Contact Improvisation Los Angeles

Welcome to the Web home of contact improvisation for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Southern California.

Weekly Jam

Every Sunday, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Dance Home, 522 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Upcoming 2015 Classes and Events


October 4th 2015 Sunday

Be or Bring a Beginner Class with instructor Olivia Trevino

Olivia Treviño is a dancer, theatre director/performer, and teacher. She holds a BA in acting and directing from Cal Stat University Long Beach, and has studied contact improvisation throughout Europe at the Freiburg International Festival- Germany, RiCi-Paris, ECITE( European Contact Improvisation Teacher Encounter), and Talleras A Granada La Olla -Spain, among others. Olivia is the co-founder/facilitator of Contact High- Long Beach Contact Jam and an adjunct acting faculty member at Saddleback College where she teaches movement for theatre/physical ensemble technique, as well as rehearsal and performance. Here is what she believes about contact.:

“Contact Improvisation is a movement practice with soul nourishing and perspective altering potential. It strengthens one’s sense of awareness and presence by encouraging exploration of moment to moment possibility, over adherence to choreographed plans or preconceived notions. It invites us to listen more acutely to ourselves, to others, and to our ever-changing circumstances. When we release the desire to control what the dance is, we open to the limitless potential of what it might become. For me, these insights reverberated well beyond the walls of the dance studio”

Class runs from 6:30 – 7:30pm, with the jam continuing until 9:00pm (class optional, for you independent rebels!) Please arrive a few minutes early to be ready to start at 6:30.
At Dance Home in Santa Monica. Dance Home is located on the south side
of the street at 522 Santa Monica Blvd. between 5th and 6th Streets in
Santa Monica, upstairs from Radio Shack.Come Join the fun!



October 25st, 2015 Sunday 25th Anniversary Bash!

Warm up by our founder Mary Herzog and Live music  with Grammy Nominated Tom Peters

Jam/Party begins at 6:30 and runs till 10:30pm for this special celebration!

In 1990  our founder Mary Herzog began teaching contact improv at Dance Home.  Around the end of October of that year the, jams became weekly and have continued ever since.  So here we are, 25 years later, still going strong!  Yes, time to celebrate!  Bring treats and refreshment to share if you are moved to,, bring stories to share and, as always, bring your amazing, fun loving spirit!  Let’s play!!!!!

Tom Peters is a composer and performer who is well-known for his interpretations of contemporary music. For the past 4 years, Tom has combined his talents with his love of silent movies by creating original scores through looping electronics, weaving a series of layered loops in the moment to create dense textures that underline the action on the screen. He has previously presented Der Golem and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at the Branson; Pandora’s Box is Tom’s third film. He will present The Lodger, Alfred Hitchcock’s first masterpiece, on October 23, 2010 at the Branson.

Tom is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Green, and is on the faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He has been featured in a series of solo concerts at Boston Court since 2004.Sonny Solwind is an artist and musician focused on shamanic and ritual use of traditional and contemporary music as a tool for transformation and honoring the divine. For the past decade my skills on the frame drum, didgeridoo, Native American flute, and as a percussionist have largely been offerings dedicated to community building and honoring the Sacred. As a visual artist, my work echoes universal and archetypal themes with images that celebrate our connections to nature, the divine and each other. A snake enthusiast, I brings the power of “Snake Medicine” to my visual and performance art and I practice my “earth stewardship” by designing, installing and maintaining gardens of all kinds.


7 thoughts on “Contact Improvisation Los Angeles

  1. I was wondering if there are any classes, teachers or jams on the eastside? Hollywood, Silverlake, Echo park, downtown? I would like to learn and practice and SM far for me, I need to be up early for work.
    Thank you any help you can provide.
    Warm regards,

  2. Hi,

    I am interested in teaching a workshop or class for intermediate to advanced contact improvisers in LA, Saturday May 30 or Sunday May 31.

    I am a performer and teacher of improvisation forms. I worked with Nita Little extensively for 10 years studying, performing and teaching contact improvisation and dance theatre improvisation. I’ve also worked in collaborative improv groups. My performance work is La Lee Lee Dance Theatre.

    I know every 3rd Sunday you have the beginner’s class, which I’d be happy to teach Sunday May 17th. Could a 5th Sunday work for an adv/int class?

    Is there a specific person I should contact?


  3. @Matthew, at this point this is the only jam in Los Angeles I am aware of.

    @Leralee, I will be in touch with you regarding teaching the May class. The jams take place on Sunday so please pencil in May 31.

    Keep dancing!

  4. Hi all,
    I’m coming to LA from Austin TX for SOMAFest. I’m looking for a place to stay for one or two nights (9/10-9/11). If you have extra space, please let me know. Thanks so much!

  5. Hey Lisa Marie,
    We have added a pre-registration option with an instructions link on the main page of this site. It is not required, though it is quite likely that the event will fill. See you there!

  6. I am a middle school dance teacher at a performing arts magnet in Playa Del Rey looking to hire a dancer/instructor to lead a master class series introducing 12-14 year old dancers to CI. The dancers need to learn the history and basic techniques/concepts. I will be present throughout the class to assist. Classes can be Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 2-3pm. Pay is $25 an hour. Looking for 8- 1 hour sessions. Please email me at if you are interested.