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Dance lecturer pens new book

Wed 15 April 2020

Melanie Clarke’s The Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Technique is a new practical resource aimed at 14 to 24-year-olds who are starting to see Contemporary Dance as a career route and planning on entering Higher Education level training.

Offering a unique insight into the expectations and processes of classes and the underlying principals behind technical skills, the guide seeks to demystify professional dance training and highlight how students can make the most of their experience.

We caught up with Melanie to find out more:

In the book, Melanie looks at three major technical forms: Graham technique, Cunningham technique and Release-Based technique. The text is accompanied by full colour images captured during real-life classes and dynamic performances at Trinity Laban. 

The guide also features personal contributions from respected teachers at top dance institutions, including several Trinity Laban staff.

Melanie completed both her undergraduate and masters dance degrees in at Trinity Laban before joining the Faculty of Dance as a teacher in 1998. She is now the Programme Leader for the Diploma in Dance Studies and Independent Study Programmes and a specialist in Labanotation and Choreology. 

The Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques is available now to purchase from the Crowood website.

To find out more about studying at Trinity Laban, visit our dance pages.