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Afro-contact 1

Adam Gottlieb, an emerging professional dancer / choreographer from Canada, has created a new website to promote his teaching and performance work and there are a number of his adventurous ideas that intrigued and excited me.  He has given me the permission to reprint this introduction to the collaborative work he has been doing combining African based dance forms and CI.  Check out his website, for other interesting workshops including Ecology-Based dance, collective composition, and more.   -MZ

There are a couple of things I’ve noticed about contact improv jams and performances: they are largely done by and marketed to light-skinned Euro-Americans; and, when this usually-silent dance is accompanied by music, it tends to be new age, worldbeat, or modern-classical.   I am curious to dance with and for people of all cultures. I feel a particular affinity with African-rooted people and music – from hip-hop to djembe drumming – and find that they share with contact improv a raw, compelling, physical and emotional energy grounded in everyday life.

In 2005, I launched "Hip-Hop Meets Contact Improvisation," including weekly jams for Montrealers and occasional intensives for locals and out-of-towners alike. The dancers gave me a picture of something beautiful and powerful to come...

Afro-contact 2

In 2006, I made my first trip to Africa, to get closer to the source of that feeling. In Cape Coast, Ghana, I worked for three weeks with Asanti Dance Theatre. We exchanged teaching, and created a one-hour show blending traditional Ghanaian dance with contact improv. The dancers and the 300-plus people who watched were thirsty for something new.

Hip-hop and African dance will continue to meet contact improv, here and in Africa. If this speaks to you and you are ready to make it, I want to work with you. I can host you in Montreal, come to you, or meet you partway.

-Adam Gottlieb

Job opening at Earthdance

Earthdance, a vibrant dance community and retreat center in Western Massachusetts, is seeking a new Office Manager! 

This position requires a one year comittment and begins in early December.


Office Manager Job Description:

The Office Manager is responsible for daily oversight of the Earthdance office:

  • Answering or directing e-mail/phone calls/guest questions
  • Organizing registration for workshops
  • Booking studio rentals and personal retreats
  • Oversight of the website and database
  • Preparation of bulk mailings
  • Taking minutes at meetings
  • And a pile of other tasks too varied to mention here!

Requirements: Administrative experience and/ or office skills including touch typing; facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access; basic Web editing abilities; strong organizational skills; the ability to self-motivate/self-direct; good sense of humor and a gracious attitude. Also important are knowledge of the improvisational dance community and desire to live in community. 

Compensation: $400 monthly stipend, private room and board, free jams and community events, and significant discounts on Earthdance-produced workshops.

For more information please contact Lita at 413-634-5678, ext. 1 or email:

To apply, please fill out an application from the Earthdance website at


Thomas Häntzschel Photo Gallery

Follow the link below to see some of the most beautiful professionally taken photos of Contact Improvisation around.  The photos, by German Photographer Thomas Häntzschel, were taken at ECITE (European Contact Improv Teacher's Exchange) during five of the annual meetings between 1998 and 2005 in Sweden, Germany, Hungary, and Estonia.

Thomas Hantzschel Photo


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