The Global Underscore (GUS) is organized for people who are interested in the Underscore and Contact Improvisation, and who want to connect globally through dancing this practice together. If you are new to the Underscore, please read the About page and the GUS 2021 Mission & Events.

Register/Update a GUS Site
Find a GUS Site
“Catch-All” Registration

Because of COVID-19, there will be more concerns and options. Please plan ahead so the logistics do not take away from the actual dancing.

Outdoors, indoors, or only Zoom?
What safety protocols will you be following?
Will you host a Zoom?
Talk-Through/no Talk-Through?
Will your site join the “Catch-All” Zoom?

For GUS Sites hosting a Zoom, you will have to buy a Pro version ($14.95 USD) of Zoom for a month. The Pro version allows you to do Zoom for more than 40 minutes.

We will have a final Facilitator Packet ready and email it to you a few days before the GUS practice.

“Catch-All” Zoom
Zoom GUS site — for individuals and group GUS sites to join
Hosted by Colleen Bartley & Nancy Hughes  (Zoom donated by London Contact Improvisation)

This is an online GUS site for people who want to connect visually from all over the world. We want to reach out to individuals who do not have someone organizing a GUS practice in your region as well as to those who are still isolating themselves from others due to COVID-19.
Group GUS sites/Facilitators are encouraged to join. Please register for the Catch-All Zoom after registering your GUS site.
Register for “Catch-All” Zoom

Options for Participation:
One can choose 3 main options for participation in GUS from full involvement to lesser involvement—each of these 3 options has a non-synchronous version.

Please read the descriptions below to determine which of the Options for Participation best suits your community or you. Make sure you indicate which option you are doing when you register your site.

1. Full Score Practice (FSP)

  • A group (or solo person) interested in the ideas, principles, and awarenesses of the Underscore and Contact Improvisation.
  • Participating for full 4 hours.
  • Dancing at the designated 4-hour time.
  • Everyone has had at least one 45-minute talk-through (60+ minute is preferable), and it is done before the GUS Practice.
  • FSP participate in the FACINGS.

1. a. Non-Synchronous Full Score Practice

  • FSP above, but not during the designated 4-hour time.
  • Non-Synchronous FSP can only participate in the FACINGS, if one of the FACINGS times happen during your GUS practice time.

2. Modified Score-Jam (MSJ)

  • MSJ have more of a jam format but is influenced by the Underscore.
  • For example, MSJ does one of the two Small Dances/Stands during the designated time and might do a Final Resolution, take some time for personal reflection, and have a circle of sharing at the end.
  • MSJ can be 2–4 hours.
  • Maybe not everyone has had a talk-through.
  • A simplified talk-through might happen during Assembly.
  • MSJ can participate in the FACINGS, if one or both of the FACINGS times happen during your GUS practice time.

2. a. Non-Synchronous Modified Score-Jam

  • MSJ above, but it is not happening during either of the designated times of the Small Dances/Stands or the event is less than 2 hours.
  • Non-Synchronous MSJs can participate in the FACINGS, if one of the FACINGS times happen during your GUS practice time.

3. Satellite

  • One person who is joining the Underscore practice for a short time during the 4 designated hours.
  • You might join the Small Dances, and in some way “tune-in” to sense the dancing and give your support.
  • Satellites do not participate in the FACINGS.

3. a. Non-Synchronous Satellite

  • One person who is joining the Underscore practice for a short time, not during the 4 designated hours.
  • You might “tune-in” to the Global Underscore in some way, do a Small Dance, and give your support.
  • Non-Synchronous Satellites do not participate formally in the FACINGS, but you can face in whatever direction you like.

NOTE: If you are participating in a non-synchronous site, make sure your practice begins within 24 hours of the beginning time of the official Global Underscore practice.