For the last 10 years, Catherine Lessard has been exploring what she calls the Contact Weave. She transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of Improvised Dancing and Contact Improvisation. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She also has experience in Body-Mind Centering (BMC), Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp vision of art and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation regularly since 2003 in Montreal (Studio 303 & Dojos), in France and in USA. She is a member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange), a collective for movement research in Montreal. Since 2007, she has served as president of ACI Montreal (Association for Contact Improvisation).
Catherine's workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness, non-judgment and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in an atmosphere of respect and playful discovery.