Traditionally contemporary dance technique has been trained as learning different movement phrases or combinations, which you need to memorize. This is one way of teaching, I love it as well and I also love to explore what are the main principals in contemporary dance technique: floor work, practical human anatomy, movement through the space and management of mechanical and gravitational forces. I also research kinetic energy generation for understanding the contemporary dance.
Contact improvisation is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their movement; gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to feel these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Contact improvisation often include rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. I like to aim towards movable support and gentle flying technique.
MIrva Mäkinen has been teaching contact improvisation worldwide. Don´t hesitate to contact her, if you are planning to organize a workshop: email@example.com