By charlie ranken, Oct 11 2017 10:33AM
I've had the honoured of teaching Exeter Youth Dance Company for Kay Crook, last Monday and this Monday. A group of 14-19 year olds that use the studios at Phoenix Theatre meet once a week to explore contemporary and increase technique and performance skills.
I used the chance to teach a contemporary motif to the track Breezeblocks by Alt J. I think it went down well. Moments of control and flashes of speed meant dancers had to be aware conflicting tensions and when to explode and when to calm movement down. They also got to create their own phrases using the motif movements which we added to create a piece. Each reflecting on their own style and how the movements fit their body, all the dancers came up with solo's or duets that were threaded throughout the dance. In two sessions we devised half a dance!
I asked for feedback at the end of the workshop. Its always good to know if your teaching at the right level or if the class inspired them in someway. Thank you dancers of Exeter Youth Dance Company - Ruby, Tammy, Noah, Ella, Rosie, Emily, Rowan x 2, Joby, Suni, Ellen, Hattie and Moncia and no, I dont have the register infront of me. You made a lasting impression!
'Really enjoyed your process and devlopement of movement. Fabulous starfishing at the end and loved the music. Hopefully see you soon!'
'Loved how you kept on using people's names, it kept me alert and made me feel included and present. Loved the cool down, I have a hectic life and it helped!'
'I really loved all of the sessions, especially being able to do our own choreography and add to the piece. Thank you so much.'
'The class was very orginally and interesting, I really enjoyed it. Maybe at the end we could do more physical stretching. Thak you very much!' - Yes, if i get invited back I will save more time for stretching! Got a bit carried away with the piece you were devising looked so good!