Teachers


Daniel Mang
London, United Kingdom

Contact improvisation has been my primary movement practice since 1986. I also practice aikido and am strongly influenced by the Feldenkrais method and Body Mind Centering. I have studied with Bruno Stefanoni, Dieter Heitkamp, Ka Rustler, Kurt Koegel, Howard Sonenklar, Nina Martin, Benno Voorham, Nancy Stark Smith, K J Holmes and many others. I have been teaching the form since 1990 - at first mostly in Berlin, from 2005 on primarily in the South West of France, but also in Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK. I am fluent in English, German and French and regularly teach in these three languages. I was one of the organisers of the "European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange" (ECITE) in Potsdam in 1999 and participated in ECITEs in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and Spain. From 2005 to 2011 I was part of a small network of contact improvisation teachers in Toulouse that organized jams, classes and workshops locally. Since my move to the UK in July 2011 I have been teaching mainly in London, but also in Brussels, Paris and Toulouse. I was one of the organisers of the first week-long international contact improvisation festival in London 26 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012. I am involved in making contact improvisation available as a way of exploring body politics, as a tool for communication and personal change, to radical left, feminist, queer and antiracist activists. I see my interest in radical social theory and my love of contact improvisation as two aspects of the same desire.


Elin Maria Andersson
Umeå, Sweden

I live in a village outside Umeå in north of Sweden. I have been working for some years to build a CI community and during this process I have met many different attitudes and beliefs about contact improvistion and the kinds of people that dance it. I feel that the question of how available CI is has become more and more important to me, especially as I have been working to spread and share this dance form with people that don't usually dance or to that have strong opinions about what CI is. I bring questions like: Who can teach CI? How do we learn CI? What is CI in different contexts for different people - such as with high school kids? People with mixed abilities? Children and their parents? Punks or hippies? Ballet dancers? etc. In 2009 I studied Dance and Somatics at Islo Sports Institute in Finland. Since my return to Umeå I have been holding classes in CI and improvisational dance. My base in movement practice is in somatics such as yoga, CI, free dance and physical theater. Another major part of my life is that I am a human rights activist and I want this to be included in my dance through creating a forum for solidarity and inclusion where people feel safe and welcome.

Jams Aguila
Toulouse, France

I recently moved to Toulouse from spending a few years in the Bay Area in California studying Expressive Arts Therapy. I have always been interested in theatre/movement and the concept of representation. Especially through queer lenses and as a genderqueer person, I am experimenting more and more with bodily communication and the power of transformation through dance. Radical social changes need to happen from strikingly showing our bodies to society, therefore by creating spaces to dance (the shit out of "this place"), we can start to learn how. I have practiced contact improvisation for only a couple of years, within a feminist queer space. I am curious and excited to experience it in a different setting with multiple sources of identities.


Jan Lee
London, United Kingdom

Jan is a dancer, physical performer and musician. She has a background in contact improvisation, action theater, voice, music and somatic movement. She is researching, devising and performing in scores that allow us to improvise together in a common language, which play between 'imagination' and 'reality'. She has been dancing contact impro for 6 years, and running contact jams in London for 3 years. Since she started to practice the Underscore regularly, she became interested in scores that bring focus to our jamming and bring a group intention to our dancing. She loves observing improvisations in our interactions unravelling in daily life, in city spaces and sacred places, in our feelings, choices, actions and expressions, in the overlap of our dancing into our everyday sensing.


Jaqui Wan
London, United Kingdom

Jaqui teaches a dynamic and challenging style of powerful and dynamic yoga, that encourages playfulness, collaboration and connection.
She is a certified yoga teacher and bodywork practitioner. She is also the first certified AcroYoga teacher in Europe and working with the original founders was responsible for introducing this new and exciting form of yoga to the United Kingdom.
Jaqui studied under the tutelage of celebrated instructor, Venkatesh of Atma Vikasa tradition, in India. She undertook formal teacher training with Brian Cooper and Nawajoyti. Her Acroyoga training was gained from the founders, Jenny Sauer-Kline & Jason Nemer. As an active practitioner, she continues to be inspired by the breakthrough work of David Sye of Yoga Beats, her first teacher.
Long term, Jaqui is looking forward to discovering creative ways and new opportunities for yoga to cross over and enrich everyday life for anyone and everyone.


Jenny Moy
London, United Kingdom

I have been practicing contact improvisation for about five years. I have a deep interest in helping to create spaces that facilitate learning through dancing: themed jams, residentials & labs as well as workshops. I think it's a great strength of contact improvisation that its "content" is undefined and there are no certified teachers of it: creating a space for all of us to teach each other what we know - or more precisely to let the dance teach us as we meet each other there.


