Classes are usually open to all participants with at least beginning/intermediate skills in body/mind awareness (such as those developed through dance, yoga, martial arts, etc.)
Please wear bare feet and comfortable clothing for movement classes, and arrive at least 5 minutes prior to all classes to sign in and change. Refunds only in cases of illness or injury.
Find below a list of regularly offered classes and jams at Links Hall
Chicago Contact Improvisation Jam
$5-10, suggested donation.
Tai Chi Chuan
Tuesdays: 6-8pm (Beginner & intermediate students)
Sundays: 9:15-11:15am (Weapons class)
* NOTE: There will be no classes during the summer session (May 6 – August 31)
Fees: please contact instructors directly.
Instructed by Hau Kum Leung-Kneip & Peter Kneip
Thai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of slow, relaxed, meditative movements, suitable for all ages, which develop sensitivity, promote health, teach relaxation and the foundations of self defense, and cultivate internal power.
While Tai Chi Chuan is practiced in many countries & by most people primarily as a health exercise, it is also a martial art. The Tai Chi Chuan solo form is a sequence of movements requiring 10 to 20 minutes to perform. Through practice of this form, the student learns relaxation, balance, coordination, control, correct breathing and good posture while also building a repertoire of self-defense movements.
For more information, call 773-348-3175
Saturdays, 9:15 am—12:00 pm
$10 (OuterSpace Frequent Flyer Card Accepted)
– Please note: November 18 and December 30 take place at OuterSpace Studios (1474 N. Milwaukee) –
Contemplative Dance provides a container for cultivating awareness and acceptance of what is arising in the body. The practice is simple and free of prescribed movements one needs to learn to participate. Each session is open to all ages and levels and begins with 30 minutes of Sitting Practice then moves into 40 minutes of Personal Awareness Practice and finishes up with 40 minutes of Open Space.
In Sitting Practice we recall our intention to relax more deeply into what is arising and remember to release our grip as things pass away.
In Personal Awareness Practice we encourage kinesthetic delight and a growing curiosity for what is unfolding. We continue listening deeply to the movements of the breath and consciously trust our own not knowing what will arise as larger movements of the body begin to move us out into space at our own pace.
In Open Space we return to our cushions and enter individually, bringing with us all that has been stirred up thus far in our practice. We stand and bow to enter the space and invite ourselves to host this moment as a guest right here, right now. We come and go from our cushions as often as we like and practice sitting when we need to sit, standing when we need to stand and resting when we need to rest.
The practice concludes with a short closing circle with each person who wishes to speak expressing what they experienced and what they saw. This particular sequence was developed by teacher and meditator Barbara Dilley and is hosted each week by dance artist Jessica Marasa.
Dilley says about the practice, “there are two rules: take responsibility for yourself, and don’t cause harm. Sitting around the edge of the room, we become Well-Wishers and On-Lookers. We enjoy the presence of others and the room and the light. We witness without judgement or comparisons.”
CONTEMPORARY FORMS | WINTER dancing class series
Thursdays in FEBRUARY with Erin Kilmurray
10:30AM – 12PM
$8 cash or Venmo
GET YOUR ASS TO CLASS come to dance, play, sweat, try, fail, locomote, test your endurance, find your leg, fall off of your leg, slide around and fuck it up however you like. Come GET PHYSICAL with me in a space that is both a mindful individual practice and a catalyst for creating community.
The style structure of these classes stem from Modern / Contemporary forms – specifically highlighting effort, athleticism, musicality and sensation while checking in and checking out of your foundational techniques. The room is designed to be a low-pressure environment to practice and play for any and all experienced dancers.
The studio will always be open @ 15 minutes before class begins for you to stretch a leg, roll around, finish your coffee and talk to a friend.
Erin Kilmurray is a choreographer, producer and teaching artist living and working in Chicago. Her dance works intentionally shift between immersive and proscenium spaces- she creates work that resonates in concert dance spaces, lo-fi performance galleries, music venues, parties, and film. Consequently, Kilmurray’s choreography has been presented supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Links Hall, The Soho House, Metro Chicago, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, The Chicago Reader, Empty Bottle Presents, Thalia Hall and for varied theatrical productions. In performance, Erin has worked with Kate Corby & Dancers, Same Planet Different World, Rebecca Lemme | Acts of Matter, Jessie Young, Paige Cunningham-Caladrella. Apart from her independent work, Kilmurray serves as the resident choreographer for The Inconvenience and is the Founder/Director of The Fly Honey Show. Kilmurray received acclaimed reviews being named “Best Choreographer ” (Chicago Reader, 2014) and one of “Four Artists Heating Up This Fall” (Chicago Magazine). She is a grateful recipient of 2017 3arts ‘Make A Wave’ award, a Young Leader’s Fund award and is a Sponsored Artist this fall with High Concept Labs.