In this class, we will explore the complementary roles of under-dancer and over-dancer. We will look for mobility and ease in the role of providing support and for expansion and levity when ‘in flight’. The intention is to develop our abilities to be both soft and strong, stable and fluid whilst expanding the range of possibilities in our dancing.

About Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson is an independent dancer based in London. He teaches improvisation and contact improvisation for actors and dancers in Higher Education (Trinity Laban and Rose Bruford College) and in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Robert has been passionately involved with contact improvisation since 1996. Influential teachers have included Kirsty Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Ray Chung and Rick Nodine. Robert has taught workshops in Austria, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Réunion, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, and Italy. He performs with Touchdown Dance and improvisation ensemble SoFt. In teaching dance improvisation Robert seeks to help students find deeper connections through our senses, inviting play and poetry for the dancing body. As an organiser, Robert has directed London Contact Improvisation since 2001. He was also part of the curator team for CI36 in Pennsylvania (2008) and the European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ormskirk, England (2009).

About our CI sessions

Contact improvisation is an open-ended exploration of two or more bodies moving while sharing physical contact. By offering a regular space for learning and practising the form we aim to gather and share the evolving practice of contact improvisation and its practitioners. As there are different approaches to learning and practising CI classes would vary. All classes are led by experienced teachers from inside and around the region.

  • Classes are led by an experienced CI teacher for 1.5 hours and are followed by a 1-hour jam session. (the jams are unguided to allow time to play around with ideas taught during the class )
  • Jams start with a 30 minute guided warm-up leading to a 2 hours unguided jam. This session is designed to allow time for free exploration of the CI practice.

Both sessions are open to all levels and no previous experience is required.

For more details on what contact improvisation is, please click here


Sundays, 1.00 – 3.30 pm (please arrive at 12.45 for a prompt start and feel free to leave at any point during the jam)


Brighton Ki Centre, Ground Floor Studio, 12 Queen Square, Brighton, BN1 3FD
(Near the Clock Tower & at the top right corner of the square, under the DV8 sign).

The dojo has a padded floor.


  • Class – £10 (£9 concessions*/SDN members)
  • Jam – £7 (£6 concessions*/SDN members)
    *Concessionary rates apply to full-time students and those who are unemployed or have a low income.

There is no need to book any of our sessions in advance and we take cash only.

If you have any questions, please contact

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Date(s) - Sunday 22 September, 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Brighton Ki Centre