Wednesday Dance Jam
 


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have previous dance training to participate in the Jam?

Do I need to have previous dance training to take the class prior to the Jam?

What do I wear?

How can I pay?

Is there music at the Jam?

Who teaches the class prior to the Jam?

Is there a Jam facilitator?

Does the class prior to the Jam run every Wednesday of the year?

Does the Jam run every Wednesday of the year?

What time should I arrive?

Can I come and just watch the first time?

Is the Jam accessible or inclusive?

What does the attendance fee go towards?

Who goes to the Jam?

Are there any rules or guidelines?

How do I deal with issues relating to boundaries at a dance jam?

How can I apply for a Wednesday Dance Jam Accessibility Scholarship?

How can I sign up to perform in the after jam performance nights?

Do I need to have previous dance training to participate in the Jam?
The Wednesday Dance Jam welcomes people of various training levels from absolute beginners to professional dancers.

Do I need to have previous dance training to take the class prior to the Jam?
Please check the list of classes and teachers to confirm that the class level is appropriate for you. See upcoming class levels and teacher lineup.

What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you are comfortable moving in. A long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants will help facilitate floor work. Please avoid wearing clothes or jewelry that have features (such as buttons) that could cause injury to another dancers.

How can I pay?
Participants can pay with cash, preferably using exact change or cheque (made out to REAson d'etre dance productions). Scholarships are available for those in financial need. Please contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com if you are in need of a scholarship.
Fees:
$10 just class
$10 just dance jam
$15 combo of both class and jam

Is there music at the Jam?
A musician plays improvised music from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. In the spirit of maintaining the energy of staying in the moment, there is no per-recorded music during the Jam.

Who teaches the class prior to the Jam?
See upcoming class levels and teacher lineup.

Is there a Jam facilitator?
A facilitator who is experienced in contact dance is present at all Jam practices. Please go to them with any questions and concerns. There is a sign on the table stating who the facilitator is with a description of what they are wearing so that they will be easy to find.

Does the class prior to the Jam run every Wednesday of the year?
Yes.

Does the Jam run every Wednesday of the year?
Yes.

What time should I arrive?
The class starts exactly on time at 6:00 pm. So please arrive a few minutes before 6:00 to participate. The Jam is run as a drop-in, so you can arrive any time from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

Can I come and just watch a Jam the first time?
You may come watch in order to see what the Jam is like, but you will need to pay the entrance fee.

Is the Jam accessible or inclusive?
The Dovercourt Penthouse is on the third floor and there is no elevator. If you feel you may need assistance with the stairs, please contact Kathleen Rea at kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com and arrangements will be made. Looking into the future we are hoping to make the Wednesday Dance Jam wheelchair-accessible. If you know of a large studio that is wheelchair-accessible please let us know.

Wednesday Contact Dance Improvisation Jam Training Scholarship
We also offer training scholarships for anyone having a hard time affording the class prior to the Jam. To apply, email kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com and ask for a training scholarship application form.

Wednesday Contact Dance Improvisation Jam Diversity Scholarship
If you are new to Contact Dance Improvisation and you feel that you are part of an under-represented visible or invisible minority you may request a Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship will provide free access to both the class and the Wednesday jam for six months.

What do the attendance fees go towards?
The attendance fee is put towards paying for a jam facilitator, musicians, studio rental fees, administrative expenses and insurance.

Who goes to the Jam?
Regular individuals who love to move, business professionals, contact improvisers, professional dancers, musicians, poets, liturgical dancers, dance teachers, dance workshop facilitators, retired dancers, expressive art therapists and healing arts practitioners are among people who attend the jam.

Are here any rules or guidelines?
Please read
RDDP's Wed Dance Jam Boundary Guidelines

How do I deal with issues relating to boundaries at a dance jam?
Please read RDDP's Wed Dance Jam Boundary Guidelines and go to the page that provides advice on how to assert boundary guidelines.

How do I apply for a training scholarship?
Please note if you are unable to afford the class and/or the jam, you can apply for an RDDP training scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, email a blurb about your background and why you are in need of the scholarship to kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com

How can I sign up to perform in the After Jam performance nights?
Performances must be contact dance or dance improvisation. To sign up for a performance slot, email kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com.