Mercury Movers 60+ (Sat afternoon)

Mercury Movers classes are designed for participants 60+ and all levels of ability are welcome. The classes are great way to improve your balance and flexibility and aim to build strength through a range of appropriately paced contemporary dance exercises and improvisations. The classes are designed to be fun and engaging and leave you with an improved sense of overall well-being whilst having the opportunity to explore stimuli and movement from Rambert’s vast repertoire.

Class level: This class is open to older dancers 60+ of all levels and abilities. Beginners welcome.

Full term enrollment (12 weeks): £72.50
Coin street community resident: £30.00

To book for the spring term, please call our reception team on 020 8630 0600 or email classes[ATSIGN]rambert.org.uk

To book for the summer term, click here.

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.

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.

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
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