Dancing in ‘Dam

By Teesside University Dance student Jessica Gibbs

Teesside University DanceOn the 3rd of November, the student company Diverse@tees from the BA dance degree at Teesside University had the amazing experience of travelling to Amsterdam with senior lecturer Jennifer Essex. It was a great experience that gave the students a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional dance artist.

They had the incredible chance to see the premier of ‘Humpback Runner’ at Zuiderstrandtheater, choreographed by Jiří Pokorný’s and performed by Nederlands Dans Theater. Then to further their knowledge they were privileged to take part in a modern jazz class by Erick Bacon and an afro-fusion class with Avalon Brown.

An amazing trip that allowed me to see the dance sector in a whole new environment and experience the culture of Amsterdam.’ -Stacey Thompson (Member of Diverse@tees)

Teaching dance in the community

Second year students have been teaching some excellent community classes this year.  From jazz to contemporary, tap to commercial, we’ve had a spectrum of great classes.  Liam Gillespie of the blog live and love Teesside attended several classes, documenting the experience for his blog:

“Bearing in mind that dance is essentially about expressing yourself, my biggest piece of advice would be to show a bit of flair and panache.

It’s when I relaxed my body a little bit and started to ease into the dancing with more enjoyment that it actually became a little easier.

So despite struggling with the faster movements at first, I started to enjoy the dancing more and that’s when my actual footwork began to become less obtuse and more natural. The students hosting the event were always on hand to help me through any part I couldn’t grasp which made things a whole lot easier.“

To read more about Liam’s experience visit www.liveandloveteesside.co.ukcommunity class