René Alvarez (Oakland, CA) once a recreational slam dancer, rediscovered love for dance upon moving to San Francisco in 1999. René 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 (San Francisco), 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, presented at the Sierra Contact Festival, and co-hosted both the Moab Jam and 4th of July Jam at Earthdance. René has 18 consecutive years of participation in the Burning Man Project, recently, stewarding the daily Center Camp Jam and teaching classes at Sacred Spaces and Camp Contact. René is the founder of InterKinected LLC, whose mission is to investigate and promote Contact Improvisation through organization 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 curates and often teaches both the Thursday and Saturday pre-jam classes in Berkeley and is currently teaching the Saturday Class at ODC, San Francisco. René was selected to be a research catalyst for the Contact Improv Ground Research Residency at Earthdance (MA) in 2016.