Why This Blog?

This blog is about answers.

I think that many young dancers are hungry for more information about contact improvisation. However, much existing information is poorly accessible, poorly organized, or poorly written.

There’s a lot of great information on the Web about how to find jams.  But there’s not a lot of great information on answering basic, basic questions about contact improvisation that pop up over and over again, and which can be hard to ask at a jam — or hard to know to ask. Questions like: How can I dance more gracefully? How do people do those lifts? What exactly am I supposed to be doing? How do I get better? Why doesn’t ___ dance with me? And the classic: what do I do if I get an erection while dancing?

This blog is about answers. Ask those questions, get a reasoned, thought-out, detailed (though certainly opinionated) response.

10 comments for “Why This Blog?

  1. Christian Cherry
    2019/05/13 at 17:36

    Why not this blog? It is wonderful to have a repository of thoughts, nodes and nexus on CI.

    Many thanks!

    • richard
      2019/05/13 at 19:11

      Aw, thanks!

  2. Daria
    2018/11/19 at 07:47

    I read these questions and recalled an article by Joerg Hassmann. It might give some insights to people asking). https://joerghassmann.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/sexual-energy-in-contact-improvisation/

  3. Olivia
    2018/09/27 at 18:32

    Should we keep prodding you with our erections?

    • richard
      2018/09/27 at 18:40

      Holy crap. :) Sure, keep prodding me about erections.

  4. yoni
    2017/09/23 at 11:03

    i have to say i am really curious to read that erection piece. are you going to write it? (:

    • richard
      2018/04/10 at 19:11

      Sigh. Yes, I really should. Some day. Feel free to keep prodding me.

  5. Abby
    2015/12/18 at 19:42

    I am trying to use your blog as a reference for a paper, is there any way you would be able to tell me the author’s full name? Along with the original publication date because I cannot seem to find either on here

    • richard
      2015/12/21 at 17:30

      I’ve gotten a few of these kinds of requests.

      • Regarding names, for any individual post, the name listed is the complete name that can be provided — anything else is potentially a breach of requested anonymity. However, you can assume that any page that doesn’t explicitly list an author is authored by me.
      • Regarding “original publication date,” standard citation format for Web articles should allow you to list the publication date of the original post as provided on the Web site, and/or the date that you last accessed the page. “Original publication date” is often a meaningless concept on the Web. I’d double-check the citation guide you’re using, whether MLA or something else.

      In essence, the citation information available to you on this blog is consistent with standard Web publication formats. There’s no additional information that should be needed in order to cite it.

  6. Chad
    2011/02/18 at 22:43

    I have the classic question; what if I get an erection while dancing?

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