contact improvisation

Contact Improvisation, also known as CI, is a form of dance, but for me it is a methodology through which I love to learn about our nervous system, about leadership, communication strategies and so much more

For me, CI is a philosophy and a practice through which I become aware of my needs and the needs of my fellow beings. It is a form of art that moves every fiber of my being and teaches me how to use my energy resourcefully, how to ask for help and how to receive a no for an answer. It helps me to unlearn behavioral patterns that make my life harder and less fulfilling. CI helps me re-pattern my thinking and emotional responses such that I can function responsibly as a member of the society I want to be a part of.

CI class

The way I see it,  the practice of Contact Improvisation, is a way of being in the world, a way to foster meaningful relationships through non-verbal communication that can in time, be translated into words and communicated clearly and coherently inside the studio, and beyond.

I see CI as a method through which I can explore my inner and outer world, through which I can go back into my sensorial body and intentionally become in tune with the body as a cognitive apparatus. Our embodied cognition holds intelligence that can be tapped into through somatic practices such as CI.

CI class with Liza futerman
CI class with Liza Futerman

In the studio and outside of it, I use Contact Improvisation as a pedagogy through which I can teach, learn and unlearn the strategies that hold me back from harmony, equilibrium and natural flow.

I believe that when we are in sync with our own body, we can tap into deep healing processes that can help us heal ourselves and our communities.

I hold spaces in which I use Contact Improvisation to explore the following:

Contact Improvisation Classes

Falling is a necessary component of walking.

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Dancing with Pain

Falling is a necessary component of walking.

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Diversability ContaKids

Dancing together and communicating through our bodies creates an environment where adults and children, regardless of special needs, share equal roles and footing.

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Diversability Contact Improvisation Sessions

Policy recreation through mixed-abilities contact improvisation sessions

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integrating contact improvisation into non-violent communication learning

How to integrate CI into Non-Violent Communication (NVC) teachings

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Learning Contact Improvisation with Liza is an exceptional experience.

Her unique insights and approach elevate the practice, making it invaluable for personal development.

Elli Pieper
DanceAbility Certified Teacher, Musician

If you have a chance to work with Liza, do not pass it up! She is wonderful!

She truly cares about the betterment of the world and all those around her. She will do all she can to help you improve your life and support you in your journey

Nataliya Zlotnikov
Healthcare content writer at Embodia Inc, Founder & Personal trainer at Emergency Room Fitness, Dancer at KasheDance