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Contemporary dance is a dance form with endless possibilities! When people ask us what IS contemporary dance, this is what I tell them, “contemporary dance is not one technique or way of working, it is an art form, we learn skills and techniques which enable us to explore, express and develop ideas through the body. We can then use these tools and skills to create work to perform and share.”

So in the same way that a painter needs to learn to hold his brush and mix his paints in order to then go on and put his idea on the canvas as a painting, dancers learn technical and creative skills in order to then develop their ideas choreographically to create work to perform.

Inclusive yet challenging, participants learn techniques and skills and are then encouraged and guided in finding their own way of moving and in exploring their own creativity and ideas.

Classes often include group performance work, which encourages participants to take pride in their own work and appreciate that of their peers.

Dance can also be used as an alternative way to discover and explore existing subjects and topics; if you have a topic or idea that you would like to explore creatively with a group then please contact us to talk it over.

Contemporary dance technique can be accessible and challenging and the techniques and creative activities that we explore will be determined by the needs and experience of the group.

Elements of contemporary dance to explore include:

Technique; contemporary dance was born in the early 20th century and has seen many different techniques and ways of working with the body, Jane works energetically with fluidity, release, weight and momentum and a focus on strength from the centre in her approach to technique.

Improvisation; is accessible to all! Liberating and often challenging it encourages each individual to explore their own way of moving through tasks and scores.

Expression; contemporary dance is an ideal route for each person to express their own thoughts, feelings and ideas through the body and discussion in a safe and nurturing environment.

Musicality; can be developed through technique exercises and through exploring different relationships between the body and music/sound.

Exploration of a theme or topic; exploring an idea or subject through dance and the body can offer different perspectives and communicate to people in new and powerful ways. As the dancer, the opportunity to explore a particular subject or theme through the body can lead to new discoveries and a freedom that we can’t always find through discussion and other traditional methods.

Choreography; sessions can help stimulate ideas and give creative tasks and directions as tools that lead to the creation of group or individual choreographies.

Performance; whether it be to peers, friends, or a wider public, we aim to help you develop the skills and confidence to perform and to enjoy performing!

Creative Play; classes can include games and tasks which develop our ability to play creatively and have fun together.

Group Dynamics and team building; dancing, choreographing, performing and playing together fosters inherent listening and observing skills and we will use tasks and games to develop group dynamics and performance skills.

Want to see more? Below is a video of ‘Disregarding Gaze’, created and performed in 2010 by Jane, Vanessa Abreu and Sam Salam. It was a collaborative investigation that plunges us into a familiar yet dream-like world, exploring our private bodies caught in the public gaze.