NL Moves in St. John’s on Friday, November 20th: Contact Improv With Ryan Davis 

DanceNL presents workshop in Contact Improvisation with Ryan Davis

When: 7-9pm, Friday, November 20th, 2015

Where: DanceSpace, St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre

Admission: $10 ($5 for DanceNL members & students of St. John’s Actors’ Studio)

DanceNL is proud to present an NL Moves workshop: Contact Improv with Ryan Davis.

Contact Improvisation is a dance form in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement improvisation and exploration. If you could do Aikido, surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like.


This introductory workshop will explore the skills of balance, counterbalance, sharing weight, rolling, falling, lifting, and moment-to-moment reponsiveness to our dance partners and the ground. Participants experience moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing, and falling. Dancers are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or other hard pieces. Long-sleeved shirts are preferred. Please refrain from wearing scents.


Ryan Davis has been studying Contact Improv for the past 3 years. In 2012 he spent 4 months at Leviathan Studio on Lasqueti Island, BC, doing intensive Contact Improv training.


NL Moves is a workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Incorporated in 2010, DanceNL works to forge connections between dance professionals and enthusiasts across Newfoundland and Labrador, generating programs and initiatives and promoting and gaining recognition for the province’s rich, varied and vibrant dance scene.


For more information, or to register, please contact:

Corie Harnett

Administrative Assistant, DanceNL