Introduction to dance workshop 1
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This first workshop will start at the Barre. A basic understanding of Barre work provides a solid foundation for any dance class experience.
Each workshop (there's 5 in total) focuses on what you need to know to prepare you for a variety of dance styles like Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap or Contemporary.
You will learn some French, master the universal steps, the physics of turning, how to remember choreography and how to become more felexible and you don't even have to take the workshops in any particular order. Start anytime!
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Course Code: DDF001
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This first workshop will start at the Ballet barre. Ballet barre training makes strong dancers - across all dance styles. A basic understanding of Barre work provides a solid foundation for any class experience. This class prepares you to take Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre classes. Ideal for complete beginners or for those wanting to hone their skills or return to basics.
What will we cover?
This dance workshop includes elements of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance styles and techniques. Each class will include a tutor led group warm-up. We will work at the Ballet barre to improve strength, flexability and co-ordination. Travelling combinations across the floor are used to work on technique as you move from one move to the next.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Acquire an understanding of the fundamentals of dance
Recognise and use basic footwork
Show improved musicality
Demonstrate greater body awareness with more confidence in co-ordination and linking movements together.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory course for beginners or for those looking to go back to basics
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?
With exercises in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance techniques leading to basic routines. The course is physical, it is tutor led and you will have the opportunity to work as a group and in pairs. You will be encouraged to work in your own time to perfect the work but there is no formal requirement to do so.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
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. Tights, leotard or sports clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly.
Jazz shoes/sneakers or similar no outdoor shoes please. Thick cotton socks or sports socks can be used for barre work and elements of the warm-up.
Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own saftey and comfort. Jewellery should be removed and mobile phones switched off please at the start of the class.
Please Note: This course is exempt from the standard refund and transfer policy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Introduction to dance workshop 2 or try one of our many other dance courses.
Martin has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, director and choreographer. A long-standing career as a dance and movement teacher Martin trained at Laine Theatre Arts and is currently co-ordinator for Dance & Movement at the City Lit where he also teaches Men’s Ballet and Movement for Actors on the Level 2 and Level 3 accredited courses. Previous credits include; Choreographer for the first ever UK stage show of ‘Lazytown Live!’. Associate Choreographer ‘Singa-longa-Abba’ Trafalgar Studios and ‘Dancing In The Streets’ starring Martha Reeves The London Palladium & national tour. Assistant to Steven Berkoff including West End and European tours of ‘Messiah’ The Old Vic and ‘On The Waterfront’ at Hackney Empire. Assistant Director on ‘Zipp!’ (a musical revue show which achieves 100 musicals in 90 minutes!!) starring Gyles Brandreth Duchess Theatre London. Choreographer of the national tour of ‘Barnum’ starring Peter Duncan. UK tours and numerous pantos to name but a few. “The thing I most enjoy about teaching - the realisation that you are a part of their improvement”
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.