Julija Melnik (Contact Improvisation)

Master of Science in education with 14 years experience in dance pedagogy (from hip-hop dance to argentine tango, from improvisation to sacred dervish dances), teacher of Samara Yoga, instructor of Choreographic Samadeva and Gurdjieff Movements and Dances, constellator by method of Idris Lahore.

Since 2006 she has been developing and teaching contact improvisation (CI) in Baltic and in many other countries, including teaching at various CI festivals and other related conferences or events.
Julija studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers – Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, as well as Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi, and many others.

Julija likes to explore different forms of improvisation and performance, and her search for movement is also informed by practices of meditation, bodywork, dance therapy and other psycho-corporal techniques such as the Feldenkrais method, Lou Yong Tao Te Qi.

Contact improvisation is an exploration of one’s body in relationship with others by using the fundamentals of sharing weight, touch and movement awareness. It’s a way how to connect with the sensitivity within ourselves that allow us to feel others and an opportunity to let go of the mind and feel the flow of our bodily movements.