For those of us that regularly “shake it” with our little ones in the kitchen, living room, or anywhere else, parent-child dance parties are nothing new. But if you’re not steeped in the world of postmodern dance, you may not have heard of contact improvisation, which has several definitions and has been described by the website contactimprov.com as: “a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact.”
In contact improvisation, partners are silently “moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing, and falling.”
This art form develops and explores many movement skills in a non-competitive, exploratory, and joyful way. If you want to see one of the sweetest, and most beautiful expressions of love and movement, watch this father (and mother, for a short time at the end of the clip) enjoy some contact improvisation with their little toddler.