Information on Contact Improvisation Jams, Classes and Workshops in Edinburgh


(Photography by Sandra Franco, Edinburgh)

Our next jam will take place on:

Sunday, 5th June, 14:00-16:30 at Dancebase.

If you’ve never done Contact Improvisation before, we strongly encourage you to attend a class, or some classes, before joining a jam. If you come to the jam without going to the class and have no experience, we would ask that you tell the facilitator/teacher that this is new for you, and spend sometime observing before you join the jam.

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How to take part, in brief

The class are on a drop-in basis (no registration needed) and are usually held by a qualified contact teacher or dance teacher. If you are completely new to Contact Improvisation, you are strongly encouraged to start with a few classes  (

The jams start with an introduction (sometimes done by contact teachers, sometimes by community members) and are open to all levels of experience. As an explanation, we are community-run group organised by volunteers, so it’s possible that on some occasions there may not be an experienced dancer or teacher present who is able to lead the warm-up into the jam. In this event, you’ll be expected to warm yourself up in whatever way feels appropriate to ensure that you settle yourself into the space, check out what you need for that day, and gradually find your way into contact with others.

Please show up on time for both class and jams – this allows to focus and do warm-up which is important to prevent injuries. It is also necessary to have time to mention (and listen) to physical limitations some people may have, to make participation safe and comfortable for everyone. We ask you not to wear chains or large earrings that could become entangled and cause injuries. Bring comfortable clothes and a plastic water bottle. We dance without shoes; during the winter, socks, wrist-warmers and a jumper are useful during the warm-up phase. Non-skid socks are great to bring!  More information for beginners here.

Please add your name to the participant list, and put your contribution to cover expenses in the box before you leave. The participant list makes it much easier to plan expenses.


Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

Contributions / fees

Jam: £5 / £2.50 (for dancers based outside of Edinburgh)

More Edinburgh Resources

  • Facebook: Edinburgh Contact dancers maintain a FB group with name “Contact Improvisation Edinburgh”. We work together to keep this page up-to-date and have the jam calendar here.

Jams, Classes and Workshops in Glasgow

TheGlasgowJam web site, with regular contact classes and jams in Glasgow: 

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