Chicago Contact Improvisation 

Sunday Jam @ Links Hall 

3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Upcoming Sunday Jam dates for 2023

Nov 19 (Studio B) - Class led by Chrissy Martin

Dec 3 (Studio B) - Bipoc Class & Jam led by Tim Wang

Dec 17 (Studio A) Class led by Anya Smolnikova 

When signing up for jams please make sure you are on the correct 'tab',  BIPOC jam has its own sign up tab ! SEE YOU SOON! :) 

How do I sign up?

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form once or anytime your basic info changes

Step 2: Secure your spot the week of the jam on the Sign-Up Sheet

Pre-pandemic, jams had a come-and-go-whenever-you-please feel. Now, in order to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, the Sunday jam will be capped at 30 people. Additionally, we will all start together in a warm-up class before the open jam to help us mindfully return to dancing in physical contact with each other. No matter how much experience you have with contact improvisation, we are all new to this version of the Sunday jam, all new to practicing CI during a global pandemic. We hope to create a focused container for the study, practice, and enjoyment of CI. For these reasons, sign up is required every week. 

How should I prepare the day of? 

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, your spot may go first come first served to someone else.

Why jam?

The purpose of the jam is to practice contact improvisation (CI), an evolving movement practice in which we communicate spontaneously “through touch, weight, balance, impulse and movement, in partnership with the physical forces” often by following the rolling point where two bodies connect (From Caught Falling, p. 77). 

What happens at the jam? 

The Sunday jam opens with a structured class with a teacher, followed by a minimally structured “Open Jam” typically without music facilitated by members of Jam Support. Brand new folks are encouraged to attend!


Links Hall:  3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618


Every other Sunday - see calendar

11:30 -11:45  Arrive

11:45 -12:45  Opening Circle and Class

12:45 - 2:15  Open Jam

2:15 - 2:30  Closing Circle

Requirement to attend class

We require those who have not attended the jam in 6 months to be present for class prior to joining the Open Jam portion. Please note that if you sign up for a spot at the jam, it will not be held for you after 11:45a. 

Actively observing from off the dance floor is a valid way to participate in class, if you prefer not to follow the teacher’s prompts.

Circle up!

The Opening Circle is a place to state your name, your pronouns, your access needs for the day (conditions that will allow you to fully participate), any wishes you might have for future dances, and other useful information for people to know, such as recent injuries you’d like others to be mindful of. One might offer “My left ankle is injured, please be gentle when sharing weight with me” or “I do not want to be lifted today.”  This is a place to practice saying what you might say again during a dance. 


The Closing Circle is a place to reflect, connect, and make announcements before parting.

Who organizes the jam? 

This jam is run by a collective of volunteers who work within committees and make decisions by consensus. To learn more about how we are organized, see Collective Governance. To contact us, please see Contact the Jam

This series was such a success! Thank you Mo and Max for teaching! 

We are excited to offer a FREE fundamentals series starting Saturday, October 28th 11am-1:30pm. 

Beginners are welcome and highly encouraged to attend all the classes! 

The class is free and put on by the Education Committee. RSVP here

Explorations to expect: 

Nov 18--Flight! Offerings for stacking, moving, taking weight and going somewhere. Working from the question "where's the spiral?"

The same covid protocol and community agreements that operate in the Sunday Jam are applicable for this class series. RSVP 

Hope to see you there! 

Education Committee (Max Pope, Mo Hayden, Kate Ziebart)