Wednesday Jam   Ongoing
Class- 6:00 pm
Jam - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  A contact dance class and dance jam that occurs weekly. That Jam is accompanied by live music

Class $10
Jam $11
Both $16

Pay cash or Debit

  805 Dovercourt Road,
  Inclusive class and Jam   5:30 to 7:30

Oct 21
Nov 18
Dec 23

Jan 27
March 3
March 31
April 14
May 12
June 23
A place to practice contact improvisation, inclusive of all people.

Contact Improvisation is a social dance form in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement improvisation and exploration. Momentum between two or more people is used to create and inspire dance movements. The dance form is practiced with or without music. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, following momentum, and “listening” with one’s skin surface. Contact dance improvisation is accessible to people with no previous dance training and to people with physical disabilities. Contact Improvisation is one of the best-known and most characteristic forms of postmodern dance. It is about rolling, flying, sliding, being present and being human.

Facilitation shared between Kathleen Rea, Luke Anderson, Olya Glotka and Kim Simons.

Pay by donation

No previous experience necessary!
Wear comfortable loose clothes so you can move freely
If you require assistance PM Kathleen Rea.

CO-hosted by Making Contact and
REAson d'etre dance productions
  The gym at St. Paul's Trinity Church
427 Bloor St. West, Toronto
  Contact Dance Community Performance Night   Nov 14, 2018
8:45 pm
  Contact Dance Community members perform in this studio performance that showcases Contact Dance Improvisation

Contact dance performance is defined as a solo, duet, trio, quartet or group work that is primarily based upon following momentum, rolling point of contact, balancing over centre of gravity, friction sliding
lifting or moving using momentum and “listening” with one’s skin surface. Works may be improvised, score-based or pre-set.

November 14, 2018

Along with presenting work by community members this evening will also present the work of guest artist:
Minerva Munoz - Mexico
Karin Kato - Japan
Mio Sakamoto -  Japan
Sylvie Moquin - Calgary
Jenn Edwards - Vancouver

Concession: Pizza $3

To sign up for a performance slot please contact

  805 Dovercourt Road,
  Submission Deadline for The 2019 Contact Dance International Film Festival   Deadline is November 30, 2018   The Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) runs every two years.

We are currently accepting submission for the Spring 2019 Festival up until the November 30, 2018 deadline.

CDIFF is produced by RDDP

Info on submissions

  Send send submissions to contact
  Training in the Axis Syllabus for Advanced Movers   Monday Morning November 2018 to May 2019

9:30 am to 11:00 am


DESCRIPTION: Monday mornings for advanced movers who want to study the Axis Syllabus and want to learn choreographed motifs, as well as applicable anatomy. Classes run from September to end of May weekly except for Civic Holidays and a Winter Holiday Break

WHAT IS THE AXIS SYLLABUS? The Axis Syllabus, founded by Frey Faust, is a collection (encyclopedia) of anatomical attributes and ways of moving that are basically safe and energy conservative. The Axis Syllabus seeks to provide accessible information on body alignment and movement practices using physics, anatomy and relevant scientific data from various fields, as a guide. In classes led by teachers of the Axis Syllabus, spiral and wave-like movements are often used to create kinetic energy and minimize excess tension. Exercises can prompt internal discoveries that people can transfer into their daily life or any activity with a movement focus such as horseback riding, dance, running etc. The Axis Syllabus is an international community of dynamic and interactive teachers, researchers and students. For more info see:

9:15 am - 9:30 am Warm up on your own
9:30 am - 11:00 am - Training in the Axis Syllabus
11:00 am - 11:15 Cooldown on your own

LOCATION: Basement Gym of St. Casimir's Church 156 RONCESVALLES AVE. TORONTO, ON

Season Pass - $325 (25 class at $13 a class
and must be used by May 27, 2019)
Card of Ten - $170 ($17 a class and must be used by May 27, 2019)
Card of Five - $90 ($18 a class and must be used by May 27, 2019)
Drop-in - $20

Scholarships available

We accept Debit, Cash, Credit, and Cheque at the door You can also buy online at:

More details on holiday breaks and teachers see.

  St. Casimir's Church 
156 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L4

Basement Gym
  Embodied Experience: Expressing life stories through dance with Kathleen Rea   March 16 and 17, 2019

10 to 5pm on both days


Participants explore embodied experience through dance in this workshop facilitated by psychotherapist, expressive arts therapist, author and choreographer Kathleen Rea. Kathleen will lead participants through methods developed in her work with therapeutic performance facilitation. Discover how playful engagement of body awareness and dance can enliven one's connection to the world and those around them. Life experiences will begin to be expressed through movement and shape, and participants will feel the power of non-verbal communication to express the human condition. This workshop is accessible for people with no dance experience and will also be informative for people with extensive dance experience. This workshop is designed for practitioners of healing art professions and those interested in expressive arts.

$240 public
$200 CREATE students (Please email to get discount code)



Kathleen Rea has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy from (Create Institute & European Graduate School) and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO). Kathleen has taught at School of Toronto Dance Theatre, York University, and Niagara College and she is a faculty member of George Brown Dance. She has choreographed over 40 dance works, has been nominated for five DORA awards and is a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Choreographic Award. She is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions who produces the Wednesday Dance Jam, the Contact Dance International Film Festival and the Moved by Natural Forces Retreat.

REAson d'etre dance productions

Kathleen Rea’s book the Healing Dance: The life and practice of an expressive arts therapist will be for sale for $40 at the end of the workshop through cash, cheque, credit or debit
  2019 Contact Dance Internatioanal Film Festival   June 29 to July 1, 2018   Save this date and check back for more info soon!   Celia Franca Centre
400 Jarvis Street Toronto
  Moved By Natural Forces Retreat   Summer 2019
Dates TBA

Let the forces of nature move and inspire your body. A nature retreat for people interested in functional movement and/or contact dance improvisation. There will be contact improvisation, body-rehab, functional dance classes, as well as studio and nature dance jams. Heal and invigorate your body and mind in a beautiful and natural setting of Unicamp, a spiritual retreat on the Niagara Escarpment, south of Collingwood & an hour and a half northwest of Toronto.

Injury Rehab and Prevetion
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $140 ($110 with payment by July 1)

Waves: A functional movement approach
with Kathleen Rea
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $110 ($90 with payment by July 1)

Contact Dance Improvisation
with Kathleen Rea

4:45 pm to 6:00 pm
Cost: $100 ($80 with payment by July 1)

All fees include a studio dance jams and a nature jam.

  Unicamp Retreat Centre. Honeywood Ontario