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Kunst en vrije tijd - Dans

Contemporary 1 | English spoken

Friday from 18:00-19:00h

Natalie Heller

For whom
Beginners in contemporary and beginners in dance and movement.

Modern Contemporary is a class that blends various modern dance techniques with contemporary movement practices. The class draws from Simonson Modern Jazz, Cunningham and Graham Technique as well as from Release Technique, Yoga and Pilates. It is a fun and healthy way to keep fit, develop dance training and express ones's creativity. Simple movement patterns open the class for a warm-up aiming at softening the joints and waking up the spine. We then work on the more classical dance excersies (such as pliés, tendus etc.) through a contemporary perspective that aims at a softening the body. During the course the students will learn, co-create and perform a dance routine which consists of facilitated and choreographed sequences. The students will be given the opportunity to perfrom at the end of term show. Modern dance elements intertwine with contemporary practices and aesthetics to give the most up to date tone to the class.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

Please note: no class between 20th and 30th October