My husband and I did something entirely and totally new this weekend – we took an Improv class! As some of my tweeple mentioned, taking an improve ‘class‘ is sort of an oxymoron but as we learned, being spontaneously funny takes work! Improv is the art of acting, singing, talking or reacting in the moment in response to some stimuli in the environment around you. You may have seen it in practice on the show ‘Whose Line is it Anyways?‘
Our teachers (the fabulous Oona and Morgan from Upfront) do improv classes for corporate and team training. After a simple one hour intro class, I can see why. We all came away from the class with a definite bond (after that much laughter, it’s hard not to!) and an appreciation of how to act and react ‘in the present.’ We also worked on the ability to access creativity in the moment, think clearly under pressure and the art of proactive listening.