Contemporary III

For whom
Advanced level: a minimum of 3 years experience

The Modern Contemporary technique develops release principles, rebound, elasticity, power from the core, coordination with the breath, spine work, balance and spatial awareness. We start with floorwork and body work to warm up the body and release joints. This develops into movement sequences that awaken bony structures and the muscular system. The class organically flows into core work that strengthens the centre and develops technique. The drive of the class is to facilitate ease of movement. There is a strong emphasis on imagery, moving from the skeleton and becoming aware of the body in space. The class ends with a dance sequence which is developed through a blend of choreographed phrases and guided improvisation. The dance material is developed from the notion of the (re-)organization of parts of the body (head, ribcage, pelvis) and of bodies in space. We will present our work at the end of term performance of THE LAK. 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 Wednesday from 18:15-19:45. Starts the 22nd of February 2017(this is one week later than originally planned).
UL-students € 129 | employees UL € 158 | others € 167 *

20% early bird discount from the 1st of December 12:00 - 8th of December 12:00!

* People under the age of 21 pay a tax free course price.
If you wish to make use of the employee rate, please email to or visit our desk to apply.
Location: Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden. Studio: K.031


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Laatst Gewijzigd: 16-06-2017