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
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, Karin Florance

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
  Study Lab for the Axis Syllabus with teacher Candidate Kathleen Rea   12 Monday evening sessions 

6:30 to 8:30 pm

weekly, Jan 14, to April 1, 2019
Axis Syllabus teacher candidate Kathleen Rea explores and practices the transmission of the Axis Syllabus. The common focus of this period will be the vast and intricate concept of the fascial web. Kathleen will work with set and improvised movement, introduce and discuss imagery and conceptual ideas, and present the scientific information consolidated in the Axis Syllabus in support of a fascinating investigation into human anatomy. Each session will have a specific body focus. For instance one week we will look at feet and the next hips and the next shoulders and so on.


$150 for 12 classes
-Earlybird with payment before Jan 1, 2019

Payment after Jan 1, 2019

$20 drop-in

Please register and pay at
Email with any questions

What is the Axis Syllabus?
The Axis Syllabus, first consolidated by Frey Faust, is a collection 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. For more info see:

Produced by:
REAson d'etre dance productions
  Embodied Experience: Expressing life stories through dance with Kathleen Rea   Feb 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



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