SDT - Masterclasses

Thu 31 January - Thu 28 February

Our first masterclasses of the year are released and we are delighted to announce guest teachers Joan Clevillé and Eve Ganneau of Joan Clevillé Dance, and Girogia Pirozzi, our Apprentice Company Dancer.

All classes take place in our dance studio at Dundee Rep

Thu 31 Jan 
6:30-8pm with Giorgia Pirozzi

This release based technique class invites participants to explore the different possibilities of their body through a variety of set exercises. Emphasis will be put on the discovery of true alignment and how to use weight and momentum in order to move into the space, on the floor, out of the floor and to the floor. Participants will learn how to minimise tension in their body to create freedom of movement through increasing body awareness; the use of the breath is essential in the practice. We will play with finding balance and letting go of it, spatial relationships and musicality in order to allow movement and energy to flow.

Thu 14 Feb 6:30-8:30pm with Joan Clevillé and Eve Ganneau

This masterclass for professional dancers and vocational students will explore Joan Clevillé Dance’s practice, rooted in movement research and experimentation with theatre and storytelling. Working with imagery-led improvisation we will challenge our usual patterns and find new dyanmics, textures and movement range in the body. We will also approach the voice as a physical experience, and explore the connection between voice, breath andpysicality: using the voice as an extra limb, reaching with the body where words don’t get to...

Thu 21 February 6.30pm-8pm with Nerea Gurrutxaga
The Space, Dundee & Angus College, Old Glamis Road

Flying Low Masterclass
The class departs with a series of exercises that draw attention to the dynamic of the group, aiming to deepen its synchronisation. We will study the efficiency and functionality of movement sequences that enter and exit the floor, which are influenced by flying low technique. The sequences will be set in contexts where presence and alertness will be practiced and asked. 

Thu 28 Feb 6:30-8pm with Giorgia Pirozzi

Modern Jazz class

The class combines the power of modern jazz and some of the principles of contemporary dance. It will be divided into 3 sections: warm up, crossings and a final choreography. The emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy and style. The movement vocabulary ranges from isolation of body parts to the movement of the entire body that connects with the accents of musical rhythm. The main goal of the class is to improve strength, flexibility and technique as well as develop creativity in choreography and performance. It includes turns, kicks, leaps and other technical moves that will challenge and push the dancers’ abilities.

Photograph credit: Nicole Guarino

Thu 28 March 6.45pm-8pm 
16 years + with Gosia Mielech
SDT studio, Dundee Rep


Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.





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