Class Descriptions

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We offer classes in the below styles:

Contemporary Dance

Beginners - Daisy Farris - Saturday 9.00 - 10.30h

This course is a great introduction for those who have never danced before, with a focus on developing an understanding of contemporary dance technique. This class will cover all the basics from alignment and coordination to musicality.If you’ve always fancied giving it a go, but have been worried about feeling out of your depth, this is the class for you!

 

Level 1 - Katie Cambridge - Wednesday 18.45 - 20.15h

For those with some previous Contemporary Dance experience. Our lively and engaging improvers class is influenced by release-based technique using a combination of falling, shifting, and creative improvisation. The classes focus on strength resistance coordination and musicality to encourage freedom of movement, and most importantly a sense of fun and enjoyment! Classes are accompanied by live music.

 

Level 2 – Hannah Cameron – Tuesday 18.45 – 20.15h 

This class is more technically demanding than our other Contemporary classes. It is ideal for those with previous dance experience who are looking to improve their technique and performance of movement material. These dynamic release-based classes draw upon the Limon principles of weight, fall, and recovery. There is a strong focus towards developing strength, fluidity, and efficiency, while moving in and out of the floor. Classes are accompanied by live music.

Drop-in places are available.

 

General Level - Natalie Gibbs / Daisy Farris - Saturday 10.40 - 12.10h 

This is a mixed level release-based class for those with previous Contemporary Dance experience. The classes focus on alignment, co-ordination use of weight, and musicality, to encourage freedom of movement. 

 

Classical Ballet

Beginners - Vicki Busfield - Thursday 18.45 - 20.15h 

A great place to start if you are an absolute beginner or if you have limited dance experience. This course will introduce and guide you through the basics of Classical Ballet technique with an emphasis on enjoyment. Classes are accompanied by live music (subject to musician availability).

 

Level 1 - Liora Goldwater - Tuesday 18.45 - 20.15h  

If you have a basic knowledge of Classical Ballet, this course will build confidence, improve technique, and increase your dance vocabulary. Please note these classes are not for complete beginners. Classes are accompanied by live music.                  

 

Level 2 - Liora Goldwater - Thursday 18.45 - 20.15h 

A more technically demanding class if you have a sound knowledge of ballet, covering a more dynamic range of movement and more complex phrasing. These courses are designed to expand your knowledge, performance skills, and dynamics of movement phrasing. Classes are accompanied by live music.

Drop-in places available are available.

 

Jazz Dance

General Level - Dollie Henry - Wednesday 18.45 - 20.15h 

Prepare to break a sweat with this fun and energetic commercial style Jazz dance class. You’ll cover a range of styles, including Broadway, commercial and freestyle, all taught by an industry professional(s). This class is suitable for those with previous dance experience.

Drop-in places are available.

 

Street Dance

Level 1 - Icy Ice 54 -  Thursday 18.45 - 20.15h 

Introducing a brand new teacher from September 2016 –  Icy Ice 54

Classes will broadly encompass a variety of Street Dance techniques. You will develop new skills and fitness week by week, through set exercises and short choreographed sequences. This level 1 class caters for beginners and is aimed at giving participants a high-energy and fun experience of street dance styles in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Pilates-based Body Conditioning

General Level - Luisa D'Ambrosio - Saturday 09.00 - 10.30h 

The Pilates method is a system of exercises designed to promote body alignment strength and flexibility. The work is focused around the abdominal muscles and the use of breath to support spinal alignment and promote muscular efficiency. The pace of the class is gentle and focuses the body and the mind on simple actions to increase control. This will allow time for the body to change habitual patterns in order to promote more efficient movement and increase suppleness. Equipment will be provided designed to support and challenge the work.

This matwork course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience. If you have any specific injury, aches, or pain, please speak to the tutor in order to modify and adapt the exercise safely (although chronic condition cannot be dealt with in a general level group class).

 

Yoga

General Level - Shamita Ray

Wednesday 18.45 - 20.15h  
Saturday 09.00 - 10.30h 

Our Yoga classes combine both dynamic sequences and restorative exercises. The emphasis is on breath, awareness, and safe-practice. A non-competitive atmosphere is encouraged so that you can practise at your own level and ability. The class begins with a series of simple exercises to prepare the whole self for the practice. A series of sun-salutations will encourage you to experience the more dynamic aspect of Yoga followed by standing and sitting asana (postures) to emphasise alignment and balance, while working on the relation between strength and stretch. The class ends with relaxation and a short sitting meditation.

Drop-in places are available on Wednesday evenings.

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