Contact Improvisation and instant Composition Classes

when and where

from Wednesday 17th January 2018

6:30pm - 8pm
@ Studio G25
St Margaret's House 
151 London Road EH7 6AE Edinburgh

Price: £10 (£8 concession) drop-in 
6 classes £50 (£40 concession)

Please watch the video about Monica's teaching clicking the link below:

VIDEO CI&IC Classes and Ensemble Performance 

who are the classes for

These classes are open to all: beginners, dance students, performers, both experienced and not in Dance Improvisation.

​During the classes we will develop ensemble work that will culminate in a showing date and venue TBC. The participation in the showing is optional

what do we do

Utilizing the principles of contact improvisation and body-mind practices, Monica's teaching focuses on areas such as; awareness of the body's organisation and anatomy; connection to the floor, the space and partner's; and sensing the weight and the flow of the breath into the body. 

Confidence in receiving and giving (lifting, falling, momentum, suspension, weight, impetus) is built through suggested movement patterns and observing the singular expression of the body in motion

Singing Bodies Voice & Movement Retreat 20 April - 23 April 2018

Everyone is invited to join Kate and Monica in this retreat that will take place in a peaceful and wonderful setting; the Burnlaw Centre surrounded by woodland and gardens in the North Pennine hills. Here, time and space will be devoted to explore the connection between movement and voice, dance and singing. It is about combining the practice of somatic movement and dance with finding ways to express our voice and soul.
With Kate we will discover our voice and singing in connection to the movements we explore as well as some songs from around the world. We will look particularly at 'wordless songs' and through focus on movement exercises bring those expressions into vocalisations and our own compositions, exploring different tones and vocal techniques.
With Monica we will explore somatic movement and dance improvisation practice. We will explore body mind approaches to sense one’s inner movement, sounding and dance to then bring them out in space with the others. Individual work will focus on nourishing our connection with oneself creative potential and its expression. 

We will work in groups developing group improvisation and composition skills, integrating voice and sounding into an ensemble work.  We will work on barefoot, please wear comfortable clothes and bring water and a notebook with you.

Fee: £200 before 28th February 
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Fee if paid after 28th February: £220 (DEADLINE 2ND APRIL)
Accommodation and food are included in the fee
Please contact to book or for queries

Location  Burnlaw Centre, Whitfield, Northumberland, NE47 8HF By car – Burnlaw is a 30 minute drive from Hexham and one hour’s drive from Newcastle. From Edinburgh it is about 2 and a half hours.  By train – the nearest train station is Hexham Station. If you are travelling by train, you will need to be picked up so please let us know no later than the 10th of April so we can arrange a pick-up and drop-off when leaving for you. There are frequent trains from Newcastle Central Station and also from Carlisle. More info about the teachers: Monica 

Kate Young​


Summer dance Lab in Nature

Expanding our senses, cultivating the attention, the observation and the search, we will explore the improvisation in solo, duos and groups. Voice, breath, easiness and letting go, connected to being grounded and centred while moving dynamically.

Moving with the surrounding from within. How the environment effects my movements how I can intervene on a landscape  through my movement.

We will use the surrounding of the place we are to let our souls and bodies to express through movement and voice. We will start with the observation of our anatomy and body structures (thorax, pelvis, spine, body’s fluids and vocal organs) to the let the body parts to open us the doors of our perceptions and emotions to experience them and move then into action: dance!

Location and Dates TBC

Monica studied Contact Improvisation and Dance Improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Andrew Harwood, Martin Keogh, Merav Israel. " and I have learned from all the wonderful people I met in my dances". She is training in Somatic Movement Education within the The School for BODY-MIND CENTERING®

CI&IC Classes and Ensemble Performance

Ensemble Performance - Live music and Dance
with the participants of the classes
directed by Monica De Ioanni
8th December 2016
at South Side community Centre, Edinburgh.
This performance is an ensemble work that we develop during the classes.

More info contact Monica at

Photography by Roberto Ricciuti