Who we are
Who we are
I find Contact to be a balance. We balance individualism with community, self-expression with care for others. We strive to be attuned to ourselves, but also to attune to others. The form has many extremely technical aspects, yet also can be very cathartic and non-judgmental.
We recognize the human-ness of all. We’ve all been new to the form, we’ve all judged ourselves, we’ve all judged others. Contact Improv is a dance, but it’s also a way of connecting. Through dancing with others, we learn how to interact with them in life as well.
Contact Improv is about building good boundaries. It’s about knowing what we are capable of, and what is too much. It’s about knowing when we need to say “no” and leave a dance. Yet the purpose of boundaries is to foster deeper connection. By knowing who we are and what we need, we can show up more fully in the dance and in life, realizing that we can stop if our boundaries are threatened.
In the end, I view contact as a way to become a healthier, more connected, and more artistic person. It’s to find the joys in each moment, and find the gifts each person brings. Contact is food for the soul.
However, sticky points can come up. Similar to the difficulty in relating to others in day to day life, challenges arise in Contact. We can have our boundaries crossed in many ways. While we strive to create as safe a space as possible, Contact is not a perfectly safe space. The only way to create strong boundaries is to be in an environment that challenges them to some extent. The facilitators are here to help, but cannot do the work for you. However, it can be helpful the realize that most people in the room has felt something similar before, and are available to help.
So, what are the Rocky Mountain Contact Jams? They are places to grow, to connect, to express, and to dance. They are places to learn, be challenged, have fun, and love life. They are chances to be inspired, and help create what you want. It is a place to be you, and a place to be a part of community.