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Dance Summer School  2024 will take place Monday 29 July – Friday 9 August at the Laban Building.

Our exceptional range of classes is delivered by innovative companies and artists and are subject to change.

 

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Boy Blue

Founded in London in 2001, Boy Blue is the award-winning brainchild of composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante MBE and choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE. Weaving stage and screen work around the elevation of hip-hop culture, Boy Blue have created works including Pied Piper (2007), The Five & The Prophecy of Prana (2013), Blak Whyte Gray (2017), Outliers (2018), REDD (2019), and Free Your Mind (2023) with Aviva Studios. Film work includes R.E.B.E.L, and Emancipation of Expressionism, a set work of the GCSE Dance syllabus. Boy Blue run a highly respected dance training programme in East London and teach, train and mentor throughout the UK and internationally.

Boy Blue classes will be led by company artists.

Photo credit: Nicole Guarino, Show: Project Rebel Film 2018.

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New Adventures

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking dance-theatre company. Since 1987, it has been known for creating works that have altered the public perception of what is possible when it comes to telling stories without words. The company is led by celebrated choreographer and director, Sir Matthew Bourne. New Adventures has become the most successful and busiest dance company in the UK and is a major exporter of British dance across the world.

New Adventures classes will be led by company artists Ashley Shaw and Dominic North.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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Hannah Cameron

Hannah is an independent dance artist and teacher with an MA in Dance Performance (Trinity Laban). She has performed with Nina Kov, Masha Gurina, Nutshell Dance Company, SKADooSH Dance, Daisy Farris Dance Collective and for the 2012 London Olympics. Since 2013, she’s been a member of Trinity Laban’s Dance Faculty, teaching release-based contemporary technique. From 2018-21, she served as the contemporary dance tutor at English National Ballet School, teaching technique, choreographing student work for the annual showcase and rehearsal directing works by visiting artists such as Jose Agudo. She has taught on the BA programme at Bird College (2016-18) and as a freelance dance artist for English National Ballet, City Academy, Springs Dance Company, and University of Portsmouth amongst others.

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Kasper Cornish

Kasper Cornish’s performing work ranged from Ballet Dancer to Wrestler for the BAFTA winning Channel 4 series Faking It, to creating the title role in The Snowman (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West End & BBC film of the stage show). Other credits include The Phantom of The Opera feature film and national tour, playing the Prince of Transylvania in the National Theatre production of My Fair Lady at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and as a freelance principal artist danced ballet pas de deux as far afield as Japan.

Choreographic work includes: The Classical Brits, Comedy Shuffle (BBC3), Canvas Bag for Tim Minchin, Shakespeare’s Happy Endings (BBC4), The Terence Higgins Trust, Nickelodeon TV, Betty Blue Eyes, My Fair Lady, Degas – A Passion for Perfection (Exhibition on Screen).

Kasper has taught classical ballet and pas de deux since 1997 for performing arts colleges, conservatoires, international summer schools, dance companies and open classes.

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Rhiane Drummond

Rhiane completed her degree in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre at Bird College, Kent. She has worked on Hairspray, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, 9 to 5 & Heathers, to name a few and boasts a wealth of  knowledge and experience in the industry of over 10 years. Rhiane is currently playing “Shenzi” in Disney’s London West End production of The Lion King.

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Adrian Look

Adrian Look is a dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of Tanztheater Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL has 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 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 The Place (evening programme), and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, University of East Anglia, Trinity Laban, and Rambert School.

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Nandita Shankardass

Nandita Shankardass is a performing artist, choreographer, educator, facilitator, speaker, and the founder of Welcome Movement®. She is an artist in residence at Rambert Dance and an associate artist and Ballet Futures facilitator with English National Ballet.

Trained at The Royal Ballet School, Nandita has performed with Zürcher Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and Compañia Nacional de Danza. She has choreographed for the Zürcher Junior Ballet, Ballet Black, Compañia Nacional de Danza, tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, CAT graduates at The Place, and for a number of dance films. She has collaborated with Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House, Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, Joss Arnott Dance, Vidya Patel, Joseph Toonga, Fabula Collective, Beeja Dance, and Hubert Essakow. She has led classes in the UK, Europe and Asia, including at Rambert Dance, Ballet Black, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet Youth Co, Trinity Laban, The Place, London Ballet Classes, House of Mass and ICMD India.

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