Berkeley New Years Contact Jam


The 3rd annual Berkeley New Year’s Contact Jam

When: Friday to Monday,  29 December  2017 to 1 January 2017

Where: The Finnish Hall (1970 Chestnut St and University Ave, Berkeley, CA)

What:  a 4-day weekend of lightly facilitated and financially accessible space for the practice and exploration of contact improvisation,

a fundraiser for environmental and social justice causes!

One day longer than last year! Organized by Karl Frost and Finnish Hall hosts Miriam and Andy Wolodarski-Lundberg

In the 16/17 Jam, we raised over $9400 for good causes!  ‘hoping to top that for 17/18!

Here is a link to a table of recipients of the dispersed funds for 16/17.

We present another weekend of open contact improvisation practice organized accessibly, with funds going to help good people doing important work to make this a better world.  The idea is to have an open weekend of space for practice and exploration with just enough facilitation to help it all hang together.  You can expect…

  • facilitated warm-up and mixer scores leading into open dancingAUDAL
  • a mix of silent jam space and jam space with soundscape and live music in the evenings
  • TWO studios to play in, to allow both open dancing and structured exploration
  • Afternoon scores:
    • basics-oriented classes Saturday and Sunday  to help newer dancers integrate and feel at home.
    • open ended encuentro-style community discussions to inform our practice
  • Access to the dining room and kitchen space downstairs
  • Basic, simple meals and regular refreshments and snacks provided (with an invitation to add in with potluck extras and desserts to share)
  • space for out-of towners to stay at the hall (bring your own bedding!)
  • expected attendance 90 to 100

Pre-Jam Workshop  and Lab, December 27- 29 

This year, there will be a pre-Jam workshop and lab taught and facilitated by Karl Frost. Intended for dancers who have already had at least an introduction to contact improvisation, the workshop/lab will be specifically focused on deepening the jam experience for ourselves and collaborating on creating a richer jam experience for all.  For more details, follow the link.


Contact:  for more information, write to

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Sliding Scale

pay what you can within the range

regular early +early ++early +++early
registered by December 28 December 15 November 24 November 10 October 31
  $275-$450 $240-$450 $205-$450 $170-$450 $135-$450

to register, you can either paypal directly to or use the paypal button at the bottom

There is Work Exchange available.  write for more info.

Fundraiser: Remember, according to SCIENCE, being generous makes people feel better.  So come to the jam! (… and if you feel you have the cash for it, pay a little up on the sliding scale!)  

Also, while this can feel like a drop in the bucket, these contributions do mean something.  As an example, Gitwilgyoots has been fighting off the Petronas petrochemical company up in northern BC on Lelu Island, fighting a $34 billion fracked gas export project on a budget on the order of $100k. $1k of that was from us.  They WON! We were a small part of that.

The paypal button…



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