Contemporary Foundation (Level 1)

Ready for those swings, spirals and torso contractions?

Dive into contemporary dance technique with a dynamic class which offers colourful movement phrases, travelling sequences, floor work and improvisation inspired by Rambert’s repertoire. This class is an enjoyable way to deepen your contemporary dance knowledge through practice. We recommend that movers have one year of contemporary dance experience before attending.

  •  Improve your musicality
  • Develop your performance quality
  • Increase your balance and coordination

Full term enrolment (12 weeks): £160.00

To book for the spring term, call our reception team on 020 8630 0600. Just one space left!

To book for the summer term, click here.

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: Sonia Illescas

Where did you train / study as a dancer / teacher?

I started dancing Modern dance and Ballet at an early age in Ibiza where I was born. I continued my professional training in Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Madrid, at the Carmen Roche official conservatory- SCAENA where I studied Ballet and Graham Technique.

I moved to London in 1996 to study at the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance, and graduated with a contemporary dance and choreography postgraduate professional diploma specialising in Dance in Education and Community Dance.

Describe your most inspirational teacher

For two years, I had the most inspirational Ballet teacher in Barcelona, so passionate that she would see technical movement in every day objects. She once taught me how to visualise my centre of gravity by placing a ping-pong ball on top of a water fountain… She was awesome.

How would you describe your teaching style in three words?

Technical, musical, interpersonal and creative. Sorry that’s four!

How would you describe your class and what can people expect from a class with you?

No two weeks feel the same. Music inspires my movement and the exercises are a reflection of it. In my class you will improve your technique by learning the principles of Graham and Cunningham technique. You will have the chance to learn company repertoire fragments at the end of the class as well as some rhythmical contemporary phrases where you can express your musicality and work on your performing skills. I enjoy getting the best out of my students and sharing my passion for dance.

What is your favourite Rambert work?

It’s impossible to choose one! I feel really close to Christopher Bruce historical masterpieces like Swansong or Ghost dances; they fill me up with melancholy. My favourite recent works has to be Killer Pig performed by Rambert2, the commitment of the dancers was mesmerising.

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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