CounterPulse is proud to host the longest running contact improv jam in the Bay Area! 25 years going strong. Each Tuesday evening features a focused or thematic class from 6:30PM-8PM followed directly by a jam, which lasts until 11:30PM. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both, and both are open for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The class and teacher rotates each month.

niccoMarch Class: Easeful Flow

These classes will be heavily inspired by the Axis Syllabus.  We will explore fine tuning the movements of our bodies to facilitate more easeful flow in contact dance and healthy sustainable pathways for dynamic movement.


February Teacher: Nicco Tyson

I am a person who loves to move my body and have studied dance in many forms: Modern, Capoeira, Salsa, African and Contact.  My contact practice has been heavily informed by studying with some of the amazing teachers around the Bay Area: Nuria Bowart, Bianca Cabrera, Scott Wells, Miriam Wolodarski, Phoenicia Pettyjohn, Sebastian Grubb and Sarah Day among others.  My approach to movement has been especially inspired by the Axis Syllabus. I addition to dancing, I also spend my time teaching and performing guitar and harmonica and leading backpacking trips.


An art space for contact and improvisation, experimentation and inquiry. Tuesday nights jams are a focused forum for movers and shakers: experimentation is welcome, be it in physical, sociological, performative, or compositional realms. Each improvisor is responsible for their own choices. Each jam is cooked up by those who show up.



  • Class: 6:30PM-8PM, Jam: 8PM-11:30PM
  • All levels, including beginners
  • Classes are drop-in, no RSVP necessary
  • In the upstairs studio at CounterPulse, ring the doorbell for entrance
  • $15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both