About Professional & Advanced level dance classes

Autumnterm: Mon 12 Sep – Fri 2 Dec
No classes Sun 23 – Sun 30 Oct (half-term break)

These classes are intended for professional dance artists or participants who have completed higher education level dance training and have danced professionally. The classes include a variety of practices and techniques and are taught by a broad range of practicing guest artists. They are high-intensity and aim to maintain and develop skills, abilities and practice, as well as giving participants an opportunity to network with other dance professionals.

Important information:

  • The whole term runs from Mon 12 Sep - Fri 3 Dec 2022, with no classes taking place from Sun 23 – Sun 30 Oct due to half term.
  • 11 different artists teach every morning Mon-Fri, 9-10.30am.
  • Classes are in-person; however, the safety of our staff and participants remains our priority, and we will continue to follow government guidance to ensure our sessions are as safe as possible. Before arriving at the building, you will receive an email from the Classes & Courses team detailing what to expect on your visit to The Place.
  • Drop-in bookings are open in advance.
  • Please note: the sales for bookings via our website close at 8.30am on the day of class. You can also book in-person at Reception, depending on capacity.

Fees: £6 per class
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More about the artists and classes

Mon 12 - Fri 16 Sep | Charlotte Mclean

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This course is designed for professional dancers, recent dance graduates and technically advanced dancers.

Mon 19 - Fri 23 Sep | Gerrard Martin

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This course is designed for professional dancers, recent dance graduates and technically advanced dancers.

Mon 26 - Fri 20 Sep | Bea Calzado & Theo Arran

Bea Calzado (Teaching Tue, Wed, Thu)
Bea’s classes will focus on how improvisation can be used to expand movement pathways as well as an awareness of the patterns we tend to use and how to break them down. The classes will be a progression of tasks that will allow for a full-body exploration of targeted aspects such as isolations, sequential movements, dynamics and textures; perhaps ending with a final phrase based on the tasks developed earlier.

Bea's interest is in how the body can express information otherwise not accessible in words, and how obscured body language can communicate something tacit. The class tends to focus on how improvisation tasks can allow for abstract forms of expression.

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Theo Arran (Teaching Mon & Fri)
In these classes, Theo will be focusing on finding softness within floor work. Each class will begin with mobilisations, preparing the body for the content you will explore throughout the morning. Theo will then move to both set and improvised crossings and finish with a phrase that aims to apply the vocabulary of these crossings. There will also be time provided for integrating the more acrobatic elements of Theo's approach to floor-work - whether you are very experienced in acrobatics or still in the process of learning, Theo will offer different progressions and pathways to finding more virtuosic movements.

Theo's interest is in how we find softness and ease in challenging or unfamiliar movements, how each individual can adapt movement to find ownership within it. The class aims to leave participants with expanded knowledge and vocabulary when moving in and out of the floor - to have explored your own approach and possibilities and then to offer new considerations and movements.

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Mon 3 - Fri 7 Oct | Julian Nichols

Julian Nichols' (he/him) Ballet for Contemporary Dancers explores what ballet is through a contemporary lens. Starting off with aligning the body by connecting to the floor through the feet and the space above the head, Julian gives different stretches and imagery to help you become more in tune with how your body functions when connecting to form.

Moving through the class, you will start with a barre to get the body warmed up. This barre consists of going through a classical structure (plié, tendu, etc.) with the openness to continue checking the alignment of the body/spine and connecting to the breathe.

As you continue to get more physical, you will then move to the centre and see how the body reacts to being on both legs. Julian will give some feedback and different forms of imagery to help approach ballet exercises in a new and more authentic way.

You will then move across the space through a waltz, where you can explore how they travel while connecting to quick feet, pirouettes, and directional changes. You will then move on to a series of jumps to finish off the class.

Coming to a close, Julian offers a space to stretch, connect with other dancers, and welcomes conversation amongst each other and with himself.

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10 - 14 Oct | Simone Sistarelli

This is a highly physical class in which you will explore new creative ways to move and express yourself.

With the perfect balance of contemporary dance (Release, Flying Low, Contact Improv) and street dance (Popping, Locking, Breaking) techniques, Simone will offer a fusion of styles that will energise your body and stimulate your creativity. Flow, musicality, playfulness and surprise are key elements of the class.

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Mon 17 - Fri 21 Oct | Depi Gorgogianni

Depi’s class is inspired by her contemporary dance background and includes several styles. The class has elements of release technique, flying low and passing through, contact improvisation usually starting with stamina based warmups or guided improvisations to tune with our personal needs, with playfulness and musicality. The aim of the class is to discover a variety of forms, shapes and dynamics of the body travelling through space. The focus of the class is to learn control, flow, coordination, strengthening and stretching, embracing the quality of embodiment. Depi designs the classes to warm up the body and get the dancers ready for the day, filled up with the joy of dancing!

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Mon 31 Oct - Fri 4 Nov | Alleyne Dance

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This course is designed for professional dancers, recent dance graduates and technically advanced dancers.

Mon 7 - Fri 11 Nov | Bun Kobayashi

Bun is interested in dancing in contact with others, self-touch and investigating routes of ‘failure’ and malfunction to see what other narratives are possible in the dancing body

In this class, you’ll be encouraged to think about what it is to enjoy the texture, struggle and freedom of our moving bodies through touch, decision-making and collective effort. You will improvise your way out of the criteria for dancing ‘well’, move in contact with each other, the floor, the space, and use various forms of self-touch to drive our movement with different levels of speed and resistance.

This will be an improvisation-based class exploring:

  • floppiness, laziness, falling over, trying harder, taking it easy
  • dancing in contact with others, dancing in contact with ourselves
  • swiping, stroking, pulling, holding, grabbing, pushing.
  • changing our minds quickly, being confusing, dancing together even though it’s not working, enjoying it because it’s not working

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Mon 14 - Fri 18 Nov | Jamaal Burkmar

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This course is designed for professional dancers, recent dance graduates and technically advanced dancers.

Mon 21 - Fri 25 Nov | Andrew Kerton

‘The Heart Asks Pleasure - First’: a week of BodyMind Centring®, embodying the heart’s cellular, fluid and energetic expressions.

Day 1: Embodying and distinguishing the development of front, back and middle body through guided exploration of early embryological spaces and structures. Sensing the resonance of these primitive spaces and structures to support mature movement.

Day 2: Tracing the emergence of the heart from the middle body (embryological mesoderm) and embodying it’s spiralic journey to the body’s centre. Finding the heart’s expression through the hands, and exploring the heart as a fluid turbine.

Day 3: Embodying and distinguishing the poly-rhythmic nature of blood as it moves through arteries, veins and capillaries. Sensing and expressing these distinct fluid qualities of the cardiovascular system through the flow of movement.

Day 4:
An exploration of the heart’s energetic radiance through embodying its endocrinal qualities. Inviting the heart’s energetic motility and connection to vocal expression. Investigating the esoteric mapping of the Air Element in the chest, intestines and lower legs to locate invigorating motion, especially in relation to emotions.

Day 5: Retracing and integrating the week. An invitation to follow the heart’s expression individually and as a group. Sharing insights and experiences.

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Mon 28 Nov - Fri 2 Dec | Lea Tirabasso

From a physical warm up, we will slip into a work out where movement, imagination and the exploration of various states will allow us to feel alert, ready and more connected to our instinct as dancers.

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