If you have ever fancied having a go at contemporary dance, but felt intimidated or thought you had missed the boat — then this three week taster course is for you!
This course provides the opportunity for enthusiastic adults to learn the basics of contemporary technique together in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment.
The emphasis will be on opening up new pathways in the body, finding a sense of ease and freedom, and promoting positive body awareness, functional movement, integration and health.
No, you won't have to 'be a tree' — but yes, you will begin to learn the basics, slowly and organically — from alignment to coordination, musicality and beyond :)
The class will also offer a sense of ownership and possibility, allowing space for guided play and experimentation, and providing practical tools with which to approach our dancing with confidence.
By week three, you will undoubtedly feel more connected to the intelligence of your moving body, and most importantly, you will have have enjoyed doing it!
This course will be facilitated by Izzy Brittain.
Izzy is a Leeds based Dance Artist, whose work crosses disciplines and spans performing, teaching and making. Having trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance as a mature student, Izzy then went on to complete an MA touring, performing and teaching as part of Transitions Dance Company.
Izzy continued her teaching practice with Laban CAT scheme and became lead dance artist on the Let's Dance pilot scheme in Kent. She has continued to teach in a diverse range of contexts including; freelance work with groups of adults with learning disabilities and young people on the autistic spectrum, on BTEC and Foundation level courses in FE colleges and in a variety of community settings.
She is part of dance theatre collective Scatterlings, is one of the co-ordinators of the Dance Open Training programme at Open Source Arts, and is developing a sideline in cosmic dancercise via the medium of Rainbow Riddims
Izzy is passionate about creativity, community and collaboration, and is committed to breaking down barriers to accessing dance wherever possible. She believes that dancing is our birthright, and looks forward to moving with you :)
**This course is now limited to 10 participants, to ensure that you can all have full freedom to fling your limbs around — for this reason, early booking is strongly advised**
N.B. Of course three weeks is a very short time. This course is designed to give you a taste — so you can try it out & see if you want to go further. Izzy plans to start a regular drop-in class in the Autumn so participants will have the option to progress further in future, should they wish!
Pricing: £22 earlybird before 20th June / £22 after