Alyssa Lynes is a dancer and teacher interested in how communication and creative expression play out in partner dance forms. Alyssa grew up in MA, dancing many performative dance styles (Jazz, musical theater, dance, Horton, Limon, Ballet). She received a BA in Contemporary dance and a MS in education in New York City where she worked as a freelance dancer and bilingual (Eng/Span) elementary school teacher. In 2010, her Contact Improvisation training with Nancy Stark Smith catapulted her off on a CI devoted trip to Europe where she has lived ever since. She has added Salsa and Tango to her partner dance repertoire. Alyssa explores the overlaps of movement forms through her choreography and performance work - most recently in “You Have To” (E-werk Kammertheater) and with the koreografenkollektiv (Freiburg, DE), in her co-directing film collaboration (“5 Ways In”: a documentary based in the Freiburg CI festival 2012), and in her CI teaching. She recently has taught at CI festivals such as Contact Meets Contemporary (DE), Earthdance New Years Jam (US), the Isreal CI festivals, Touch & Play (SP), and Bread & Jam (UK).