Contemporary dance: beginners

Course Dates: 18/09/19 - 04/12/19
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Orley Quick

This dynamic and fun course is based on the principles of release-technique and some playful explorations. We'll build on simple movement phrases to develop greater awareness of the body in space and in relation to others. Floor, centre and travelling exercises lead to efficiency of movement, and rhythmical and free-flowing dance sequences.


What is the course about?

You will learn the basics of Contemporary dance through Release-based technique. Understanding the principles of the body in movement and apply them to memorise and perform dance sequences and explore your own movement range.

What will we cover?

The class will consist of spatial exercises and games, floor work, centre, co-ordination practice and travelling across the floor.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify basic Contemporary dance terms and technique.
Recognise an increased range of movement and efficiency
Use greater flexibility, co-ordination and balance
Demonstrate instant personal movement choices with confidence
Perform a set dance sequence with more ease and confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This class is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work in a well equipped, modern sprung floor studio with music. It is essential to be ready to start on time.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bare feet or anti-grip socks should be used except in exceptional cases to be discussed with the teacher. It is recommended to tie hair back if it is long for safety and comfort. Wear a short or long sleeved top and trousers that cover the knees for the floor work.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Contemporary dance: beginners or Contemporary dance: general level.

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This is a great course for getting in shape, learning movement patterns and having fun moving across the floor. Fantastic tutor and lovely supportive atmosphere in the class.
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Review by B Prager / (Posted on 21/06/2019)
It will make your body feel really alive
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
It’s lots of fun where you essentially learn how to dance correctly. The tutor loves teaching it and her passion for the course is so evident in her delivery. It’s the best part of my week.
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Review by Chris / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
A great introduction to contemporary dance for anyone curious to know more. You can take this course as an absolute beginner, but our teacher made sure we were stretched and challenged throughout. By the end of the course we were able to perform quite complicated sequences.

Great teaching and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
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Review by Isobel / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
Totally worth it! The best course I have done at Build. It stretched me and at the same time I have never felt overwhelmed. Great teaching. And so much fun!
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Review by Karolina / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Great class to explore movement in space, in the body and working with other people. Really enjoyed a new way of thinking - a contrast to much of daily life for me!
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 20/08/2016)
Constructive and approachable teacher who encourages and celebrates everyone.
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Review by Morena / (Posted on 24/03/2016)
I have enjoyed each session with the tutor. She took special interest in each of us and helped us throughout. The course was designed to suit all age groups and the needs of beginners. Will look forward to join another course.
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Review by Smita / (Posted on 21/03/2016)
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Course Code: DDB080

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Wed, eve, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

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