For professional dancers, dance teachers & those who want to work at a professional pace. 10 weeks of classes by 10 incredible artists.
Shelley Owen – May 5th
This class will explore instant composition in a live performance context. Engage in the ultimate act of consciousness & through tasks you will look at what it is to inhabit space, make compositional choices & work collectively.
A performance artist, creating & touring dance & interdisciplinary work internationally. With a strong background in instant composition, she is currently embarking on investigation into ‘agreement’ within live performance.
Eithne Kane – May 12th
Drawing on contemporary techniques, yoga & offering some acrobatic elements. It will begin with simple exercises, building heat & energy through a series of sequences, improvisations & travelling pathways.
Eithne has worked with Tilted Productions, Joli Vyann, Opera North, Jorge Cresis & Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre. Her gymnastic experience has brought her into the world of contemporary circus, mixed with freelance performance work.
Taylor Benjamin – May 19th
Designed to improve technique, encompass & stretch the whole body, with moments of freedom & improvisation throughout. The class will end with a dynamic, high energised, space consuming contemporary fusion sequence.
Taylor has worked at the Edinburgh Festival & toured with 2Faced Dance Co. & DV8 Physical Theatre. He then joined Balletboyz, with whom he toured internationally with, before joining Company Chameleon.
Julia Griffin – May 26th
Emphasizing the joy of dancing & pleasure in movement. The work comes from an anatomical perspective & looks at the articulation of the skeletal frame in order to generate momentum from bone weight, rather than through muscular tension.
A freelance dance artist with extensive knowledge & experience in teaching, performing & choreographing contemporary dance. Julia is Artistic Director of CCDM, Move Dance Company & VOIDANCE Co.
Helen Andrew – June 2nd
Helen delivers a progressively energetic class that explores dynamic range, shifting of weight, moving in & out of the floor. Whilst developing quirky phrases that stay playful, curious & allow us to stay connected to each other.
Helen graduated from NSCD & then became an apprentice with Motionhouse DT. Since working professionally she’s developed her skills working on Witness with Company Chameleon & previously spent 3 months teaching in Beijing, with UKCI.
Giorgio de Carolis – June 9th
Giorgio teaches a physical class with a focus on musicality, strength, co-ordination & use of weight. Functional movement & an integration within the different body parts while dancing will be explored throughout the session.
An international dance artist with experience in theatre & outdoor performance. He danced internationally for Henri Oguike Dance Co, Motionhouse, Joli Vyann & Vis Ballet. Giorgio is a Franklin Method educator & regularly teaches at UCLan.
Ina Colizza – June 16th
Ina teaches a physically choreographed & momentous class focusing on the strength & softness of the dancers’ body. A class where everybody can be free to express their own unique way to move.
After achieving a post graduate in teaching contemporary dance at Italy’s National Academy of Dance, Ina has danced with numerous companies. Since moving to Manchester she has co-founded Matrafisc Dance Company.
Emily O’Shea – June 23rd
Including aspects of improvisation & choreographed phrases, the class will begin softly with focus on breathing, moving to a fast paced & energetic phrase – with a strong emphasis on moving fluidly around the space, in & out of the floor.
Emily has worked all over the world as a performer, choreographer & teacher. She recently spent 6 months in Peru teaching & choreographing contemporary dance after spending 2 years in London working with various small companies.
Bridget Fiske – June 30th
Creating time for awareness to anatomy in motion, to open ranges of movement in the body & of the body, creating an opportunity for the participant to be in dialogue with the internal & external landscape of experience & imagination.
An independent performer, choreographer, movement & rehearsal director & facilitator. Her portfolio includes: international touring works with Belarus Free Theatre & the BeSpectACTive! EU commission ‘YES Move. NO Move. (Moved?)’
Joseph Lau – July 7th
Involving technical sequences & learning movement vocabulary that will be combined into a challenging phrase, exploring ideas of expansion & contraction as well as offering new movement pathways.
A dance artist originally from Australia whose portfolio includes performance, choreography, community facilitation & lecturing engagements. Joseph’s body of solo works includes ‘Staff ID: 5201’ & ‘The Age of Ledger’.