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1- Medias are curious !

2- 6 weeks Contact Improvisation classes starting week of April 15th, 2011

3- JAM every two weeks from 5:30-8:30pm starting Sunday April

1- Medias are curious !

Interview with Radio-Canada Rimouski January 4th, 2011
For die hard Contact Improvisation lovers, Valerie Sabbah gave an interview with Radio-Canada on the show "Info-Réveil" with Julie Tremblay Tuesday January 4th at 7:50 am.

You can download the mp3 file below (at the end of the article)

Interview in Radio Canada January 28th, 2011


Guide :

Click in the calendar the date. A window opened with a short publicity. After then, you can choose the nulber 4/5 for seen cultural reviews by Nadia Ross.

2- 6 weeks classes

For the 2011 spring session, Valerie Sabbah is offering with great enthusiasm a second six week Contact Improvisation course starting Friday, April 15 from noon-1:30pm and Tuesday, April 18 from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm at the Centre de Ressourcement et Massothérapie in Rimouski, 88 St. Germain West.

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9 pm

Fridays, noon to 1:30 pm

Centre de Ressourcement et Massothérapie

88 ST. Germain West, Rimouski.

Cost: $72

First class is free if you’re new or you introduced a new dancer!!

Over the six weeks, we will explore the basic principles of Contact Improvisation such as rolls, falls, spirals, the point of contact and weight transfer. These skills will become tools towards developing a physical communication that is clear, fluid, solid and creates an opening towards yourself and with partners.

Through various exercises we will learn how to create an intuitive physical dialogue, which is at once responsible and respectful so to discover the joy of movement regardless of age, experience and physical limitations of the body.

This course will allow you to ground yourself into your body, let go of the preconceived ideas of the mind and let the intelligence of the body make its way.
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Image par David Chedore

3- Jams every 2 weeks

You are invited to spend a lovely evening of exploration at the Rimouski Contact Improvisation Jam every two weeks beginning Sunday, April 17, 2011: 5:30-8:30pm, Centre de Ressourcement et Massothérapie
at 88 St. Germain West, Rimouski. Cost: $5

Every two Sundays 5:30-8:30pm

Introduction class from 5:30-6:30pm

Centre de Ressourcement et Massothérapie

88 St. Germain West, Rimouski.

Valerie Sabbah lead an introductory class for one hour where participants will learn the basic skills of Contact Improvisation. Following this class, there will be a guided Jam for two hours where the participants could apply their discoveries.

For more information :

For more information and to register for the 10 week course or Jam, please contact Valerie Sabbah:

418-735-5537 / valeriesabbah@gmail.com or go to the Facebook Group “Contact Improvisation Rimouski”.

For inspiration’ I propose this amazing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQRF2sLK1vY
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Image par Dimitri Katadotis

Biography of Valérie Sabbah

Valerie Sabbah is a dancer, interdisciplinary artist and psychosomatic naturopath from Montreal. The love of nature led her to Rimouski. Her approach combines Contact Improvisation, ballet, contemporary dance, Body-Mind Centering and dance-theater. She offers workshops and private sessions for children and adults in Contact Improvisation, body wellness and psychosomatic therapy. Her creative and interdisciplinary approach is at the heart of her passion to share with others her discoveries of the incredible intelligence of the body-heart.

You can have a look on this biography here

What is Contact Improvisation ?

Contact improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physics of touch, weight transfer and the contact point in motion. It was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton from the United States derived from his experience as a modern dancer and his studies in martial arts including Aikido and Tai Chi. Contact improvisation is a fusion of dance, martial arts, gymnastics and meditation, where the organic language of the body emerges from a play and a physical dialogue between partners. Athletic and sometimes explosive, sometimes gentle and meditative, this is a “dance” that sharpens our senses and awakens our ability to respond to what is happening in the moment.

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