Every 6 weeks, we welcome a different dance artist into the studio to give classes.

Suitable for dance professionals and students, these fast-paced energetic classes (Level 3) will expose you to a variety of dance styles and different approaches to movement.

Join us on Wednesdays, from 19.00h to 20.30h. Drop-in places are available.

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Sonia Rafferty

Wed 18 Apr – 16 May 2018

Sonia is a freelance teacher, performer, choreographer, director, and mentor as well as Senior Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has performed extensively in a range of work, from La Bouche (electric voice dance) to V-ToL (physical theatre) and more recently with Lizzi Kew-Ross and Athina Vahla in site-specific events. Sonia is a regular and established professional/company/master class leader and, as an MSc Dance Science graduate, uses her physiological and psychological knowledge to underpin her work. An active researcher in dance science and safe practice, she is co-founder of Safe in Dance International and co-author of “Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective” published 2015.

Sonia has developed her personal philosophy and approach to teaching over the last thirty years. Heavily influenced by the Limón technique principles of suspension, release, opposition, fall and recovery, Sonia’s class also concentrates on the concept of flow. It progresses through introductory material that promotes clarity of execution and full body articulation, layered with attention to phrasing and musicality, then builds towards dynamic and expressive sequences that are designed to challenge.

Cost: £60 (£40) Drop in: £12 (£7)

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Luke Birch

Wed 30 May – 4 Jul 2018

Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined EDge Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School The Place. Luke has performed for H2 Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (rehearsal director), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy. He has also worked on visual art projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition at The Hayward Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught for Greenwich Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Trinity Laban, Stavangar University (Norway) and Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance.  Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre

Luke teaches a dynamic released-based class, informed by improvisation and somatic practices. The class will explore fundamental body patterns focused around energising the core of the body, and connecting to the ground with our weight. Usually beginning with improvisation or experiential anatomy, we will then explore set exercises and sequences to develop our bodily organisation and connectivity. As well as technical challenges, a sense of dynamic versatility, a playful questioning, and finding both clarity and spontaneity are encouraged.

Cost: £60 (£40) or Drop in £12 (£7)

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