Contemporary dance: styles and techniques
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Keeley Street
By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained greater confidence, knowledge and appreciation of Contemporary Dance practice and be able to differentiate between the various styles and technique you may encounter.
Course Code: DDM130
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
Contemporary dance takes its inspiration from many different modern forms of dance. It can be danced to almost any style of music, and it can be mixed up with other dance forms. It has no fixed codified movement patterns, but rather has a stylised structure that relates to and, is influenced by the particular developmental approach taken.
Practicing Contemporary dance involves learning a range of techniques and styles which are used in dance classes and choreography.
This course is about exploring movement in a stylised fashion to develop new and varied ways of moving. This approach to Contemporary dance utilises some of the basic structural techniques of ballet, influenced by other techniques such as Graham, Release, African, Jazz and Caribbean techniques to form a cultural synthesis in movement form.
The approach, and teaching is rooted in Somatic practice, an embodied approach to learning and engaging with the body. This approach places focus on deepening one's awareness of the body and the processes going on within, through engaging with internal perception and experience.
What will we cover?
Francis will explore Contemporary dance from an embodied Somatic understanding. Focus will be placed on: alignment, placement, posture, expression, spatial awareness, musicality, dynamic movement qualities, sensitivity in relationship to rhythm and beat, phrasing and stylistic features.
My sessions will take you through technique of style, choreography, movement meditation and breath work, all within the context of embodied dance practice.
You will learn how to express your physicality in a dynamic fashion learning fundamentals such as turns, kicks, undulation, co-ordination, isolation, balance, flexibility using body conditioning and strengthening exercises. You will experience the grounding of weight and rhythm through a lucid and fluid movement dynamics, allowing you to lose your inhibitions, and gain confidence while moving, breathing and being.
Vivian's sessions will draw from a range of Contemporary dance techniques such as Floor work, Release, Flying Low/Passing through and Graham.
Each session we will work on a different technique, working on its fundamentals, going through exercises, travelling and a choreography sequence. We will also have clear relevant warm-ups and cooling downs to ensure the body is healthy and the mind ready!
We will work in a safe and fun environment with curiosity and openness, defining qualities, using body totality and connecting to our personal movement. We will work towards strengthening and understanding of the body while discovering flow, different energies and expression.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Gain an understanding of the Contemporary dance techniques
• 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?
Suitable for those with at least 2 years of Contemporary dance experience. You will have attended general or advanced level classes or be a professional dancer, dancer in training or attend regular dance practice for pleasure. This is not suitable for beginners. This is a class for people who want to work at a fast pace, enjoy a challenge and like being pushed. The class will involve a degree of floor work, so experience in this area is preferable.
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?
The teaching staff will give you advice and guidance or try one of our many other dance courses.
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.