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Dance Summer School 2019 is taking place on 22 July - 2 August 2019.

The 2019 class descriptions will give you a sense of what to expect in the session.

Contemporary Level 1 & 2 (Release) - Hannah Cameron

Classes work towards building dance-specific strength, flexibility and co-ordination. In a supportive environment, participants will be encouraged to find a free and full-bodied approach to moving. The class will explore a range of technical principles such as connectivity, using breath to release tension, and finding efficiency whilst moving into and out of the floor. There will be a progression towards expansive travelling phrases focusing on movement quality, musicality and performance. Overall, these classes are inclusive and energetic with a focus on fun and the enjoyment of moving together. 

Contemporary Level 1 & 2 (Release) - Katie Cambridge

Katie delivers a fast, lively and engaging class influenced by release-based technique.  Her classes will explore a combination of falling, shifting, and creative improvisation. The classes focus on strength resistance coordination and musicality to encourage freedom of movement.  This class will leave you feeling like you have moved, made connections and had fun.

Contemporary Level 2 & 3 – Fred Gehrig

Fred’s classes start with an awareness of self, the body, in connection to space with its encompassing elements. Micro and macro aspects, such as inner fluids or muscular structures of our bodies will be acknowledged. Through aspects of alignment, dynamics and articulations movement patterns merge into more set exercises and lead into an individual dance enhanced by the dancers own explorative will, need and hunger. In the second part of the class movement sequences will be introduced and examined, which are based upon the principles of body structure and its spacial components established in the first part of the class, comprehending opposing skills, referencing aspects of Cunningham, Release and Improvisation. Towards midweek elevations will be included. The Jump as a continuation of the grounded body and the jump as an expression of physical freedom. A long phrase towards the end of class might be added onto during the course of the week. Classes mostly end with a breath orientated cool down leading into deep stretches.

Contemporary Level 2 & 3 – Ihsaan De Banya

Ihsaan’s class takes root in Cunningham technique, in the early stages of class focussing on articulation and mobility of the back, moving through centre work with a focus toward how the body performs movement as well as the efficiency and alignment of the body. This is followed by a short guided improvisation to connect the individual to sensation, imagination and joy for movement.

Contemporary Level 2-3 - Guest Teachers

The Guest Teachers Contemporary classes give participants the opportunity to experience a range of styles and techniques offered by an assortment of teachers across the fortnight. The course is taught by highly acclaimed dance teachers who are either members of the Trinity Laban Dance Faculty or professional dance companies. The classes will be challenging and dynamic, suitable for students with sound technique or for those that have completed or are completing professional training.

Teachers delivering are;

Ben McEwen, Emily Robinson, Marie Forbes and Luke Birch.

Contemporary (Flying Low) Level 2 & 3 – Leila McMillan

Together we will spiral in and out of the earth, pass through expansion and cohesion, run, slide, learn how to challenge gravity, how to fall, how to rise, and how to command your body. We will work with efficient pathways to move with speed without forgetting any part of our body. We will command our body with our voice. We will pass through the space with unlimited possibilities in curve transforming the environment of dance. We will be soft, wild and powerfully spontaneous.

The class will be a combination of principles from Flying Low originally created by David Zambrano and Leila’s further development.

Ballet Level 1 - Liora Goldwater

This class will have a strong emphasis on technique and alignment. We will work to build strength and fluidity of movement. Working on, repeating and building upon sequences; to build confidence in technique and therefore finding space to refine details. A fun class with great attention to detail.

Ballet (Contemporary Ballet) Level 2 & 3 - Kim Amundsen

The class is delivered in three parts, consisting of Boris Kniaseff Floor Barre technique, followed by Barre work and then a Contemporary Ballet Centre applying the Barre a Terre techniques and methods learnt explored at the start of class.  Classes will support in improving your turn out, increasing flexibility and strengthening the core.  

Useful tips; Wear socks and ballet shoes, which make sliding the feet on the floor easier. Tights or yoga type pants are also helpful to protect the skin and allow for easier sliding on the floor. 

Ballet Level 2 - TBC


Ballet Level 2 & 3 - Christine Tanner (week 1) and Liz Alpe (week 2)

Week 1:  For the past 25 years Christine has taught contemporary ballet for a variety of schools, courses and companies.  Her classes are enjoyable and productive with an encouraging environment. They encompass a balanced class structure with the aims of improving technique, vocabulary, musicality and artistry. They are based upon her classical origins at the Royal Ballet School but reflect her love of contemporary dance, incorporating imagery as a tool as well as ideas based upon Rudolf Laban’s principles of choreological practice connecting relatedness, effort, actions, dynamics, time and space to movement.

Week 2:  Liz delivers a dynamically diverse class, exploring musicality to stimulate musical responsiveness and develop a strong use of rhythm and dynamics.  The class embodies the fundamental principles of classical technique together with a growing awareness of emerging artistry.  Her approach explores the underlying qualities of the classical technique in an open and collaborative way.  Liz and Christine will be sharing the teaching weeks during summer school. 

Yoga Open Level - Shamita Ray

Shamita teaches a flowing, Vinyasa style of yoga that combines the precision and alignment of Iyengar, with the breath and dynamism of Ashtanga. She enjoys being creative in her classes and loves challenging participants to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, while maintaining a sense of humour and playfulness. Specialising in teaching both children and adults, she uses her background as a dancer to choreograph imaginative sequences that move seamlessly from one posture to another, in a dance-like flow of breath and movement.

