Iiris Raipala is dance artist, performer and teacher living in Helsinki. She graduated in 2004 as Master of Arts in dance from the Theatre Academy of Finland. She also has Master in Art Pedagogy. She been working closely with improvisation and contact improvisation in several performing groups and has performed in the choreographies of many internationally acknowledged choreographers like Tomi Paasonen, Tuomo Railo, Mirva Mäkinen, Lisa Nelson and Nancy Stark Smith. She has worked closely with many visual artists like Outi Heiskanen, Marjatta Hanhijoki, Tomas Regan, Jani Ruscica and Olli Keränen. These co-operations have resulted in many dance videos, art installations with movement and performances. She is part of many artistic and artistic-scientific collectives working in the field of improvisation and ritual art. She has been practicing, teaching and performing CI for over 20 years, and she is one of the founders of Goa contact Festival and Skiing on Skin Festival.