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).
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.
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.
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.