Contact Improvisation Class Series

DATES: Mondays July 9, 16, 23
TIME: 6:15pm - 8:00pm
PLACE: Dovetail Studios
REGISTRATION/COST: $39 for 3 class package or $15 single class

In this mixed-level class we will practice shifting between levels of touch and pressure; pouring weight and counterbalance; the dance between leading and following; and falling into flying; among other skills. We will disrupt our everyday vertical orientation by inverting, spiraling, and finding supporting lines of energy between the floor and points of contact with our partners. I will emphasize the importance of body awareness, safe alignment, and communication.

Experience in modern/contemporary dance or dance improvisation is required.  Experience in Contact Improvisation is recommended.

Release Technique Workshop with Madeleine Reber

A three-hour workshop in release technique informed by post modern dance, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), and Contact Improvisation. 

June 16th

9am - 12pm

Dovetail Studios

Let's dance! Three hours to dive into juicy dancing, from the raw elements, to the subtle sensations, the bare bones, the complex articulations and manifestations...

Early Bird Price $25 (before 6/1/18)
Regular Registration $35
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Class Descriptions for Ongoing Classes with Madeleine Reber

Modern/Release Technique

My technique class is based in release technique and is informed by modern traditions such as Cunningham, and Humphrey-Limon, as well as the non-vertically oriented work of contact improvisation. I emphasize attention to sensation, specificity of movement initiation and supporting lines of energy. Class often begins with floor work that warms from the center and builds connectivity to the periphery, preparing the dancer for vigorous, full-bodied movement and intricate phrase-work. We develop a connected support from which to move off center and into and out of the floor, exploring a range of momentum and control. 


My approach to teaching choreography develops in students an understanding of craft and its connection to meaning making and communication. I integrate the study of choreographic tools with work that encourages individual creative voice, believing that the "why" of choreography is as important as the "how." I speak to the subjective nature of viewing choreography as well as the rigorous craft and evaluation necessary for clear communication of choreographic intent. My courses consider a range of perspectives relevant to current dialogues in the field. This includes making room for a diversity of aesthetic ideas and content while asking students to interrogate their own processes and bravely experiment with their work.



Improvisation is an integral part of contemporary dance training that broadens the dancer’s vocabulary of movement, hones internal and external awareness, and creates new avenues for expression. Improvisation trains the body to move, problem solve and create, based on sensation and internal impulse, as well as compositional choices. I approach improvisation as a tool in the creative process, as well as a performance practice. I value the artistry of this form and emphasize the specificity and intention that underlie the spontaneity. I draw on concepts from compositional improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Laban Movement Analysis and Action Theater.