Contemporary I

For whom
Beginner level - all

Modern Contemporary is a class that develops release principles, rebound (remove this), elasticity, power from the core, coordination with the breath, spine work, balance, off balance (remove) and spatial awareness. Simple movement patterns open the class for a warm-up aiming at softening the joints and waking up the spine. With floorwork and bodywork, we develop our relation to gravity and our experience of the three dimensional body. In a creative movement practice we then embrace the space and develop awareness of our body in space. We work through facilitated and choreographed sequences that (re-)organise parts of the body (head, ribcage, pelvis) and bodies in space. Together we develop a movment sequence (dance) that we will present at the end of term show. Modern dance elements (release technique, experiential anatomy, somatic practices) intertwine with contemporary practices and aesthetics to give the most up to date tone to the class.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.
Last 4-5 lessons will be given by Emilie Gallier. Teacher since 2004, Emilie Gallier is also choreographer, performer (POST Cie), and researcher  (C-DaRE Coventry University) based in Leiden. Since January 2016 PhD Candidate in Coventry, Emilie graduated from the Master of Choreography in Arnhem in 2012. .

Length and costs 
12 lessons on Wednesdays 17:00-18:15. Starts the 22nd of February 2017(this is one week later than originally planned).
UL-students € 110 | employees UL € 134 | others € 142 *

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Location: Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden. Studio: K.031


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Laatst Gewijzigd: 16-06-2017