The Burlington International Contact Improvisation Jam

A Weekend Gathering of Contact Improvisors from Canada, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and sometimes California and China. There are structured classes and events and beginners are always welcome.

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A Contact Improvisational Dancer for eighteen years, Michelle’s held the space for the weekly contact Jam for over ten years. She’s studied with many teachers including intensive training with Nancy Stark Smith. She’s a practitioner of Aikido (2nd Dan), a certified Yoga Teacher with over forty years of practice, she has a BA in Theatre and produced two one woman shows. Michelle’s business is called “Playing on Purpose” where she encourages hula hooping, juggling and fooling around. Contact Jam: When: Mondays: 7:30-9:30pm Where: Aikido of Champlain Valley - 257 Pine Street, Burlington For more Information go to:

Participating artists

Emily Arwen Mott is a musician, dancer, and massage therapist. She has taught the Noyes Rhythm movement system to adults for 15 years and is now a program director for the Noyes School of Rhythm in Portland, CT. Emily is fascinated with the deep creativity and healing that comes from awakening the body’s intelligence. She expresses her love for the world through teaching, touch and composition. Emily runs a private music instruction studio, music and movement classes for children, and is certified as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor.

Liesje grew up in Vermont, studying dance by age 4. She received a BA in Dance at Naropa University and went on to study at Moving On Center in California and New Dance Development in the Netherlands. As a Rolfer, Liesje teaches functional movement to her clients, and teaching embodiment and dynamic movement at retreat centers and senior centers. She loves to make dance pieces.

Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested...


September 8–10, 2017


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Published August 30, 2017