Creative Learning Events

Contemporary Dance Technique

Technical exercises and sequences taught to build strength, coordination and flexibility.

Contemporary Dance Technique is now live for the year and we are thrilled  to announce guest teachers Charlotte Mclean John Kendall of Joan Clevillé Dance, and Molly Danter, our Apprentice Company Dancer. Our classes are open to those aged 14+ with more than two years dance experience. Pay on the day for £7 / £5 SSCD students + concessions pay on the day.

Bookings for our 2019 Contemporary Dance Technique classes are available here.

Please note, some dates may change. We'll let you know closer to the time!

Sessions

15 Jan - 19 Mar (not 19 Feb)

9 sessions

Tue 22 January
6.30-8pm with Charlotte Maclean
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Charlotte will invite class participants to initiate movement from the use of the breath. The class will use visualization exercises as a tool for self-practice in improvisation. The class will start from the floor to standing over the one-hour and a half and during this time, will explore different ways of improvising efficiently, safely and as oneself with joy and individual celebration at the core.

Tue 29 January & Tue 5 February
6.30-8pm with Molly Danter
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Originally from the Isle of Skye, Molly recently graduated from London Contemporary Dance School and is now with us as an apprentice dancer.

Her interest in dance and teaching lies strongly in improvisation, composition, contact improvisation and most importantly play. Get ready to explore the art of playing, taking playing seriously and seriously playing. 

Tue 12 February
6.30pm-8pm with John Kendall
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Rooted in breakdance and release technique John looks to teach a class that aims to get people moving freely with purpose through the entirety of their body. 

The class starts with games and cardio exercises that look to push curiosity and exploration as well as lots of sweating! It’s physically demanding as we look to reach a level of cardio that allows for the body to really open up and move with power and precision.  

Class then takes a more structured somatic approach through a series of exercises that encourage shifting of weight, moving with clarity and focus whilst also taking Genuine risk. 

It’s light hearted throughout and aims to help the individual find confidence in their own movement style. 

Tue 26 February
6.30-8pm with Eve Ganneau
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

This class is aimed at anyone willing to deepen their understanding of ballet technique in order to discover tools transferable to other dance practices. I will merge the tradition of ballet with the principles of the Feldenkrais® Method to offer a somatic and biomechanical approach to the technique.

The goal of this class is to encourage a sustainable dance practice, working with pleasurable, economical and anatomically adapted movements to minimise the risk of injury. We will cultivate an embodied state of awareness as a valuable way to attend the body, developing deep listening and fine tuning to learn about our own movement patterns, tendencies and styles, underlying equally forces and fragilities We will talk about the structure of the body to find a functional and well organised movement in accordance to our needs. Insisting upon musicality, dynamics and imagery, we will colour our dance and create space for new experiences.

Tue 5 March
6.30pm-8pm with Eve Ganneau
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

More information on this class coming soon.

Tue 12 March
6.30pm-8pm with Joan Clevillé
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Joan’s contemporary technique class is release-based and combines elements from his own choreographic practice and his experience as a dancer in repertory companies across Europe (including Scottish Dance Theatre). 

The class starts with some breath and improvisation work building availability in the body and kinaesthetic awareness. We then move into a series of set exercises encouraging efficiency in the movement and organic flow. In the last part, we will work on longer, more dynamic phrases to finish with some jump sequences across the space.

Tue 19 March
6.30pm-8pm with Felicity Beveridge
SDT studio at Dundee Rep

Felicity continues to teach for Scottish Dance Theatre in her present role as Creative Learning Co-ordinator and her class builds in pace from simple technical sequences that warm up the body into longer travelling phrases so you can really move!

 

 

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

 

 

Further session tutors will be announced soon.

23 Apr - 14 May

4 sessions

17 Sep - 19 Nov (not 8 or 15 Oct)

8 sessions

Photo credit: Viktoria Begg