Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Montreal) is an internationally recognized pioneer and master teacher of contact improvisation and real-time composition. He began his dance career in 1975 and for over forty-five years has dedicated himself to the research, education, development, performance and dissemination of contact improvisation and compositional improvisation as sophisticated movement disciplines and performing art forms.He studied and performed with, among many others, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, (the founders of contact improvisation) and has danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, as well as the dance collectives Discovery Bal, The Echo Case and the Improvisational Movement Fund.Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions (2000-2014) his work has evolved through ongoing collaborations with many renowned artists (Peter Bingham, Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, Benoît Lachambre, Kirstie Simson, Julyen Hamilton, Lin Snelling, Marc Boivin, Benno Voorham, Lisa Nelson, Jori Snell, etc.)and through various investigations of perceptual awareness, performance, composition, spatial design and installation. Passionate about teaching, he transforms his training in gymnastics, the Alexander Technique, Aikido, release technique, contemporary dance, yoga and various somatic movement practices into a personal language, which he has shared throughout the world since 1976. He has been a guest teacher with the world-renowned companies of Marie Chouinard, O’ Vertigo Danse, Dance Makers, Nyata Nyata, Le Cirque du Soleil and Les Sept Doigts de la Main and has taught at l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, Concordia University, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, The National Theater School and Impuls Tanz Festival to name a very few places. He was awarded the Canada Council's Jacqueline Lemieux Award in 2000.