Colleen Bartley

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | SUSPENDED

EveryBody Dance. Improvisation for all.

The theme of the class is playing with and exploring what our bodies want to express. We’ll take time to arrive and see what is present in our bodies, wake up our senses and work with tuning in and noticing our internal environment and our external surroundings. Class will begin with a rest to allow the body to yield and for movement to arise from a still place, rather than rush and chaos. The source of the material comes from who turns up this evening in class, we respond to the moment, what is present for us on that day as a collective. Movement will be generated from each individual and we will play with compositional scores and dive into the unknown from a place of the familiar. The class atmosphere is a laboratory for movement research, sourcing material from the collective influenced by each individual’s interests. We’ll include all abilities and leave space for witnessing and learning from each other’s explorations.


Colleen Bartley has Dance and Education degree from Swarthmore College (1996) and a diploma in Community Dance from Laban (1999) and years of experience with Somatic Education (since 1994) and has been attending ID since 1999 on a regular basis. She has worked directly with most of the founders of Contact Improvisation. She’s been influenced by teachers of contemporary and post-modern dance, experiential anatomy with Gary Carter and Caryn McHose, Authentic Movement with Susan Schell, Improvisation & Composition (Tuning Scores with Lisa Nelson, The Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith, Ensemble Thinking with Nina Martin) and is very active in dancing, organizing, writing about and documenting dance. She the co-editor of Contact Quarterly’s bi-annual newsletter. She has an invisible disability which informs her practice as a teacher and an artist and the communities she engages with. She believes that its everyone’s birthright to move, that people are inherently creative, movement is our first language, and sees dance as a way to empower people, to effect social change and to build community.