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Adult Beginner Level Contemporary Dance class

  • Erskineville Village Anglican Church 55 Erskineville Road Erskineville, NSW, 2043 Australia (map)

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6 week series 1. Tuesday evenings 14 August - Tuesday 18 September.  Doors open at 5:30 for a 6pm start. Class runs for 2 hours.

$30 for a single class
$150 for full class series ($25 per 2 hour class)
Earlybird deal. 6 classes $120 if paid by 31/7/2018

Erskineville Anglican Church.
Cnr Erskineville Road and Rochford Street. The venue is 2 mins walk from Erskineville Train Station or a 5 mins walk down from King St, Newtown.

RSVP and Payment:
Please contact to RSVP for the series, and payment options will be sent to you then.

A little about the classes:

If you are someone who's always wanted to learn a little more about body alignment and fundamental methods of limb articulation to assist in more clearly expressing ideas physically in a professional or non-professional performance context, then these classes, led by Dean Walsh, who has 24-years experience in contemporary dance and performance pedagogy, are for you.

Perhaps you're already a professional performer who has little or no formal contemporary dance technique training? Perhaps you've been keen to learn some fundamentals in more complex limb, spine, pelvis and head coordinations and articulations?

These techniques can develop striking and resonant performative communication skills within a given choreographic treatment of specific ideas you may be currently excavating. Whilst up-skilling in these areas you'll also learn more about elemental considerations that go a long way to improving performance capacity and rigor - breath, gravity, temporal modalities and complex spatial awareness. You will also develop more sophisticated neurological pathways throughout your body.



A little about Dean:

Dean has been teaching beginners to professional-level contemporary dance technique, improvisation, composition and yoga / body-awareness for over 20 years across Australia. He has also taught for leading companies and organisations in England, Scotland, Japan and NYC. These engagements university courses, professional companies, wider community outreach programs and for people living with disability.

Dean's pedagogy is very well-respected and his marine environmental research over the last 12 years has become a large part of his overall unique contemporary dance and performance practice - one that is embedded in accessible inclusion and encouragement of diverse creative interpretation and a generosity of engagement.

He has been a pivotal member of the Australian independent dance and performance community since 1991 and has made 39 works (solo and group), ranging between 10 and 40 minutes in length, as well as 7 feature-length (40-70mins). Several of these works have toured nationally and/or internationally. He's appeared in works by many renowned companies, including DV8 Physical Theatre (London), Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide), Stalker Theatre (Sydney), One Extra Dance (Sydnely), The opera Project (Sydney) and many more.

Dean's works wrestle subject matter that rings true to his own lived personal experiences as a lower working class queer artist, scuba and free diver and marine environmentalist, his marine environmental, highlighting the need for the contemporary performing arts to embrace diverse experiences and ideas from minority and/or marginalized communities and issues that are not always easy to talk about.

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