Contemporary dance: beginners

Course Dates: 24/04/21 - 29/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.

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 visit to the studio.


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What is the course about?

Connect to your physical body in this fun class that will teach you how to move in the lyrical flow and syncopated steps of a collective dialogue of dance influences. Learn how to undulate your spine, rotate your hips, energise your body, move your pelvis and engage your soul in a rhythmic resonance of movement and dance.

The course is underpinned by Somatics practice, which is a field within bodywork and movement practice which places focus on deepening one’s awareness of the body and the processes going on within through engaging with internal physical perception and experience.

What will we cover?

You will learn how to develop your ability to express yourself from your physicality. The course will give you a basic physical understanding of Contemporary dance, focusing on: alignment, placement, posture, expression, spatial awareness, musicality, dynamic movement qualities, sensitivity in relationship to rhythm and beat, phrasing and stylistic features. Students will learn how to express their physicality in a dynamic fashion learning fundamentals such as turns, kicks, undulation, co-ordination, isolation, balance, flexibility using body conditioning and strengthening exercises. The course will allow you to lose your inhibitions, and gain confidence while moving, breathing and being.

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

• Gain a basic understanding of the Contemporary dance technique
• Develop and improve your general physical expression in dance
• Use and work with music in a more constructive and embodied manner to fully engage mind and body so as to enrich your physical experience and expression
• Deepen your awareness of the association between rhythm and movement
• Perform and execute dynamic dance sequence and steps
• Develop your co-ordination skills, flexibility, strength and stamina as well as develop your use of weight, breath and core to achieve greater dynamics qualities in your dance.

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

The class is sutiable for beginners. The skills needed are co-ordination and basic fitness, equally these skills will develop further throughout the course.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

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

You will be taught within a guided learning, group environment, through a variety of studio based activities, demonstrations, explorations and various reflective processes. Students will receive feedback on a regular basis of their progress during the course through sharing’s, and reflective processes. The learning strategy is very much grounded within the framework of reflective learning, where individuals are encouraged to take ownership for their development under the guidance of the course tutor. The course has a physical approach and is structured to help students take that step out of their comfort zone and into the unknown, through an experiential journey of exploration to unfold discovery.

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?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Bare feet or anti-grip socks should be used except in exceptional cases to be discussed with the teacher. We recommend a dance belt be worn by men and all students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Please remove jewellery for both comfort and health and safety.

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

Continue with this class or try one of our many other dance courses.


Customer Reviews 12 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Fantastic introduction to contemporary dance. Really accessible for someone with no background in dance, but also challenging in a way that allows students to grow week on week.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2020)
recommended BUT must be agile
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
A welcoming and rewarding learning experience
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Go for it!
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Review by Mariella / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
This is a great course for getting in shape, learning movement patterns and having fun moving across the floor. Fantastic tutor and lovely supportive atmosphere in the class.
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Review by B Prager / (Posted on 21/06/2019)
It will make your body feel really alive
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
It’s lots of fun where you essentially learn how to dance correctly. The tutor loves teaching it and her passion for the course is so evident in her delivery. It’s the best part of my week.
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Review by Chris / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
A great introduction to contemporary dance for anyone curious to know more. You can take this course as an absolute beginner, but our teacher made sure we were stretched and challenged throughout. By the end of the course we were able to perform quite complicated sequences.

Great teaching and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
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Review by Isobel / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
Totally worth it! The best course I have done at City Lit. It stretched me and at the same time I have never felt overwhelmed. Great teaching. And so much fun!
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Review by Karolina / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Great class to explore movement in space, in the body and working with other people. Really enjoyed a new way of thinking - a contrast to much of daily life for me!
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 20/08/2016)
Constructive and approachable teacher who encourages and celebrates everyone.
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Review by Morena / (Posted on 24/03/2016)
I have enjoyed each session with the tutor. She took special interest in each of us and helped us throughout. The course was designed to suit all age groups and the needs of beginners. Will look forward to join another course.
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Review by Smita / (Posted on 21/03/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Francis Angol

Francis has been working in the field of dance for over 30 years, performing, teaching and producing works that have contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture through the production of a range of training programmes, classes, courses and performance works. As well as being a performing artist / choreographer and dance educator, he holds the position of Associate Lecturer in dance at the University of Surrey and Coventry University. Francis is also a Somatics Movement Educator and a dance health & wellbeing specialist. In addition he also holds the position of Director of Dance at Islington Arts Factory, a creative hub of art, dance and music in the heart of North London. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Angol dance, a UK based Dance Company which produces work that blends the teachings and practices of Western Contemporary dance with dance from the African Diaspora, underpinned by Somatic practice, to form his distinctive language of expression.

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.

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Course Code: DDP213

Full Sat, day, 24 Apr - 29 May '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

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