Kim Lasdon
Madison, WI, United States

Kim has been dancing contact improvisation since 2002 and began teaching in 2008. She has studied Contact Improvisation with Nancy Stark-Smith, Martin Keogh, Gretchen Spiro, Mark Zemelman, Kirstie Simson, Keith Hennessey, Eckhard Mueller and Daniela Schwartz and clowning with Patch Adams. She teaches at University of Wisconsin, Madison (US). She is an active organizer in the Madison Jam community, with GLACIER (Great Lakes Area CI Enthusiast Retreat), and with Midwest CI Teachers Exchange and co-organized the Regional Irish Network of CI Enthusiasts (RINCE). She is deeply involved in queer-centered spaces, research and art. She is also influenced by her backgrounds in bodywork & Chinese medicine, clowning, stiltwalking, yoga and sexual health/sexuality teaching. Working with improvisation and movement has fed back in to every realm of her life.


Maika Fernandez
Toulouse, France

is a healer and dancer. A performer with a strong background in butoh, she practices Qi Gong and has been studying and practicing contact improvisation intensively since 2008. She works as an osteopath in private practice and leads a project investigating the combination of movement improvisation and bodywork in Toulouse.


Melody Sacco
London, United Kingdom

is a professional dancer. She trained in dance theatre in Italy and as a community dance artist at the Laban Centre in London. Her background is in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, action theatre and Body Mind Centering.
She loves to teach but she is also a performer. As a dance teacher she has been working in various settings in the community, collaborating with divers dance organisations and schools in London. She has worked with groups of different ages and abilities in inclusive settings. This has reinforced her belief that dance and physical touch are fundamental needs and are fantastic creative tools.
Her classes offer an inclusive and fun environment, encouraging people's natural ability to move and expressive and creative potential. She is interested in exploring how our movement is effected by the environment and how it can become our dance partner.


Rachel Dean
Leeds, United Kingdom

is a contemporary dance artist based in Leeds. She graduated from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2006 and now performs, teaches and choreographs. She has a particular interest in improvisation and collaboration with other art forms and is part of improvisation collective Mathilde. Her choreography also draws on improvisation and a somatic approach to movement. Rachel has been practising contact improvisation for 11 years and teaching for 5. She gives weekly classes at Mind the Gap Theatre and Yorkshire Dance and has taught for Manchester Contact Improvisation, Improvisation Exchange Leeds and The University of Chester. She attends the European Contact Improvisation Teachers’ Exchange regularly and is passionate about sharing her skills in and enthusiasm for contact improvisation.

Samuel Overington
London, United Kingdom

I have been a practicing artist in London’s east end for the past five years. I document things that interest me, and this has led me to drawing dance.
I work with Emerging Forms, a set of research and performance development workshops run during 2011 and 2012 at the University of Northampton, with Lotti Gompertz. During 2010 and 2011, together with Jennifer Farmer, I worked in the context of a performance company called Coffee+Sponge; we ran performance based Life Drawing classes called SHARPEN MY PENCIL.
I have been resident artist
- with London Contact Improvisation at Moving East in Dalston
- for the 2011/2012 Contact Improvisation New Years Jam at Moving Arts Base in Islington
- for Janis Claxton Dance: March 2011 - during the production week for HUMANIMALIA at Tramway in Glasgow - a national touring piece supported and co-produced by Tramway, Woorkroom, Dance Base, and Dance Digital. September 2011 - during a research and development week residency at Dance Base (Grassmarket) in Edinburgh. March 2012 - during a research and development week residency at Dance Base (Leith) in Edinburgh.


Sonja Brühlmann
London, United Kingdom

is a physical actress and dancer. She started exploring contact improvisation around nine years ago and has passionately practiced it every since. She loves the fact that contact improvisation is an endless movement research and an ever evolving and expanding practice. Sonja facilitates dance and drama workshops in a wide range of community and social contexts, with children, young people and adults and she likes to use contact improv as one of the tools to bring people together and connect them in new ways with themselves and their surrounding. As a performer she’s interested in improvising with everyday places, transforming them through movement, the senses, play and voice. She’s curious about how the perception of the everyday in the performer and the spectator is altered thanks to the presence inhabited in a performative act.


Vanessa Cook
London, United Kingdom

Vanessa started contact improvisation ten years ago when she joined a dance company that practised it for 8 hours a day. She fell in love with contact improvisation then, and the love affair continues. She has taught the form in schools, prisons, universities and dance companies. Watching people engage with it in these different settings confirms her belief in contact improvisation as a powerful, available movement form. Vanessa choreographs, teaches and performs with dance, aerial dance and theatre companies. She envisages a future practising contact improvisation in every stage of life in which she finds herself.