Arcata Contact Improvisation Trust

Hosting Jams and Classes in Arcata since December 2017

Arcata Contact Improv

Class + Jam

Every Monday ~ 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Arcata Presbyterian Church

670 11th Street Arcata, California

Upstairs Gym | Todd Room Door

Free | Donation Supported


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Arcata Presbyterian Church
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Todd Room Door
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Jam Space
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Jam Space

To find the space: Enter through the Todd Room Door. This is the second door furthest uphill on the West side of the church (G street). Upon entering immediately on the left is another door leading to a flight of stairs. Go up the stairs and the gym will be on your left.

Starting for 2019 we now have Contact Improvisation class followed by open jamming. CI classes are a great way to facilitate coherence and communication in dancing. Many community members have requested classes. We will begin the year working on basic CI skills and prescribed pathways (counter balance, sensing, simultaneous leading and following, moving into and out of the floor, floor rolling, lifts, creating the possibility of release, and more). As we progress we will also get into improvisation strategies, ways of using the dance for various forms of investigation, and perhaps performance making.

If you are interested in teaching a class please reach out. For now most classes will be taught by Jeffrey Balinsky.

Music is typically not played until the final half hour due in part to the AA meeting that occurs beneath the jam but we do make exceptions for live music.

Please contact Jeffrey with any questions: jebsky@gmail.com


The Arcata Contact Improvisation Trust is a simple organization. We organize free Jams and take donations. All donations go back into the trust and pay the rent for more free Jams. Our aim is to help foster a vibrant dance community in Arcata, Humboldt County, and beyond.