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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

NEW! Due to popular demand, starting Autumn 2019 we will be adding an extra Contemporary beginners class on Tuesday evenings!

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

Coin street community resident: £30.00 SOLD OUT

To book the Tuesday class, call 020 8630 0600- SOLD OUT

To book the Thursday class, call 020 8630 0600- one space left!

Booking Information

Online enrolment for the Autumn term has now closed but there are limited places still available in some classes! Please call the reception desk on 020 8630 0600, or email classes[ATSIGN]rambert.org.uk, to book your place.

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

Online enrolment for Spring term opens on 28 October, with Priority booking (for current participants and members of the Coin Street Community) opening on 21 October.

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 (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)

Autumn Term Dates 2019

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

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

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