Teachers

Daniel Lepkoff

Daniel Lepkoff

Beginning in the early ’70’s Daniel Lepkoff played a central role in the development of Release Technique with John Rolland and Mary Fulkerson, and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton. Through ongoing experimentation with new forms of performance, workshoping specific questions about movement, intense periods of personal movement research, and an onging stream of collaborations with improvising artists, Daniel has slowly expanded and deepened his understanding of functional movement and the presence of the imagination in the body. As a performer he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement and as a teacher for his […]

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Lucia Walker

Lucia Walker

Lucia was introduced to Contact Improvisation in 1985, and has been learningg, teaching and practising the form since then. Influential teachers are Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith,  Julyen Hamilton and Kirstie Simson.  She worked for many years with Jointwork Dance Group exploring improvised performance and artistic lcbzgccollaborations which continue to be central to her work. In 1987 Lucia qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique. She teaches individuals and groups with a wide range of interests and abilities. Recent performance work includes projects at Ebhudelweni rural arts centre, with Flatfoot Dance Company , Durban, at Echo Echo Dance company and […]

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Anya Cloud

Anya Cloud

Originally from rural Alaska, Anya is based in California, US. She dances, make dances, and teaches dance in multiple contexts. Collaboration and activism are central to her artistic practice. Anya believes in dancing with the bodies that we have in order to cultivate radical aliveness. In addition to choreographing and performing, she teaches/facilitates contact improvisation, improvisation, and contemporary dance internationally at festivals and institutions most recently in Guatemala, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, Israel, and across the US. Important teachers/collaborators include Nancy Stark Smith, Sara Shelton Mann, Ishmael Houston Jones, Karen Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Karen Schaffman, Eric Geiger, and Kristianne Salcines […]

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Ksenia Isaeva

Ksenia Isaeva

Ksenia Isaeva (Rus) 9 years ago I met CI and step by step it pulled me in completely.. I live in Moscow – so I am part of CI community there, organising classes, jams, trainings of CI. I travel a lot. Mostly following the dance and particular dance spirit – Angelica Doniy, assisting and dancing together. I’ve been teaching CI in Russia, Goa, France, Germany, Italy, Northern Ireland, Argentina, Brazil. I love dancing CI, to learn continiously from different teachers and dancers from all over the world, to teach and organize CI events. I am very grateful to teachers I’ve […]

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Angela-Mara Florant

Angela-Mara Florant

Angela-Mara Florant had her first experience with CI during her performence arts studies in Besançon, France. In 2005 she moved to Hamburg. She teaches several regular contact classes, gives workshops and organizes jams and festivals (NORDTANZ Festival). Since 2015, she is co-director of the dance studio “Triade” in Hamburg. When Angela-Mara is not dancing or teaching contact she is teaching Pilates, directing independent theater productions, choreographing dance pieces (mostly based on CI) and teaching theater and dance to children. For me CI is an art form. I love allowing my dance to be inspired by the composition of the room. […]

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Yochai Ginton

Yochai Ginton

Yochai Ginton is a professional dancer and dance teacher based in Israel. Collaborating with different choreographers and touring and performing around the world. His recent work is called ‘The One Hand Sound’ which is a full length solo that he has created along with the choreographer Sharona Florsheim. Has experience of almost 20 years in the field of contact improvisation And he is mostly passionate about the crossroads between contact in it’s improvised form to contemporary partnering work. Alongside with his partner in life Olivia Court Mesa they have established and teach ‘The Common Body Work’ exploring contact – contemporary […]

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Elisa Ghion

Elisa Ghion

I am a Contact Improvisation and improvisation and teacher. My practice is deeply rooted in Contact Improvisation that I began to study  since 2005 both in Italy and abroad. Among the others, I’ve studied with Nita Little, Ray Chung, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Steve Batts, Leiliani Weiss. Beside of Contact Improv I have studied Sensitive dance, release technique, Butoh. I Keep nourishing my movement and sense of awareness trough different fields. Nowadays I’m exploring the combination of meditation and movement having the CDP (Contemplative Dance Practice) into my weekly training. The martial art Kalaripayattu is aslo part of my actual […]

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Alessandro Rivellino

Alessandro Rivellino

Alessandro Rivellino is the name that i received and i use to be recognized as a person. I practice contact improvisation deeply and surrenderes since eleven years. I teach, guide laboratories and organize encounters, festivals and residences. I have free formation in somatics, contemporary dance, physical teather and butoh. I have a masters degree in Arts ind feed a blog as a multimedia artist. I have being offering residences crossing the fields of dance, xamanism and performance-art. I am developing a wellbeing concept and technique called Bodylistening. Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brasil, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Ecuador, Uruguay, Israel and […]

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Carmen Alcalde

Carmen Alcalde

Having studied social education, cultural anthropology and theater, I discovered CI in 2005, deepening with Cristiane Boullosa in Madrid. I traveled participating in instances of multidisciplinary improvisation and body research and in 2010 I started teaching CI in Santiago  de Chile. I have been influenced and inspired by Eckhard Müller, Daniela Schwartz, Martin Keogh, Luis Moreno, Cristina Turdo, Jules Beckman, Jess Curtis, Lucas Condro, among many others. In 2011 I got rooted in a valley where I was part of a collective life project. Motivated by the processes of change through grassroots movements, I studied Group Process Facilitation finding several […]

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