Contact Improv

These gender roles are not portrayed in all types of dances. For example, contact improvisation, created by choreographer Steve Paxton, is a dance where the male and female both have to rely and trust each other equally in order for the dance to work out smoothly. Contact improv involves leaning your weight on the other person while the other person does the same. One person will move and the other would have to go off of what that person does. The dance can include lifting each other with different parts of their body. In this video, you can see that each gender equally supports the other. And at times you see the female picking up the male, which is not commonly seen in dance.

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