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Wednesdays 10am - 11.30am
FREE (booking is required)
Scottish Dance Theatre are offering a series of free professional dance classes for the independent dance community in Scotland and beyond. These are unique drop-in classes, feel free to book in for as many as you like (each session has a unique link). The programme will include remote sessions with practitioners who regularly work with the company as guest teachers; Steph McMann, Gosia Mielech and Eve Ganneau.
Improvisation with Steph McMann
Wed 17 Feb
Wed 24 Feb
In these classes, we will move, respond, shake, question, falter, mix up the animal, repeat, talk and incorporate our face. Steph will guide and probably ramble on (her words).
Working remotely we will delve in and out of togetherness, being with and sharing our own dance. Taking time to bring our attention to noticing, and overwhelming ourselves with questions and images to encourage organised thought to dissolve. This will serve to disrupt habitual relationships with judgment, with a little bit of joy.
Stephanie McMann is a dancer, rehearsal and movement director based in London. Her work in dancing, collaborating, directing and supporting is informed by an interest in overloading in sensation to enable trust in the dancing, feeding the experience from the inside out. Stephanie is dancer/co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski & Flora Wellesley Wesley. Their last commission was Deborah Hay and are currently working with Eleanor Bauer. She is a past Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist (2015-18) and has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre as Rehearsal Director (maternity cover from Nov 19-Feb 20) and has supports artists from the outside including Liz Aggiss, Lizzie Klotz and AcroJou. Stephanie works in TV and film, developing movement content, performance and assisting, and most recently as a movement coach/assistant for a new Netflix series TBA 2021.
Gaga with Gosia Mielech
Wed 3 Mar, 10am-10.45am BOOK HERE
Wed 10 Mar, 10am-10.45am BOOK HERE
Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. The layering of familiar skills with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well, unlocking the endlessness of possibilities. Dancers are guided to connect their effort to pleasure and to discover the virtue of silliness.
Please note: these sessions will last 45 minutes.
Gosia Mielech is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator, Gaga teacher, and a founder of the artistic project DanceLab. She graduated from Ballet School in Poznan, Poland. She was a soloist of the Polish Dance Theatre. As an independent artist, she collaborated with Ivgi & Greben, Isabelle Schad. She is the recipient of the artistic scholarship from the Ministry of Art and Cultural Heritage. Gosia has been invited to tour her piece FearLess as a member of Polish Dance Network in 2020/ 2021. She received an award for “the most abstract idea” at Licht. Blicke Festival in Germany, where she presented her performances. She performs her work all over the world.
Feldenkrais into Ballet with Eve Ganneau
Wed 17 Mar BOOK HERE
Wed 24 Mar BOOK HERE
This class is open to anyone willing to deepen their understanding of ballet technique in order to discover tools transferable to other dance practices. Merging the tradition of ballet with movement explorations (Feldenkrais® Method), the class will encourage a sustainable dance practice, finding pleasure and anatomically adapted movements to minimise the risk of injury. By developing deep listening and fine-tuning, we will learn about our own movement patterns, tendencies and styles, underlying equally forces and fragilities.
Eve Ganneau is a French dancer based between Scotland and Greece. She graduated from the National Conservatoire of Paris in 2005. Eve worked as a dancer in Germany from 2006 until 2011 in various companies including Aalto Ballet Theater, Theater Dortmund, Hessian State Theatre. In 2012 Eve joined the company of the Scottish Dance Theatre. Since 2015 she has established herself as an independent artist. She was a member and collaborator of the Scotland-based company Joan Clevillé Dance for three years and works regularly with Café Fuerte, Austrian physical theatre company working in the landscape. She is also a member of the Medea Electronique collective, based in Athens and involved in multidisciplinary projects. Parallel to her professional activity, Eve followed training in Somatic Education (Feldenkrais Method) from 2016 to 2020 to become a certified Feldenkrais practitioner.