Contemporary Beginners

Get fit and have fun while learning the basics of contemporary dance technique.

Open to adults of all ages who are passionate about learning the core principles of contemporary dance technique. These classes will introduce you to short phrases, travelling sequences, floor work and improvisation (inspired by Rambert repertoire). Complete beginners welcome to attend.

  • Improve your posture
  • Gain strength and stamina
  • Develop your coordination

Full term enrolment (12 weeks): £120 (Tuesdays), £160.00 (Thursdays), Coin Street £30

Our Spring term classes are now full, but please email classes[ATSIGN]rambert.org.uk to be added to our waiting lists.

NEW! Due to high demand for this level, we have now added a third Contemporary Beginners class starting Tuesday 14 January, 6:15-7:15pm. To book this class, email classes[ATSIGN]rambert.org.uk or call our reception team on 020 8630 0600.

To book for the summer term, click here for Tuesday and here for Thursday.

Summer Term Booking information

Priority booking opens Wednesday 12 February at 12 noon for all current participants and Coin Street residents.

General booking opens Wednesday 19 February. 

Booking options are not the same for all classes, and options are always subject to availability.

If you have any further questions please call the reception desk on 020 8630 0600.

Meet the Teacher: James Muller (Tuesday)

Where did you train / study as a dancer / teacher?
I trained at the Royal Ballet School and Central school of ballet. After a career as a Ballet Dancer, I later diversified in to Contemporary.

Describe your most inspirational teacher
Although I have been inspired by many great teachers along my Journey, I would have to say Richard Alston. He has an incredible musicality and his knowledge of classical music is second to none. He also has such an eloquent way with words which is precise and clear yet full of imagination. This is very useful in classwork and choreography to help stimulate the mind/body connection.

How would you describe your teaching style in three words?
Inclusive, Dynamic, Approachable

How would you describe your class and what can people expect from a class with you?
My technique class will explore musicality and phrasing with precision and playfulness. It is a Cunningham based class with elements of release technique and floorwork.

What is your favourite Rambert work?
I have just seen ‘Invisible Cities’ at the MIF and was absolutely blown away by it. The choreography evoked the images that were being described masterfully.

Meet the Teacher: Alicia Frost (Tuesday and Thursday)

Where did you train / study as a dancer / teacher?
I graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and I also trained at The Martha Graham School. I did my teacher training at the Limón Institute and Royal Academy of Dance.

Describe your most inspirational teacher
I am very lucky to have had so many inspiring teachers both from Canada and The States that were hugely influential for me and to whom I credit my training in both Graham and Limón techniques. Two spring to mind!
Patricia Minor (Toronto) for her exceptional knowledge about the mechanics of the dancer’s body. Her crystal clear imagery is still what I draw upon today. And Risa Steinberg (New York) who taught me how to bounce, how to curve and how to sing with my body when I fall and suspend.

How would you describe your teaching style in three words?
Energetic! Musical and fun

How would you describe your class and what can people expect from a class with you?
My class is about developing awareness of your body through movement. It incorporates technical elements of spiral, flexion and extension of the spine, exercises developing strength and opportunities to explore shifts of weight through ‘fall and suspend’ combined with musical phrasing of challenging rhythms and dynamic expression.

What is your favourite Rambert work?
Everything by Christopher Bruce! and Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain (Glen Tetley, 1968)

Term Dates 2019-20

Autumn Term

Start: Monday 16 September
Half term: wk of Monday 21 October
End:  Sunday 15 December

Spring Term

Start: Monday 6 January
Half term: wk of Monday 10 February
End: Sunday 5 April

Summer Term

Start: Monday 20 April
Half term: wk of Monday 25 May
End: Sunday 19 July

Please note that some classes have different half-term or other breaks, and different term end dates – check on booking page for details.

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