Pilates Open Level – Luisa d’Ambrosio

This mat work class is suitable for all levels of ability. Pilates is a bodywork practice taught through a unique system of exercises designed to increase physical fitness and strength through neuro-muscular awareness and the slow and gentle repetition of movements. It contains stretching and strengthening exercises that tone muscles. The technique improves posture, providing flexibility and balance. Its foundation is in the mind-body connection. It is a gentle but effective form of exercise offering a holistic approach to body conditioning.

Hip Hop - Foundations Open Level - Kloe Dean

This will be an upbeat, fun yet informative session journeying through Hip Hop foundations, developing variations, textures and performance technique which can be utilised both in freestyle and choreography.

Hip Hop - Choreography Open Level - Kloe Dean

This will be a chance to put Hip Hop foundations and variations to the test. You will be learning and performing Hip Hop choreography utilising Hip Hop foundations and vocabulary. Kloe will be focusing on the execution, dynamic journey and performance technique of the choreography as well as the performance of the hip hop movement techniques utilised.  A session filled with good vibes, good music and good training.

We are delighted to announce Kloe will also be performing during Summer School in the Laban Theatre.  Summer School participants get a free ticket to the show! 

Dance Science – An Introduction Open Level – Various Teachers

As part of TL’s 2019 Summer School you will have the opportunity to attend a Dance Science course. The exciting and growing field of Dance Science explores areas such as mental and physical preparation, injury prevention and performance enhancement, all of which will be covered across the two-week course. In these open level sessions you will cover topics such as effective warm-ups and cool-downs, flexibility and psychological skills training.  You will also have the opportunity to test the components of fitness required for dance using specialist equipment in the Dance Science Lab. There will be different types of activities including lectures, practical workshop sessions and mini-tasks, all to help you engage with the physiological and psychological aspects of Dance Science.

Hofesh Shechter Company class Open Level

A dancer from Hofesh Shechter Company will lead a company class grounded in improvisation and drawing on a range of tasks inspired by Hofesh’s distinctive movement style.

Hofesh Shechter Company repertoire and creative Open Level

A dancer from Hofesh Shechter Company will lead a daily repertoire session drawing on past and current works.  Dancers will share the imagery and starting points behind the extracts works

Gaga People Open Level – Natalia Iwaniec

Gaga/people classes are open to people aged 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Gaga/people classes last for 1.25hrs and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

Gaga Dancers Level 2/3 - Natalia Iwaniec

Gaga/dancers classes are open to more advanced dancers.  classes last for 1.25hrs and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin in Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures 

Musical Theatre – Shannon Hudson

Full session description to follow.

Tanztheatre Open Level – Adrian Look

Adrian teaches a contemporary dance theatre class, inspired by the aesthetic of Pina Bausch and the beautiful strength and artistic expression of Tanztheater. The exercises and sequences in this class are very precise in dynamic, shape and intention. The main goal, however, is to use the technique in order to express an emotional state. The class aims to let go of any unnecessary extras and consequently strives to use conscious and meaningful movements. This class is expressive, strong and artistic and will allow you to visualize your emotional state, let yourself go and experience your art on a deep level best described as “losing yourself in dance”.

Urban African Contemporary Open Level - Uchenna Dance

The company will lead sessions that introduce the fundamental elements of the Uchenna movement style with a focus on African and House Dance. Classes will also explore Waacking, Vogue and Contemporary Dance; enabling you to experience the full Uchenna movement vocabulary. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn repertoire from the company’s touring show The Head Wrap Diaries.

Contact Improvisation Level 1 & Open Level - Kathy Crick

Kathy’s class aims to encourage people to attune their senses and deepen embodied awareness. The principles and skills of giving and supporting weight are communicated through both taught material and guided exploration. She promotes enjoyment and ease of effort in movement and supports the generation of different energetic states for dancing both in and out of contact

Choreological Studies Open Level - Olga Masleinnikova & Sylvie Robaldo

These classes are an exceptional opportunity to explore Rudolf Laban's principles and practice for performing arts and are suitable to all interested in movement, choreography, acting, performance, and directing or teaching. Students will be introduced to the Structural Model of Human Movement containing practical tools for investigating dynamics, body, space, actions and relatedness.

Each day participants will have the opportunity to explore these in solo or group material and gain new perspectives on creating, improvising, performing, developing, observing and directing performance.

Week 1 will be led by Olga and Week 2 will follow on led by Sylvie.

Feldenkrais Open Level - TBC

The Feldenkrais Method is a unique approach to movement and learning. Through gentle and innovative movement explorations, we tap the innate intelligence of the human nervous system to create higher levels of function. We learn to move with greater ease, power and efficiency and awaken our abilities to sense, think and feel. Feldenkrais works by enabling us to recognise our individual ways of doing things and discover new possibilities that serve us better.

For dancers, Feldenkrais classes are a powerful tool to help you expand and refine your skills. By improving your sensory skills, you will develop greater dexterity and find new ways to refine your technique. Enhancing your ability to perceive subtle differences aids making fine distinctions. Discovering unlimited movement possibilities feeds creativity. Through Feldenkrais, athletes and dancers find that learning to move with less effort and more efficiency increases stamina and minimises stress on muscles and joints. This can help you avoid, or recover from, injury.