Contemporary dance: creative practices

Course Dates: 25/04/21 - 23/05/21
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore methods of devising movement in this short 5 week course. This course is suitable for people who have previous Contemporary dance exerience and are willing to experiment and try new things.
We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.
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Course Code: DDM129

Full Sun, day, 25 Apr - 23 May '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is both practical and theoretical with an emphasis on exploring and devising movement. The purpose of the course is to learn about, use and experiment with methodologies from both choreography and structured improvisation. We will consider the practices of choreographers and dance practitioners both current and past. Using these principles, we will begin to develop our own ways of working and to refine our thinking. Expect to work both individually and collaboratively and to move and discuss.

What will we cover?

Each week we will explore different ways of working and will include working with the following:
• Dance technique to warm up the body.
• Tools and devices for making/choreographing dance material.
• Guided improvisational scores and games
• Frames for talking about and discussing movement
• Supportive ways to develop and refine ideas.
• Discussion of some theory of choreographic & creative practices.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Have an increased understanding of contemporary dance theory, and the practice of different choreographers and dance practitioners.
• Develop your own personal way of moving as well as personal preferences for devising.
• Edit and refine movement based on an understanding of what dance/movement can communicate alongside what you would like to communicate.
• Talk about what you see with frames for discussing movement and to be able to give feedback/share ideas.
• Present your movement ideas with others.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You need to have had prior experience of Contemporary dance. This could be a course at City Lit or elsewhere. You need to be in good physical shape and willing to try new things.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions.
• Use numbers to recognise musical phrasing within dance and choreography
• Working as a group and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and solo work in a well-equipped, modern sprung floor studio. You will be given some reading and other source material to support the work in class. It is essential to be ready to start on time.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Comfortable clothing to dance in. Extra Layers of clothing for discussions and a note pad and pen. You may also be asked to bring in additional things once the course has begun e.g. a prop to work with. Please also bring a bottle of water.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Contemporary dance: general level or advanced or try one of our many other dance courses.

Orley Quick Tutor Website

Orley Quick is a contemporary dancer who enjoys working within the field broadly: teaching, performing and choreographing among other roles. Recently she has been making dance performance work collaboratively with other dance artists for theatres and unconventional performance spaces, and she is always excited to find new and challenging ways of working. As a late starter to formal training, this has definitely shaped her approach and urgency to teach dance. Orley loves to work with as many different types of people as possible, with a firm belief that everyone should be able to access dance classes, and that there are benefits for everyone to be dancing, even if you don’t want to be on stage! Orley thoroughly enjoys teaching at City Lit, and all the people she gets to move with here. She wants her students to have a great time, let go and connect to their bodies and those around them, whilst working safely, efficiently and consciously. Alongside her teaching work for City Lit, she trains dancers vocationally in FE colleges, runs workshops and co-founded and teaches for BOTH Dance Classes.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.