November 24th :: Thangsgiving :: Somerville, MA

Performing structured improv piece "Trig" with Cecilia Fontanesi, Sophie Oritz and Cullan Powers in this all day post Thanksgiving experimental extravaganza! If you are around the Boston area, come on over for an artistic release from the Fam.


Details here.

Looking forward!!

photo credit: Stephen Pisano

Nov. 16th & 17th :: E/merg/in/g :: San Jose State University :: San Jose, CA

I am honored to have my work presented on this bill with Cheyfin Seymore and Jay Carlon at San Jose State University. E/merg/in/g is the first concert of the year for the University Dance Theater at SJSU and I had the pleasure of working with UDT students to remount Undercurrents. It was such a joy to have an intense week to focus on one thing with these wonderful dancers!

Tickets HERE


November 3rd-5th :: with David Appel and Dancers @ Target Margin Theater

Performing David's ideas to composer/collaborator John Morton's interactive sound with Cecilia Fontanesi, Randy Burd and Ava Heller in November.

Details here.

Looking forward!!

photo credit: Ayanna Nathifa Adams

October 21st-29th, 2023 :: Setting Undercurrents @ San Jose State

Thrilled to be working with students at SJSU on this piece that I never got to finish.

October 12th-15th in Christopher WIlliams' A Child's Tale @ Baryshnikov Arts Center!

I'm honored to make a brief but oversized cameo in this beautiful work of my beloved friend.

Tickets HERE

photo by Steven Pisano

October 1st (postponed from 9/23), 2023 :: Soon Is Now @ Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY

I'm honored to return to Soon Is Now, a climate action art walk in a beautiful park that once was a dump, this time with Randy Burd, Cecilia Fontanesi, Erick Montes and collaborator Elisa Santiago.

Details here.

September 18th 2023 :: with Federico @ Green Kill, Kingston, NY

I'm very excited to play with new friends from XFest at this gallery in Kingston, NY!



August 18th-20th, 2023 :: Xfest @ Ashuelot, NH

This is a gathering of undefinable improvisors. I hope to be a regular.

July 17th-29th, 2023 :: Workshop @ Bainbridge Dance Center, WA

I look froward to working with young people at Bainbridge Dance Center this summer! Thank you to Christiana Axelson for the invitation. Let me know if you are in the area and would like to hike or dance!


June 23rd, 2023 :: TRIG @ Mark Morris Dance Center Duffy Theater

Choreographing a men's trio for the long running Dumbo Dance Festival, which I first helped produce in abandoned office space in dumbo at the turn of the century.

Danced by:  Christopher Williams, Cullan Powers and Mac Twining

Info and tix

March 16-19, 2023 :: Co-hosting Spring Jam @ Earthdance with Rebeca Medina!

It's around the corner!

So excited to return to Earthdance to co-host Spring Jam with Rebeca!

Register HERE.


Ongoing Classes and Jams 2023 :: 100 Grand St, NYC

Along with a cohort of several souls, I have been facilitating an ongoing Wednesday night class and jam since April 2022. It has been wonderful to watch this community come alive.

Warm-up class is hosted by a different teacher each week from 6-7pm. Then we jam until 9pm. Vaccination is currently required. Masks are optional.

FREE  FOR BIPOC identifying folx for the month of February!

We also have a Tuesday night class from 6:30-8:30pm taught by a rotating roster of experienced teachers.

100 Grand has historically been a home for CI. Thank you Bill Young for helping us out of isolation.

New Classes and Jams in Hudson Valley :: Beacon, NY

Contact Improvisation Basics has launched! This studio is beautiful!!

Every other Monday @ VSAIA in Beacon from 6:30-8:30pm.

Check dates HERE. Scroll down to special events.

No registration necessary. Come to 36 Mason Circle with knee pads if you have them.

Semi-autonomous kids are welcome!

Contact for info about jams and events in Kingston, NY, Wallkill and beyond.

September 24th, 2022 :: Sentinels @Soon is Now, Beacon, NY

Choreographed by Elise Knudson, Sentinels  imagines a post apocalyptic trio that watches the water and sounds the alarm.

SOON IS NOW brings community together around climate themed art & theater on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY and inspires activism on the climate crisis at a time when we are all faced with the urgency to act now. Join us on Saturday, Sept 24th, 2pm-5pm in Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park.


60//40 August Residency in Beacon, NY

Created two new pieces with sound artist Adrian Montufar. We experimented with amplified objects and enjoyed the AC provided by a new mini-split.


July, 2022 Residency with Christopher Williams and Minna Karttunen in Helsinki, FI


Minna and Elise reunited after many years to work with Christopher Williams on a rare improvised score at the Liisa Pentti studio residency.



