FALL 2024 Advanced Contact Improv with Kathleen Rea & guest teacher Suzanne Liska

Multiple Dates

35, Golden Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6R 2J5, Canada

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Full Series of six classes Partial Approval - $240.00

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Full Series (Sliding Scale Rate for all six class) Partial Approval - $210.00

To register for full series you need to pick a date from the TOP drop down labeled "Select a Date". Once you pick a date system will let you fill in the # of tickets box. If you do not select a date it will not let you fill in the # of tickets box. Fill in the # of ticket box and then scroll down and select "Checkout Now". PLEASE NOTE you will have access to all dates in the series if you buy this ticket even though you only selected one date.

Full Series (Lower Sliding Scale Rate for all six classes) Partial Approval - $180.00

One Of Class (drop-ins are only allowed for those that have studied advanced CI and or Axis Syllabus with Kathleen Rea) Partial Approval - $55.00

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Multiple Dates

The Railpath Arts Centre, 35, Toronto, ON, M6R 2J5, Canada.

Fall 2024 Advanced Level Contact Improvisation Classes



This is an intensive level of study of Contact Improvisation through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (Kathleen is a Certified Teacher of the Axis Syllabus) and the Alexander Technique (Suzanne is a  Certified Alexander Technique Teacher). 

LEVEL: What does advanced mean in this context? It means you are:

  • You are comfortable with one of the following being a flyer or basing or with both.
  • You have well-practiced landing pathways and reflexes that are protective if you are falling out of a lift.
  • You are comfortable with inversions (being upside down).
  • You have intermediate skill at a high and low table
  • Experience with studying the Axis Syllabus can contribute to an advanced level as well.

Please email kathleenrea@outlook.com to apply. If you have taken this advanced series in the past then you are automatically already accepted. The application process is just for new attendees.

12 Class series that occur twice a month
Saturday afternoons
Class 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Dance lab jamming 5:30 to 6:00

Oct 5 -  Kathleen Rea teaching 
Oct 19 - TBA
Nov 2 - TBA

Nov 16  -  TBA
Nov 30 -  TBA
Dec 14  - Kathleen Rea teaching 

Railpath Arts Centre
35 Golden Ave, Suite # 108
Toronto. M6R2J5


$55 Drop-ins

$240 for the full 6-class series

$210 for the full 6-class series (sliding scale)

$180 for the full 6-class series (lower sliding scale)

People can choose "pay-at-door" through our Square reader (credit or debit). We do not accept cash.

If you need to pay in installments payment can be divided into two... just talk with Kathleen about this option.

- There will be HEPA filter in the studio

- We ask that people wash their hands before class.

- Do not attend if you are sick

- please note this community tends to not wear masks but people are welcome to do so to protect themselves and/or others if they want or if they feel they have been exposed to illness.

Kathleen Rea danced with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). She fell in love with contact improvisation 22 years ago & has been involved in the community ever since. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and has been nominated for 5 DORA awards. Kathleen has a learning disability which means writing takes 6 times longer than average. It is one of life’s mysteries that despite this struggle she loves writing and is a published author (The Healing Dance). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts with a minor in Psychology. She is a certified teacher of the Axis Syllabus and Buteyko Breathing. She is the director of REAson d’etre dance, a Toronto not-for-profit dance company that is contact improvisation based and produces a weekly jam, a Film Fest, and dance theatre productions. She has autism & works to educate the world about neurodiversity. She developed the well-read REAson d’etre dance Jam Guidelines (download here) which over the past 20 years have influenced consent culture in the contact improvisation worldwide community. She also is the founder of the Contact Improv Consent Culture Blog.
Kathleen Rea's Demo Reel

Suzanne Liska is a dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and researcher, and her artistic practices are shaped by her diasporic mixed-Asian Canadian cultural background and somatic dance theatre practices. She is thus committed to exploring the interrelatedness of mind, body, and identity and the role of movement in questioning, inhabiting/embodying, reimagining, and transforming intergenerational reverberations. Receiving grants and awards through York University, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, Suzanne’s choreographic and teaching expertise are grounded in somatic dance forms as situated within the interdisciplinary contexts of dance, theatre, and music. With a SSHRC-funded MFA in Dance Choreography, she specializes in contact and ensemble improvisation, somatics and dance kinesiology (certified Alexander Technique teacher), dance theatre, Taiko, and Butoh. She is a contract Faculty in York University’s Dance Department and George Brown College’s Theatre School. Suzanne has performed multiple roles as a company dancer, teacher, co-choreographer, and Co-production for Kathleen Rea’s company REAson d’etre dance.


Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
Canadian Heritage Foundation 

REAson d'etre dance productions


REAson d'etre dance strives to provide artistic expression through movement, inclusive of age, ability, level or background. We create, stage and program dance works based on Contact Improvisation so we can utilize the inclusiveness that can be a part of this dance form. Our vision is for both professional dancers and everyday people to be inspired by and invigorated through Contact Improvisation. This mandate involves initiatives that work to dismantle racism and ableism and other "isms", since their existence hinders us in achieving our mandate. We are committed to examining the art form of Contact Improvisation and acknowledging its history of inequity, ableism, and racism. We strive to engage in a continuing process of educating ourselves and acting for change. We believe that increasing accessibility breaks down barriers to dance, creating stunning humanity that is the heart of the artistic aesthetic we reach for. Our contact dance jams are the root from which all our programming grows. Our jams are a mix of performance, research, rehearsal, and incubator. A musician improvises, sweeping dancers into explorations of different themes. We believe teaming Contact Dance with exceptional live music deepens the form. The jams build community. It's about relationships, with the quality of communication being the aesthetic measure. Classes in functional movement help Contact Dancers move with ease and prevent injury. We see healthy movement as beautiful an

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