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Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam


This six-night Jam is the world's oldest multi-day, annual contact improvisation jam, in the beauty of Oregon's mountains, every March, at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat Center in Detroit, Oregon. It draws people from around the world and features lots of open dancing/improvising time, soaking and steaming, guided warm-ups, Contemplative Dance Practice, evening performances, and afternoon workshops. (It is produced by DanceAbility International's parent company, Joint Forces Dance Company.)

39th Annual Breitenbush Contact Jam

This event has been canceled due to COVID-19 , all info below is subject to change- we hope to see you all in spring of 2021!


The 2020 Breitenbush Contact Improv Jam is March 23rd - 29th. Prices include lodging in forest cabins and vegetarian meals. For more information, contact us directly at our email. Initial deposit of $125 should go to Joint Forces Dance Co., 576 Olive St. Suite 208, Eugene, OR 97401, USA or use PayPal to or we can send you a Venmo request upon your request.

Andrew Harwood (pictured in the center, below), a first generation contact improvisation instructor will be facilitating during the 39th annual jam.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Montreal) is an internationally recognized pioneer and master teacher of contact improvisation. He began his dance career in 1975 and for over forty-five years has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of contact improvisation and compositional improvisation as sophisticated movement disciplines and performing art forms. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, among many others, and has danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, etc. Passionate about teaching, he transforms his training in gymnastics, the Alexander Technique, Aikido, release technique, contemporary dance, yoga and various somatic practices into a personal language, which he has shared throughout the world since 1976. He was awarded the Canada Council's Jacqueline Lemieux Award for artistic excellence in 2000. 

“Since my beginnings in dance in 1975, improvisation has been an ongoing artistic process for me and contact improvisation has been the catalyst and the glue that binds it all together. I do not tire of it. It keeps me alive and happy and continues to teach me the best lessons in life. For some 45 years, my fervent relationship with this instantaneous art form has fueled a compulsive need to explore, to move, to learn and to express ideas and emotions through my physical being. It is the preeminent way for me to communicate with others and the world.”

                             Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

Accommodation Details:

$790 - standard cabin (bathrooms are outside and nearby)

$665 - "dorm" cabin (2 sets of bunk beds equals 4 people per cabin; bathrooms are outside and nearby)

$915 - "plumbed" cabin with bathroom inside the cabin

CLICK HERE for a link to the registration form

CLICK HERE to email with any questions or concerns

We hope you can join us as we continue exploring this great form of contact improvisation at this focused jam.

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