Wales Wide Training Programme is running a Virtual Masterclass Series on Zoom. Designed for dance practitioners to move and enjoy dancing for themselves, these masterclasses will also help you gain fresh ideas and approaches that can be used with own groups.

Friday October 1st 10.00-11.30am - Paul Davies 

Monday October 11th 10.00-11.30am - Cai Tomos

Friday October 22nd 10.00-11.30am - Dollie Henry

Friday November 5th 10.00-11.30am - Odette Hughes, Studio Wayne McGregor (Odette will lead a bilingual dance session) 

Friday November 12th 10.00-11.30am - Tom Hobden 

Tuesday November 23rd 1.00-2.30pm - Gary Clarke 

 

Cost per session £10 or attend all six sessions for £50. Please do not let finance be a barrier.

Email [email protected] to book your space/s.

Paul Davies- Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher/Manager

Graduated from the Central School of Ballet in 1991, I performed contemporary and modern classical works with renowned choreographers such as: Bill T Jones, Lucinda Childs, Janet Smith, Jasmin Vardimon, Akram Khan, Henri Oguike, Yolande Snaith, Joachim Schloemer, Terry Beck, Karole Armitage and David Dorfman; and performed other works created by Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor and my own choreographic work until 2009. 

“I was appointed Artistic Director of North East Wales Dance 2001-2007 (NEW Dance), cultivating an extensive and diverse community programme, in a rural setting. Since 2008, I have been working alongside the Rubicon team on numerous community classes and projects, but primarily lead the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance for aspiring young dancers.

Tracey has asked me to lead a remote dance session for Rubicon’s Wales Wide Training Programme

After a legacy of 30 years creating and performing, I am very mindful of maintaining a connection with my moving body and even more precious during these recent and difficult times.  My session will evolve from my enjoyment and appreciation of yoga.  Exploring linear motion with the use and support of a bolster and progressing to unravelling movement through rotation and spiral I aim to share my approach.  The session will culminate in an improvised creative task focused on music and the use of intersection as a choreographic devise. 

Participants will need a bolster for the start and end of my session.  If you don’t have a yoga bolster at home don’t worry, I have provided a step-by-step video guide to making your own bolster.  Participants will be sent the video once signed up. 

Cheers and hope to see you there!”

 

Cai Tomos, Independent Dance artist and Art Psychotherapist

Cai has worked both nationally and internationally as a dancer and choreographer.  His practice spans from dancing and making, to facilitating arts and health work with people of all ages both in hospitals and in theatre settings. He runs an Elders Performance Company CAIN in North Wales and offers workshops in the UK and abroad. He is artist in residence at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and works for Entelechy arts as an independent artist.  Improvisational practices are at the heart of his work supporting people to develop and discover their own movement language and vocabulary.

 

Class Description:  TAKING CARE

This workshop will be an opportunity to move in a way that feels good with others alongside, holding an intention of CARE as we do that.  In our culture that demands that we often override our natural impulses to be active or rest. 

When the boundaries of our work life and home life since the pandemic have become  blurred,  it seems more urgent  than ever to be curious about how we care for ourselves inside our dancing bodies,  and how this can transform the way way we work with ourselves,  but also with others. 

The session works with these 5 principles: MOVEMENT, BREATH, IMAGINATION, CONNECTION, EXPRESSION. Each of these is about rhythm in some way, and also about care and health. We aim to weave together each of these effortlessly in our dancing and we will do that by following what feels good.

 

Dollie Henry – Jazz Artist, Choreographer and Educator

Dollie is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Premier Jazz Theatre Company in the UK – BOP Jazz Theatre Company (BOP) and has led a respected career of 38 years as a performer, choreographer, theatre director, creative Jazz artist and educator. Recognised as one of the most formidable exponents of artistic and creative Jazz dance and theatre dance, both in the UK and Internationally. She has amassed a reputation that is widely revered and respected. Her breadth of work as a performer, creative artist and choreographer, has been vast and varied ranging from - West End Theatre Productions, Theatre Plays, Film, TV to Concert Dance, Jazz Theatre productions and Concert Dance Performances.

Dollie is also a Jazz Lecturer/Practitioner at Trinity Laban Music & Dance Conservatoire, PPA (Guildford) and Mountview Arts London, an Associate Teacher of ISTD and Honorary Member with IDTA. Her other roles as a creative professional include, Patron at The Hammond School and Ignite Dance Company.

As an experienced practitioner, Dollie is instrumental in mentoring the careers of many dancers from student to performers in established dance companies, musical theatre productions and concert dance shows across the world and continues to support the next generation of aspiring jazz dance artists through varied BOP Associate Jazz Dance Artists programs.

