Contact Improvisation masterclass with Gerrard Martin

This term the dancers are privileged to have a series of Contact Improvisation Masterclasses with the talented Gerrard Martin! Check out some photos of their work below.

What is Contact Improvisation? Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially - following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed Contact Improv through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Source: http://www.contactimprov.com/whatiscontactimprov.html