A three-day contact improvisation intensive

Form into Freedom

with Carly Czach

May 3–5, Burlington, Vermont

Photo by Patrick Beelaert

Form into Freedom:

Fluid Landscapes in Contact Improvisation

How do we experience the fullness of being alive in our bodies? How can we explore our own movement potential while remaining available to listen to and negotiate sharing an axis with a partner? How can we organize our bodies with efficiency and yet inhabit a space of improvisation?

Contact Improvisation offers itself to your imagination, cultivating curiosity in the paradoxes of the form—structure and improvisation, weighted-ness and weightlessness, stability within fluidity.

This workshop begins with form; laying the foundation with CI skills as a jumping off point. Finding inspiration from connection with the floor, ourselves and our partner, our dancing becomes more embodied as we go from shaping to listening, and challenging ourselves to respond to what each moment asks for.

As we become more adventurous, we find ways to invite our partners into novelty, exploring 360 degrees of movement potential; falling and soaring together, unbound.

This workshop is open to movers of all levels of experience with Contact Improvisation, including beginners.


Carly Czach

After 25 years of intensive training in ballet and post-modern dance forms, Carly Czach gravitated towards the joyful practice of Contact Improvisation. She teaches regularly at Movement Research, and has taught classes in New York City, at Columbia College Chicago, at Earthdance Creative Living, the Israeli CI Festival and in Bogotá, Colombia. Her classes focus on cultivating strength and efficiency, while accessing freedom in each moment. Carly holds a BFA in Dancemaking, is a 500-RYT Yoga teacher, and is dedicated to exploring movement, awareness, and the joy of inhabiting our dynamic bodies.


The Dance Floor

Our dancing will be on this beautiful 1600 s.f. floor on the light-filled second story of a historic 1905 building: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington VT.

Note that the Saturday afternoon class will be held at the nearby South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington.


Friday, May 3
7 PM | Opening Circle
7–8 PM | Class
8–11 PM | Jam

Saturday, May 4
10 AM – Noon | Class
Noon – 1 PM | Jam
3 – 6 PM | Class *
8 – 11 PM | Jam

Sunday, May 5
10 AM – Noon | Class
Noon – 1 PM | Jam
1 PM | Closing Circle

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
*This class at South End Studio.
Photo by Patrick Beelaert


Accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide local homestays for out-of-town visitors, if desired. You can indicate that you would like a homestay on your registration form.

Food. Note that meals are not provided. There are many restaurants in downtown Burlington, about a mile from the dance studio, as well as the City Market Coop.

Getting here. Burlington is located in northern Vermont about a three-hour drive from Boston or Northampton, and about a two-hour drive south from Montreal. There are regular bus connections to major nearby cities. Coming from further away, you can fly directly into the Burlington International Airport from about a dozen other cities. The airport is about twenty minutes out of town. Let us know when you're arriving ahead of time, and we'll do our best to arrange for someone to pick you up.

Questions? Email the organizer, Jonathan Lilly, at jonathanlilly@gmail.com.


The workshop fee is on a sliding scale, with a discount for early registration.

Before April 19, 2019
$100 Student / unemployed rate.
$120 Artist / underemployed rate.
$140 Fully employed / professional rate.

After April 19, 2019, each rate increases by $25.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: If you inform us of your wish to cancel before April 26, your registration payment minus a $30 cancellation fee will be refunded. After April 26, one week before the start of the workshop, no refunds will be offered.

You can register online now at Brown Paper Tickets.

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