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2021 Annual D.C. Dance Improvisation Festival

November 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Dance ICONS in partnership with Dance Loft on 14 invites you to the FOURTH ANNUAL D.C. DANCE IMPROVISATION FESTIVAL. Explore, Create and Discover– all day long! A flat $30 fee covers all 3 Master Classes plus the reception! Space is limited. Register soon!


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Dance Loft on 14, Washington DC

See schedule below:



10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.



Originally created by Steve Paxton

Teacher: Kathryn Harris Banks

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

* Bring lunch and join our dance circle from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. *

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Originally created by William Forsythe

Teacher: Vladimir Angelov

2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Originally created by Nancy Stark Smith

Teacher: Ken Manheimer

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a complimentary and informal Wine & Cheese reception *

in the Dance Loft Conference Room



Established and proudly sponsored by Dance ICONS, Inc. ©

More information about the workshops and the teachers:

CONTACT IMPROVISATION (technique) was introduced as an avant-garde dance in 1972 by Steve Paxton who led its development into the 21st century. In CI there are no established dance vocabularies to manipulate. Instead, the CI form practitioners instantly generate fresh movement material. The absence of pre-planned choreography requires the practitioners to use intuitive and reflexive responses. There are preliminary rules of safety. As practitioners become familiar with the CI foundation, they gradually master skills to maneuver each other and negotiate multiple movement choices.

KATIE HARRIS BANKS (teacher) is a professional dance artist based in DC. She’s danced with Starr Foster Dance Project (VA), Laura Peterson Choreography (NYC), Kate Weare Company (NYC), Christopher Hutchings (NYC), Daniel Burkholder/The Playground (DC), Sharon Mansur/mansurdance (DC), Katie Sopoci Drake (DC), Uprooted Dance (DC), as well as other collaborations. Over the years, improvisation has become the core of Katie’s movement and teaching style, and she’s happy to be exploring it with you today.

IMPROVISATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (technique) was developed by William Forsythe, who uses different algorithms and operations to maneuver and play with movement material, aiming to create unique vocabulary. Although Forsythe uses the ballet lexicon, he intentionally abandons the traditional technical demands to execute the ballet position in the traditional relationships between body parts. Forsythe often sets specific movement phrases in dancers, and then asks them to manipulate and modify them by using his algorithms. His principles of transforming movements use body parts modification, spatial variations, and time manipulation.

VLADIMIR ANGELOV (teacher) is a renowned professional choreographer, educator, and author with an extensive career and experience. Currently he is the Executive Director and Founder of the International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography – Dance ICONS, Inc.

THE UNDERSCORE (technique) is an ensemble improvisation “score” (recipe), developed by Nancy Stark Smith, with a foundation in Contact Improvisation. It involves a clear, intuitive progression and many elements similar to those of a CI jam, but with a more coordinated progression and focus. It provides an opportunity for anyone, regardless of their movement and improvisation experience, to engage in moving together as part of a group, in a vital balance between shared structure and freedom that is rare in daily life.

KEN MANHEIMER (teacher) has studied Contact Improvisation, the Underscore, and Authentic movement with many central teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, and Sue Schell. He has taught on many occasions, and has performed over several years with local choreographer Nancy Havlik’s dance performance group. Ken also is the long-standing coordinator of the DC Sunday CI Jam and helps to organize the Spring East Coast Jam retreat.


November 21, 2021
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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