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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Gaga People - Natalia Iwaniec

After our sell out workshops last autumn, we are delighted to welcome back Natalia Iwaniec and Gaga People. 

Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. She 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 travels all over Europe and Israel to teach Gaga. She is also choreographing and recently created a 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 that is based in London. Natalia just premiered her solo work Birdland in July 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.

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.
Image credit: Gadi Dagon

Cost: £62 (£46) or Drop in £12 (£8)

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Tanztheatre - Adrian Look

Adrian Look is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of T a n z t h e a t er Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL performed at Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and The Place.  Adrian studied Dance Theatre (Tanztheater) at the Fokwang University in Germany, whose alumni include Pina Bausch, Reinhild Hoffmann and Susanne Linke. After graduation, he was a soloist in the dance theatre company Tanztheater Bielefeld for three years, followed by two years of freelance projects in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Adrian has worked with several dancers from the Pina Bausch-Tanztheater Wuppertal - Company including Dominique Mercy, Malou Airaudo, Rainer Behr and Stephan Brinkman, and danced in works by Gregor Zöllig, Urs Dietrich, Guilherme Bothelho (Alias Company), Simone Sandroni (Deja donné), Giovanni Netzer (Origen Festival) and Rainer Behr (Pina Bausch). Adrian has taught workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation for over ten years and has led classes for various professional companies, including Alvin Ailey II, Tanztheater Bielefeld and the Origen Festival in Switzerland. In April 2014, Adrian moved to London and has since taught regular classes and workshops at The Place, Trinity Laban, Chisenhale Dance, Siobhan Davies and Greenwich Dance. Adrian is a lecturer at Morley College and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

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”.

Cost: £62 (£46) Drop in: £12 (£8)

 

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Sonia Rafferty

Wed 12 June – 3 July 2019

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: £40 (£30) Drop in: £12 (£8)

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