BA Dance students had a great time performing at their end of year performance during Creative Arts week. Choreographies from international choreographers Zubaidah Saebu, Jack Webb and James Wilton were part of the programme and an audience saw two energetic and varied shows!
Dance lecturer Heike has just returned from a week long professional development course in Choreological studies in London. Laban principles are part of Teesside’s teaching and the students are looking forward to a very special event in October, when Jean Newlove, who was Rudolf Laban’s assistant, will visit the University to teach a master class.
Zubaidah Saëbu will be teaching contemporary dance technique, fitness and body conditioning to the dance students of the BA Dance. The section is delighted that she has joined the team for this spring term.
Zubaidah Saëbu was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and trained at the Modern Theatre Dance Department of the Theaterschool in Amsterdam, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance (BDa). In her last year she did her work placement with Tees Valley Dance and has not left the area since.
After working for Tees Valley Dance as a fulltime dancer for 3 years, she started working as a Freelance Dance Artist. She currently tours with children’s theatre company Tell Tale Hearts and next to this teaches regularly in education, from nursery up to university level under the Vivid Dance name.
Some of the choreographers/dance artists that Zubaidah has worked with include Leine & Roebana, Dora Frankel, David Zambrano, Sanna Myllylahti, Jennifer Hanna and Maria Naidu.
Laura trained at Middlesex University, graduating with First Class Honours before gaining a Masters Degree at London Contemporary Dance School.
She currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist based in London. Particular fields of interest include dance in education, gaga technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation. Recent performances include work with Rachel Burn (London, Surrey) and Delve Dance (Hull, Oxford, London, Sussex), of which she is also Artistic Director. Laura teaches extensively, working as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston University, an Animateur for Richard Alston Dance Company, and delivering dance programme’s for primary schools. Laura also dabbles in Dance Management and has recently received funding from Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Legacy Trust and Southwark Council to facilitate a community dance platforms in East London. She is delighted to be joining the faculty at Teesside at this time.
Rose Payne and Heike Salzer, both spent 7 days in Antwerp, Belgium, at the first ever Gaga Intensive Course, taking place in Europe. Participating in sessions of the Gaga technique which has been developed by Israeli choreography Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, repertory as well as methodics.
They are keen to incorporate these new inspirations in their classes.