June 23-26th  Dumbo Dance Festival (Virtual)

A Change of Mind Redux Selected for the 2022 Dumbo Dance Festival





March 24-27th 2022::March Jam @ the field center


Co-Facilitating March Jam with Funda Gul at this exciting new space in Vermont. Space is limited so sign up early! (I think this is full as of 3/6/22)


March 6th, 2022::Class into Jam with Funda Gul


Co-Facilitating class/jam with Funda Gul at 100 Grand St, NYC

(sold out)


May 14th 2022::David Appel and Dancers in Beacon, NY


Performing with David Appel and Dancers @ The Coop in Beacon, NY, 16 S Walnut St. Enter on DeWindt during Second Saturdays at dusk!




February 7th, 2022 :: A Change of Mind Redux


A solo I made in 1999 made into a duet for the Solo/Duo Festival produced by White Wave. Danced by Elise Knudson and the amazing Sienna Blaw.

7:30pm @ Dixon Place


November 16th, 2021 :: Artifacts of Enthrallment


Premier of AoEa structured improvisation directed by Elise Knudson. Danced by Jenni Hong, Eryn Rosenthal, Randy Burd and Elise, with Patrick Gallagher on piano and on the dance floor. Premiere at Crossing Boundaries curated by Marcia Monroe at Dixon Place.


Sept 28th-Oct 9th, 2021 :: Performing in Deep Blue Sea by Bill T Jones


Park Ave Armory, NYC

(click button for review)

April 14th-25th, 2020 :: Performing Deep Blue Sea


At the Park Avenue Armory, NYC


November 7, 2020, Dixon Place TV


Premier of Facesa continuation of 60//40 collaboration with sound artist Adrian Montufar for Crossing Boundaries curated by Marcia Monroe at Dixon Place.


Thursdays in May and June, 2020 Teaching CI for Movement Research

Teaching CI, the Basics with an emphasis on 'Responsiveness'

6:00-8:00pm Gibney Dance


280 Broadway, entrance on Reade St. across from City Hall

March 8th, 2020: NexToNow returns!

7:30pm at Eden's Expressway

537 Broadway, 4th Floor, NYC

Thursdays in May and June, 2020 Teaching CI for Movement Research

Teaching CI, the Basics with an emphasis on 'Responsiveness'

6:00-8:00pm Gibney Dance


280 Broadway, entrance on Reade St. across from City Hall

Thursdays in January, 2020 Teaching CI for MR


Teaching CI, the Basics with an emphasis on 'Responsiveness'

6:00-8:00pm Gibney Dance

280 Broadway, entrance on Reade St. across from City Hall

Movement Research calendar


December 17th, 2019 :: Performance of 60//40 for Crossing Boundaries at Dixon Place

7:30pm at Dixon Place

161A, Chrystie St. NYC

Dixon Place


Wednesdays in November, 2019 Teaching CI for Movement Research

6:30-8:30pm Eden's Expressway

537 Broadway, NYC

Movement Research Calendar


November 14th, 2019 :: Performing 60//40 at Dancholo with Adrian Montufar

Performance of interdisciplinary collaboration with sound artist Adrian Montufar

DanceHOLO FB page

October 14th-18th, 2019 CI Intensive

Teaching Contact Improvisation Intensive

Beijing Dance Academy, China

August, 2019 China

Informal workshops in Zhuhai, Hangzhuo, China

July/August, 2019 Milton, PA residency with Christopher Williams

Multidisciplinary Dance Film to be installed in Baltimore, 2020

June, 2019 Move Move Collective

June 15th-25th, Baltimore, MA

Check the website for performance info!

May 19th-May 27th, 2019 Moab Jam

Jam hosts include Bradley Teal Ellis (NY), Elise Knudson (NY), Blake Nellis (MN), Ronja Ver, Brad Stoller (VA), Avital Bal Zuri (MA, Israel)

I hear that it's really beautiful. Registration opens March 2nd !

May 6th, 2019 with David Appel @ Judson

Monday night at 8pm


Rejoining David Appel and friends for performance at Movement Research @ Judson Church

May, 2019 CI Basics class

All Thursdays at 280 Gibney

53a Chambers, New York


teaching for Movement Research

April, 2019 CI Mixed Level class

Wednesdays at Eden's Expressway

537 Broadway, New York


teaching for Movement Research

February, 2019 CI Basics class (extended through March 14th)

Thursdays at 280 Gibney

53a Chambers, New York


teaching for Movement Research

March 2nd, 2019 NEXToNow*

Join musicians and dancers for the practice of performing free improvisation.


Studio D @ Gibney Dance, 53a Chambers 

*Email to participate!

March 21-24th, 2019 Equinox Jam at Earthdance

I am thrilled to be facilitating the Equinox Jam with Rebeca Medina at earthdance this Spring.

March 16th, 2019 Symbiosis

7:30pm @ Spectrum, BK

Joining harpist Violetta for this miniseries of blind dates between dancers and musicians at Spectrum, curated by Caitlyn Cawley and Sarah Chien.

Symbiosis series

Glimpse IV, 2018

It was an honor to participate in this last Glimpse with Nancy Stark Smith.