Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DDB081
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course you will be guided throughout to explore a wide range of ways of moving in relation to your own body, the space and other people in the room. This is a task-based session where you will be given different instructions and mediums to consider. This physical and playful course will focus on your own body’s potential and curiosity.
What will we cover?
Each week we will:
• Warm up to prepare the body.
• Work through guided improvisational scores and games alone, in pairs or in groups
• Explore ways to find connections to the space and other people in the room
• Discuss what we see and what we experience
• Develop and refine ideas
• Work with the body and voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Experiment with different ways of devising movement.
• Recognise more about your own body’s potential and curiosities
• Find ways to let go and be expressive
• Move and think about movement in ways you haven’t before
• Reflect and discuss thoughts in relation to improvisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Everyone can do it, some previous movement practice is useful but not essential. This could be anything from Yoga, Tai Chi to dance. If you haven’t had much movement experience, this course is still suitable for you as you will be supported to find your own body’s natural ability and interests.
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 given a range of tasks throughout the sessions. Group and solo work in a well-equipped, modern sprung floor studio. It is essential to be ready to start on time in order not to disrupt the class.
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 to keep warm during discussions and slower pace work. We will work barefoot. 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?
You can continue with this course, as each course brings new people and new ideas. Alternatively you could try a more formalised style, such as Contemporary dance or try one of our many other dance styles.
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.