Dance Improvisation Classes

when and where



8pm - 9.30pm
@ Dance Base | National Centre for Dance

14-16 Grassmarket | Edinburgh | EH1 2JU

T: 0131 225 5525

Drop-in £9.50 (£8)

You can also book the block of 13 classes £117 (92.50)

please follow the link below for on line booking:

Looking forward to meeting you!

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

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

VIDEO CI&IC Classes and Ensemble Performance 

DANCE BASE Residency 2018 VIDEO

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

Moving from Within - dancing with the Surrounding


Dance improvisation, Instant Composition, Space Responsive Workshop 

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

Location and Dates TBC

NATURA (ΦΥΣΗ) DanceLab movement - voice Retreat


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.

We will use the surrounding of the place we are to let our souls and bodies to express through movement and voice. 

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

land and meet

Site Specific Performance April 2018 - Supported by Dance Base - Edinburgh