Weekly Jams and Classes

jamming in Ann Arbor
jamming in Ann Arbor

Please note: For May 2018, the jams are changed to the first and third Sundays to avoid Mother’s Day and Memorial Day

2nd Sunday Jam, Ann Arbor: 3-5pm at SOMA Studio, 218 N. 4th St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (above Peoples Food Co-op).

4th Sunday Jam, Detroit:
11am-1pm– at, 8641 Linwood Street, Detroit, 48206.

Always confirm a jam is happening on Facebook, here, or by calling us.

Please join our google email group for announcements about the jams, etc.

The jams  go like this:
Socialize and enter ( $5-$10 jam contributions collected) 5 minutes
Opening Circle 5 minutes
Guided Warm-Up 15 minutes
Open Jamming 1 hour 20 minutes
Closing Circle 5 minutes (starts at 4:45pm in Ann Arbor, and at 12:45pm in Detroit)
Socialize and exit 10 minutes
A satisfying 2-hour experience in total (though you can arrive late or leave early if needed.)

Everyone is invited to the Ann Arbor/Detroit  jams, regardless of dance experience or physical ability. There is sometimes a led warm-up, and beginners are offered extra instruction and help anytime. Admission to the jams is $5-$10, sliding scale, but no one is turned away if they can’t afford to pay.

We often have ONGOING CLASSES!

Please call or text David Brown at 248.505.4674 or Cara Graninger at 313.585.2598 to confirm location/details.

WHAT IS CONTACT IMPROVISATION (CI)?
…a social dance that arises out of modern dance traditions. One of its central principles is a rolling point of contact between two (sometimes less, sometimes more) people through which both dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People dance contact in any combination of genders, there are no steps, and it’s entirely improvised. CI teaches you to read your partner’s movements and understand your own body. The dance form is hard to define, in part because it’s intentionally undefined and in part because it continues to evolve and change.

“Contact Improvisation is a unique dance that blends the play of the body with the physics of the universe and the wonderful dynamic of physical ‘conversation’ with others.” ~Pam Johnson, Toronto