We are trying out a series of monthly earlier Sunday class & jams to enable dancers with children to come, and bring their children too if they want. This is the first one!
Beginner friendly pre-jam warmup class 2-3pm followed by the jam 3-5pm. Children Welcome. Doors will be closed for the duration of the class to keep the focus, so please arrive early to attend the class, you can arrive at any time for the jam. Dancers can come just for the class, £5, or stay for the jam, £8.
Class Description – Suitable for All
Body Structures part 1. Taking Root (to Fly) [* part 2 next week… ]
In the class we will spend the majority of time “taking root” in the dance floor and only then we begin to explore ways of rising off the floor. We will use various imagery tools to arrive in the body in the solo work: body carthography, bone meditations and partner work: exploring landscapes. As the floor work continues we will engage in body round dances.
The class covers grounds of experiential anatomy, perception, proprioception and multidimensionality.
Note: As this is an early class time slot we encourage children to join us and we embrace their presence in the dance space. We will use the following statements as a guideline for all of us moving together:
Suitable for All class – Vision Statements:
1. Parents/carers of younger ones are the co facilitators of the class. The teacher’s role is to flag up situations where it might be unsafe to proceed with movement.
2. Safety is a joint responsibility of all in the space. We are all aware of what is happening in us and around us.
3. For the younger ones we allocate a protected quiet base in the dance space, where non messy snacks, art materials and soft toys can be found.
4. When it gets to class to jam transition time it is solely down to parents/carers to take responsibility for the younger ones. We all continue to keep awareness of safety and the protected quiet base remains unchanged.
Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 2pm. DOORS WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 2-3PM SO AS NOT TO INTERRUPT THE CLASS
A jam is an informal gathering of dancers. There is no teacher, but space and time to develop skills and confidence. You are free to dance, rest, or sit and watch, as you wish. The jam provides an opportunity to explore and integrate techniques you have learned, and to find your own routes into dancing.
At some jams a teacher will facilitate a score to follow such as a focused (silent) jam, the Underscore (developed by Nancy Stark-Smith), or a blindfold (or eyes-closed) jam, this will normally be advertised via our regular mailout – so sign-up if you want advance notice.