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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Allyene Dance: Dynamics Rhythm Texture

Wed 20 Sept – 25 Oct 2017

This physical contemporary class involves strong, complex and technical sequences in and out of the floor, focusing on performance, stamina and commitment throughout the session. Improvisation will also be explored as part of participants’ self-development. The significant factors for the workshop are to develop the participants' creative mind, drive from passion, determination, strength, and musicality and most importantly an intention and honesty in the choices made throughout the session.

The teachers are Kristina and Sadé Alleyne of Alleyne Dance, an internationally touring, innovative and multidiscipline dance company based in London. Their workshops have been inspired and developed from working with Akram Khan (fusion of Kathak and Contemporary Dance), Retina Dance Company (Release and Contact Work), Gregory Maqoma (Afro-Fusion Dance) and Henri Oguike (Classical Contemporary Dance based on Forsythe and Cunningham techniques). Originally trained as professional athletes, Alleyne Dance has developed a dynamic, fast and physical dance style and technique. Teaching as a duo, Alleyne Dance draws from their two different journeys and experiences as dance artists, sharing this knowledge, advice and inspiration during the sessions.

Lewis Wilkins

Wed 1 Nov – 6 Dec 2017

Explore moving in and out of the floor, and moving in and out of contact with one another. Through solo dancing, we will address movement efficiency and organisation of body structure and weight, in order to find greater freedom of movement and increase dynamic potential when transitioning between the ground and standing. There will be some strength and skill-based inversion training, which will open up possibilities for more acrobatic movement ideas, and serve as useful tools for proprioception and safety during the more advanced contact work. The contact element will explore exercises that draw attention to listening through contact and weight exchange. Here we have the aim of working towards a state in which we are able to easily understand intention, direction and energy, and therefore become able to facilitate harmonious flight and landing.

The teacher, Lewis Wilkins, trained at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 2009, he has danced with companies and choreographers including: Scottish Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Richard Alston, Tom Dale, Jean Abreu, John Ross, James Wilton, Riccardo Buscarini, and TrashDollys Dance Theatre. He recently performed at the National Theatre in Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot. Lewis leads professional classes and workshops throughout the UK, and teaches as a guest lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, WAC Arts, Middlesex University, and London Studio Centre.

Cost: £60 (£40) or Drop in £12 (£7)

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Natalia Iwaniec: Gaga/people

Wed 10 Jan – 14 Feb 2018

Taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin, Gaga/people classes last for 75 minutes. 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.

The teacher is Natalia Iwaniec. She was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. Natalia finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. As a dancer, she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of gaga in August 2012. Since then, she has travelled all over Europe and Israel to teach gaga. She is also choreographing and recently created the piece The Link for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective, which is based in London. She premiered her solo work Birdland in July 2017 during International Dance Week Budapest.

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

Please find further guidelines to the class here

Due to popularity, early booking is advised. A limited number of drop in places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Latecomers will not be permitted due to the nature of the class.

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Lyndsey McConville

Wed 21 Feb – 28 Mar 2018

Lyndsey trained at Trinity Laban and has worked with Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, formerly known as Bedlam Dance Company, as a performer and a regular teacher since 2001. She is currently the company's rehearsal director. Lyndsey was a founder member of Kerry Nicholls Dance Company and has also performed with Shane Shambhu, Nunu Silva, Siren Crossing and Transitions. She participated in the Jerwood Bank 2008 project with Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

Lyndsey has extensive teaching experience, teaching regularly for Trinity Laban, both in London and overseas, London Studio Centre, GDA, Independent Dance and The Place. Company class teaching includes New Adventures, Scottish Dance Theatre, Billy Elliott, Diversions and Shobana Jesingh Dance Company. Lyndsey has also choreographed numerous pieces for Lewisham College and London Studio Centre, and also on behalf of Yael Flexer's company. Most recently, Lyndsey worked as an associate choreographer with Joli Vyann, a circus dance fusion company.

Lyndsey’s class focuses on an energised and dynamic use of the body, together with strong articulation and clarity when moving.  Over the six classes you will build up sequences, which develop week by week and challenge our skill of transposing material from one side to the other.

Cost: £60 (£40) or Drop in £12 (£7)

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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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