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 2013 Classes and Events


October 5th, 2014 Sunday

Be or Bring a beginner Class taught by Jeffrey Nash

Class from 6:30 -7:30 jam continues until 9pm

Jeffrey Nash began to explore dance and movement in the Early 80′s. In the late 80′s he discovered “contact improv” and began combining principles from his studies in holistic health and physics to his exploration of the dance form. He was a performing member of the Carol Solomon Dance Company from 1992-1994.


During more than 30 years of work and study Jeffrey has also created an eclectic distillation of health approaches known as The Awakening Process. Its focus is to return to the basics of what healing is; the natural movement toward our joy and our wholeness, and to present a set of tools/techniques to assist people in that process.


He has taught and worked with clients across the US and Canada as well as in Europe. His work also includes over 20 years with the Simonton Cancer Center and nearly four year as Director of Massage Therapy at Glendale Career College. Jeffrey is presently an organizer of the California Contact Improv Jam at Harbin Hot Springs and the LA/Santa Monica Contact Improv Jam. He continues his work with the Awakening Process while also exploring movement and dance, and teaching and practicing the contact improv form.  


November 16th, 2014 Sunday

Be or Bring a beginner Class taught by Shel Wagner Rausch

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.