHEN: Tuesday nights, Class 6:30-8:30pm, Jam 8:30pm-11:30pm.
COST: Class $15, Class and Jam $18, Jam only $5.
INFO: 415-335-6384, info (at) humilityswim (dot) org
Berkeley Dance Jam (Barefoot Boogie with lots of Contact)
WHERE: The Sawtooth Building 2525 8th Street Berkeley, CA 94710-2541 The Sawtooth Building 2525 8th Street Berkeley, CA 94710-2541
WHEN: Come join us every Friday, 8:30pm - 12:30am. Before the jam there is a contact improv class for beginners- 7:00pm – 8:30pm, offered by NoNoDance Company (http://www.nonodance.info)
COST: $10.00 ($5.00 after 11:30pm)
INFO: Come early for warm-up in the "Hot Room" (8:30-9:15) "The Warm Room" (Down-tempo space) is usually open by 9:30 (See DJ Schedule for more details)
Berkeley Jam/ Berkeley Pre-Jam Class
WHERE: 8th Street Studio (2525 8th St),Corner of Dwight and 8th
WHEN: Every Saturday 3:30-6:00, Pre-Jam Class: 1:30-3:30
COST: $5 (jam), $15 (jam and class)
INFO: Rosemary Hannon and Vitali Kononov: ciworkshop at yahoo.com
Berkeley Thursday Jam
Playful Contact Jam/Pre-Jam Class - Emeryville
WHERE: Athletic Playground, 4770 San Pablo Ave. (at 48th street), Emeryville, CA 94608
WHEN: Every Wednesday class 9:30am-10:30am, jam 10:30am-noon.
COST: $10 (or less - see website. Includes class and/or jam.)
INFO: Zach Pine: playfulcontactjamorg at gmail.com
WHERE: Roco Dance, 56 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, CA 94930
WHEN: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Class - $10.00 class only/ $12.00 Class and Jam
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM Jam - $5.00 - $20.00 sliding scale
INFO: Cory Van Gelder: (415) 497-8459, coryvg (at) yahoo.com
Los Angeles Area
Laguna Beach Jam & class
WHERE: Neighborhood Congregational Church, Cleo St. and Glenneyre St. in Laguna Beach, CA. (The dance space is through a small archway and up the stairs of the main building and then on your left.)
WHEN: first Saturday of every month, class goes from 10pm to 1pm, followed by a pot luck lunch, then a jam from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
COST: $15 for the class, $10 for the jam, or WHAT you can pay.
Los Angeles/ Santa Monica Class and Jam
WHERE: Dance Home: 522 Santa Monica Blvd. between 5th & 6th Aves, Santa Monica, LA. (upstairs from Radio Shack)
WHEN: Sunday 6:15-9pm(somtimes excluding holidays). optional warm-up/class suitable for all levels on 3rd Sunday of the month (starting Sunday, November 20, 2005), from 6:30pm to about 7:15pm.
COST: $7 suggested donation
INFO: Mary: MLHerzog(at)cox.net or Kirk: KirkAndrews(at)cox.net
Eastside Lab Jam in Pasadena
WHEN: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7-9 PM.
WHERE: 1158 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA, (Entrance and parking at rear of building)
INFO: Jill Cooper- email@example.com
Other Cities in California
Arcata Jams and Boogie
WHERE: The Community Yoga Center, located at 890 "G" Street (which is on the northeast side of our central town plaza.) Arcata
WHEN: Regular dance every Thursday night. The 1st, 3rd, & 5th Thursdays are a dance jam with a DJ, 2nd & 4th Thursdays are contact jams
WHAT: It's a cute little space with awesome people (& some good contacters). Our town is filled with creative & talented people (great musicians, jugglers, physical theatre people, & more)
INFO: Tricia Riel, (707) 822-9663 trishwich(at)hotmail.com
Fort Bragg Spiral Dance Jam
WHAT: It's not specifically a contact jam but many people who go are into contact.
WHEN: Wednesdays , 7:30pm-10pm, Followed by quiet contact jam 10 to 11.
WHERE: Second Story Studios 307 E. Redwood Ave. Fort Bragg, Ca.
COST : $5
INFO: lstoller(at)mcn.org, 707-964-2326
Palo Alto Sunday classes/jam
WHERE: 4000 Middlefield Rd, Cubberley Community Center, L-3, Palo Alto, CA
WHEN: 1st and Third Sunday of each month - 4-7 pm
COST: $10 to $12
INFO: Karin Moriarty, Artistic Director, Dance-Is-It, 408.244.8837, dance_is_it(at)hotmail.com
San Diego Contact Improv Jam/ plus DanceJam
WHERE: 2906 University Ave. (Sunset Temple, behind Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge just west of the North Park Sign, near 30th Street & University Avenue. The Temple is located alongside the coffee shop on Kansas Street.), San Diego, CA
WHEN: First, Third & Fifth Fridays of the month, starting at 7:30pm, DanceJam starts at 9pm
COST: $5 includes admission to DanceJam
INFO: sdcma at cox.net
Santa Cruz Contact Jam/Class - Conscious Dance Odyssey
WHAT: An opportunity for people to get a taste of Contact and other improv and conscious dance forms in the warm-up class from 6:30 -7:30, and then from 7:30 - 9pm to offer a conscious space for dancing creatively in a safe and loving environment. This jam has a focus on Contact but is open to free-style dancing.
WHERE: Yoga Center Santa Cruz, 428 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
WHEN: Every Friday, 6:30-7:30 class, 7:30-9:00 jam
INFO: Rhia Gowen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-484-ZANA
Interested in other dance and improv movement classes, jams, and events? contact email@example.com to let us know your interests and find out what we have to offer!
Other Contact friendly dances in California:
Dancejam in Berkeley - www.dancejam.org
Dancing From the Heart - www.dancingfromtheheart.org
Nurturedance.org - www.nurturedance.org
South Bay Dance, Mountain View CA - www.southbaydance.com
Northern California Dance Collective - www.ncdcdances.org/
Dance Jam Ventura - www.waywebby.com/dancejam/
Do you know about other jams in this country/region. Please let us know so we can post them here. Also please help us correct any outdated information.