In collaboration with her Jazz composer-husband Paul Jenkins, Dollie has published the highly recommended book ‘The Essential Guide to Jazz Dance’ available from their publishers Crowood Press: https://www.crowood.com/collections/dance

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What to expect in Dollie’s Jazz Class:

Dollie’s Jazz dance classes, offer an open inclusive space for all dancers to development creatively and artistically, mentally and physically as dancers, staying true to the spirit of Jazz and that of individual expression.

The class provide a Jazz warm-up, through exercises that enhance flexibility, stamina and strength, supported by jazz music to facilitate musicality and timing. This leads to the learning a fun and energized Jazz dance combination that explores the creative elements of the dance and performance.

Dollie’s Jazz classes offer an enriching, engaging and energising creative dance experience for, all to be informed, involved and inspired through the art form of the Jazz Dance idiom.

As Dollie says … “You do not have to be a Jazz dancer to do my class, you just have to think like one! Jazz is an expression of individuality and community!”

 

Odette Hughes, Associate Director at Studio Wayne McGregor

Odette will lead a workshop exploring Wayne McGregor’s choreographic practice and repertoire. Starting with a high energy warm up followed by learning of phrases and creative tasks.

Odette joined Company Wayne McGregor as a dancer in June 1997, becoming the company’s Rehearsal Director in 2000. Odette is now responsible for the company’s everyday artistic supervision, overseeing performances and directing rehearsals. Odette was First Assistant Choreographer to McGregor on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2004). She worked as Rehearsal Director on Michel Ocelot’s musical Kirikou et Karaba which McGregor directed, and on The Royal Ballet’s Engram and English National Opera’s Salome, both choreographed by McGregor. She assisted McGregor on his production of Dido and Aeneas at La Scala, Milan, and has restaged numerous McGregor Ballets including Eden | Eden for San Francisco Ballet (2006); Genus for Paris Opera Ballet (2009); Dyad 1929 for The Australian Ballet (2013); and the multi award winning Chroma for the National Ballet of Canada (2010) and Bolshoi Ballet (2011). She has also restaged McGregor’s contemporary pieces for various education establishments. In addition, Odette has taught numerous workshops and masterclasses both nationally and internationally, and has extensive experience in community and outreach work for all age and abilities, including commissioned work with the Centre for Advanced Training at the Lowry, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance; and with the students at École de Danse de Genève. In 2018-2019, Odette worked as Rehearsal Director for Tom Hooper’s feature film production Cats, based on the musical by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. In 2019, Odette worked as dramaturg for the 10th anniversary programme at the Lowry Centre for Advanced Training Scheme (CATs). Odette was appointed Associate Director of Studio Wayne McGregor in 2007. 

 

Tom Hobden, Artistic Director, UNIT

Originally from Sudbury in Suffolk Tom has carved an 18 year reputation as an energised, smiley dance motivator who has worked with many leading dance organisations in the UK, including Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells, Royal Ballet School, New Adventures, Studio Wayne MacGregor, Ballet Boyz, Trinity Laban and Dance East amongst others. He is a choreographer, dancer, qualified educator, mentor and award-winning national leader in community dance practice. He holds a BA in performing arts, an MA in choreography, is a Clore graduate, Guildhall creative entrepreneur and most importantly an embarrassing dancing dad. He is known for his enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge in dance, digital and business and his infectious ability to communicate dance to everyone. 

 

Session: Tom will explore the creative processes surrounding his work ’20 Questions’ enabling you to create meaningful, honest and authentic moment for you and the groups you work with. We will fly though playful games and warm ups to get the creative brain stimulated and then follow up with a shortened version of the unique process of ’20 questions’  https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/314000819. Tom’s session will be joyful, inclusive and remind every person 'they are a dancer too’. 

 

Gary Clarke, Choreographer, Dancer, Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Dance Company

As part of this workshop, Gary will lead people through a series of physical investigations and creative tasks in a 'crash course to creativity.' Gary will discuss and lead his processes of generating movement material from selected source material including written text and images. 

Gary is an acclaimed British Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company. His theatrical dance works have toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim. Gary has received a number of awards for his work including A UK Theatre Award, A Critics Circle National Dance Award, A Herald Angel Award and The Brian Glover Memorial Award. He has created stage and site-specific work for a number of companies and organisations including Opera North, Sky Arts, Ludus Dance Company, Akademi, StopGAP Dance Company, Hull City of Culture and The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. His performance credits include work with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Lea Anderson's The Cholmondeley's, Liv Lorent's ballerLORENT, Sadler's Wells Productions, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco Dance Company. In 2017, Gary was appointed as an Honorary Fellow at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

 

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