Ann Arbor Jam February 22-24, 2013

3 Days of blissful Contact Improv Dance & Play with friends from the Great Lakes area and beyond!

Daniel Burkholder  inspired & facilitated our dance investigations

Dixon’s Violin  engaged us in an improv soundscape & movement journey.

Fundamentals class. International Dancers. Performance Opportunities. Great snacks. & More!

Warm CI Hospitality available for all traveling Dance Gypsies.

Workshop Descriptions by Daniel Burkholder

The Point of Contact

The fundamental aspect of contact improvisation is one to one contact between dancers. Sometimes contact dances are fast and athletic, sometimes slow and meditative. In this workshop we will explore the skills needed to enter into a variety of contact improvisation dances with intention and openness. Skills will include developing greater body awareness, exploring point of contact with a partner, following the flow of a dance, and giving and receiving weight. No experience necessary, willingness to experiment and have fun is. This workshop can be done alone or as part of the weekend.

The Intentional Moment and The Witness

When we engage in a contact improvisation dance we meet our partner through touch and follow the path merging from that contact. At times we may want to add a layer of intentionality to our dancing – this maybe for exploring a new approach, getting out of our movement ‘ruts’, or even performing. In this workshop we will examine various forms of intentionality, as well as what happens to a dance when we have a witness. This workshop is intended for experienced dancers wishing to expand and deepen their dancing.

Inspiration as Initiation

The breath is the foundation of movement. This constant flow in and out supplies us with an ongoing rhythm in our bodies, and an ongoing source of nourishment. In this workshop we will explore breath through an Awareness Through Movement/Feldenkais lesson, solo improvisations and culminating in deeply connected and full bodied contact improvisation duets. Connecting to one’s breath is an excellent opportunity to bring greater awareness to one’s dancing, interrupt habitual tendencies, and open new possibilities in your dancing.



5: setup crew
6: Registration, Hellos, Warmup
7: The Point of Contact Workshop
9: open Jam, live cello by Abigail Alwin, dance as late as you like

9: warmup
10: workshop
noon: lunch
2: more dancing
4: afternoon surprise
6: dinner in town
8+: evening jam, Dixon’s Violin, creative play
12: midnight jam

11: workshop
1: lunch
2 circle for reflections, early goodbyes, announcements
2:30: guided jam (cara)
6: dinner in town

All details likely to evolve


Daniel Burkholder
is the Director of The PlayGround and Co-Director of Improv Arts, inc. His work has been seen at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (WDC), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), Contemporary American Theater Festival (WVA) and many more.

He has served as a curator of the DC International Improvisation Festival and on the Steering Committee for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. He has taught at the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, the Wild Meadows Improvisation Intensive, numerous studios and as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil. Daniel hold an M.F.A. in Dance from University of Wisconsin and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. For more bio details see:

Dixon’s Violin
Performing Artist, Music Shaman, who’s life mission is to inspire people! And he has done so across the U.S. and beyond, captivating audiences at intimate shows, and wowing crowds of thousands, including Burning Man, giving two TED talks/performances, plus radio and TV. Recently giving up a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, he shows the beauty of doing something seemingly impossible, and bares his soul through his instrument – unlike anything you’ve experienced. Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10, grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon’s passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire…

Abigail Alwin
Improv Cellist extraordinaire. Abigail returns to mini-GLACIER to create a sound-scape for our open jam following the Friday night workshop. Not to be missed!


Work Exchange

We have some Work-Exchange openings available for those in short on cash and long on dance spirit.
Contact Milagros: shiatsumilagrosa AT
with a statement of your needs & availability ASAP.
You also need to register.