Narrative Account: career of
contact improvisation dance educator and author
Since 1981, I have taught contact improvisation (CI) dance in twenty-nine countries. Tracking and disseminating regional styles and developments, I have worked in universities, conservatories, local communities, and professional dance companies. Teaching in English and Spanish, I have worked with as many as twelve nationalities at a time.
Working in Different Settings with Diverse Populations
I am privileged to be a Fulbright Senior Specialist. I’m listed in Who’s Who in the World for my contribution to the development of contact improvisation.
My approach to writing and teaching are the same—I trust the body to provide the imagery that viscerally communicates what the body knows.
A Brief Chronology of Influences and Achievements
I was born in 1958 into three generations of professional puppeteers and dancers. My father danced with the American Ballet Theater and my mother with the Royal Canadian Ballet. Both pioneered the use of puppets in children’s television in Canada.
My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from seeing students increase their capacity for sensation and risk—seeing them dance less with their “ideal” and more with their partner—and the profound gratification of introducing contact improvisation to those who then realize they have found the dance form they were seeking all their lives.
© 2005 Martin Keogh, all rights reserved