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New Book by Cheryl Pallant!!!

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"Author, Cheryl Pallant is a dancer, dance critic, and teacher at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University... In this book Cheryl draws upon her own experience and research to explain the art of contact improvisation... The text begins with a history, then describes the elements that define this form of dance. Subsequent chapters explore how contact improvisation relates to self and identity; how class, race, gender, culture and physiology influence dance; how dance promotes connection in a culture of isolation; and how it relates to the concept of community. The final chapter is a collection of exercises explained in the words of teachers from across the United States and abroad. Appendix A describes how to set up and maintain a weekly jam; Appendix B details recommended reading, videos and Web sites."   -McFarland Publishing

Recent Slideshows from WCCIF & The Global Underscore

Here's a link to a slideshow of photos shot by dancer Erica Hagen taken at WCCIF (West Coast Contact Improv Festival) in San Francisco:

Also take a look at David Oliveri's recent photos from the Global Underscore taken in Bordeaux, France, where they were dancing from Midnight till 4am simultaneously with improvisers from all over the world!

"Collateral Damage"

This is a funny animated video which dancer/videographer Andrew Wass made of
GI Joe army dolls doing Contact Improvisation!!

GI Joe

Notes On Hosting A Weekend Jam

Found this on Hang-On Healing Arts Center's website - Atlanta, Georgia's main spot for CI.  A few nice notes from Micheal Hurd about organizing a first time weekend long jam in your town: