René Alvarez (Oakland, CA) once a recreational slam dancer, rediscovered love for dance upon moving to San Francisco in 1999. René trained and performed as a fire dancer while living with the Infinite Kaos collective in their warehouse event space. René began to study Contact Improvisation (CI) in 2000 at the 848 community space, and would eventually transition to focus on CI as a primary movement form. René is a teacher and organizer for the West Coast Contact Improvisation JAM, and has presented at the Sierra Contact Festival, participated in CI Ground Research at Earthdance, and co-hosted both the Moab Jam and the 4th of July Jam at Earthdance. René has 17 consecutive years of participation in the Burning Man Project, and teaches classes and stewards the Center Camp Jam with Camp Contact. René is the founder of InterKinected LLC whose mission is to investigate and promote Contact Improvisation through organizations and sponsorship of classes, jams, festivals, intensives, laboratories, films, and showings. René regularly teaches the Tuesday pre-jam class at CounterPulse (San Francisco), and the pre-Ecstatic Dance class (Oakland). René organizes and often teaches both the Thursday and Saturday pre-jam classes in Berkeley.