Contemporary dance intensive
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DS141
Duration: 3 sessions
What is the course about?
The course aims to give students a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other techniques, underpinned by Somatics practice, which is a field of bodywork which focuses on deepening awareness of the body through engaging with internal physical perception and experience. The course is taught to cater for a mixed ability group and approached to give students a centred and fluid understanding of the basic principles of Contemporary dance in a fun, fluid and enjoyable way.
What will we cover?
The course will give students’ a basic physical understanding of this fusion of dance cultures, 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. During the course you will gain basic knowledge of the main principles of Contemporary dance incorporated with influences from other techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate or describe the fundamentals of posture and alignment, the use of dynamics, transfer of weight, and floor work. You will develop your musicality and spatial awareness by following step patterns, dance sequences and group formations set to a range of musical signatures. The course will allow you to lose your inhibitions, and gain confidence while moving, breathing and being.
Gain a more connected understanding of your anatomy and how to engage your body in fluid dance expression
Develop your co-ordination skills, flexibility, strength and stamina as well as develop your use of weight, breath and core strength to achieve greater dynamic quality within your dance expression.
Learn how to work with music in a more constructive and embodied manner to fully engage mind and body so as to enrich one’s physical experience of dancing.
Develop your understanding of the associated relationship between rhythm, movement and dance
Perform and execute dynamic dance sequence and steps that will reflect your engagement and embodiment of dance cultures in a synthesised fashion.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The class is pitched at general level, and requires students to have some basic experience of dance within a classroom based environment. The skills needed are basic co-ordination and a general level of fitness, equally these skills will develop further throughout the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is taught in a no-judgemental, friendly and supportive environment, delivered within a student centred learning strategy. You will be taught within a guided learning, group environment, through a variety of classroom based activities, demonstrations, explorations and various reflective processes. Students will receive feedback on a regular basis of their progress during the course. The learning strategy is 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?
Once enrolled on the course, there will be no additional cost involved.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
On completion of course you may want to try Contemporary or Contemporary African dance classes or try one of our many other dance courses.
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.