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 http://ift.tt/1LZEarL
Several dance students gave fascinating presentations as part of Teesside University’s Festival of Learning March 14th to 17th.
The first of these was a beautiful talk by lecturers Heike Salzer and Lorraine Smith, second year students Stacey Thompson, Kate Smith, Jess Gibson, and third year Tasha Reay about their work at Mima. It was fascinating to hear about the students’ experience – many had never set foot in an art gallery before – and how Mima has become a second home for them where they feel comfortable not only seeing exhibitions, but dancing in response to them.
Dance students also took over the Curve with their performance NOW HEAR THIS. The site responsive dances enlivened the space and definitely surprised some visitors!
Other presentations included the fascinating 100 Costumes by lecturer Lorraine Smith and student Sadie Brooks, Dance and Dementia by lecturer Jennifer Essex and students Rebecca ball and Rheannon Davies, and Divers@Tees – a talk by third year students about their graduate performance company.
Fertile Ground Dance Company visited the dance students this week to give an inspiring repertoire workshop based on the companie’s current pieces. Great to see our very own Bethany Robinson as part of the company this year! We are looking forward to welcome the company back for the audition in April!
Subtle Kraft visited the University for a practical workshop with students on the BA (Hons) Dance course.
They returned the following day to stage a unique performance and question and answer session.
Subtle Kraft is an inclusive contemporary dance company who use movement as an expression of enjoyment, communication and humanity. The visit to Teesside was part of its ‘Moments Revisited’ tour which is also calling at London and Edinburgh.
Around 25 students took part in the workshop and benefited from learning new techniques and perspectives of dance teaching and choreography.
Lorraine Smith, Senior Lecturer in Dance, said: ‘Both myself and the students were inspired by Subtle Kraft’s work. The company engaged the students in new innovative methods of translating movement to a wide range of people. They create and present their work in a very interesting way and it provided the students with an inspiring approach to choreography and performance.’
START THE NEW YEAR WITH ALL. . . THAT. . . JAZZ!
FOSSE style jazz class in the Mercuria Wednesday the 13th of December from 5-6pm with Teesside University’s own Katie Smith.
The students ended the term with a celebration of work that they produced in the autumn term. An afternoon full of dynamic and creative dance works developed out of the various choreography sessions. The energetic Streetdance in Christmas costumes send us off into restful holidays!
Dance Lecturer Heike Salzer will be presenting the conference paper ‘Wanderlust – applying a method of the romantic era for screendance making’ at the Light Moves Festival of Screendance Symposium, Dance Limerick & DMARC University of Limerick, 19-22 November 2015 (Ireland)
A choreographer currently working on BBC drama Poldark has been sharing his knowledge of dance from bygone eras with students at Teesside University
Stuart Marsden, professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specialising in historic dance, spent time with students from the BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media and BA (Hons) Dance degree courses.
He is currently working on dance choreography for the forthcoming BBC series of Poldark and has been involved in a variety of other historical television documentaries which have featured dances from the past.
While at Teesside he held workshops in historic dance with the students before putting them through their paces by introducing them to social dances which were popular during Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian times.
Stuart, a classically training ballet dancer who trained at the Rambert School of Dance and also works as a musician, said: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the students’ energy, they really got involved and it has been a real joy to work with them.
‘I came directly from the Poldark set in Gloucestershire to Teesside University and it’s great to have so much variety in my work and have the opportunity to work with young dancers just preparing to embark on their own careers.’
Heike Salzer, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Dance, said: ‘It is a real honour to welcome someone of Stuart’s calibre to the University and it is great that our students are able to learn dance techniques from such a niche area which could become a lost art. It is something so completely different from the contemporary dance they are involved in.’
Ronan Paterson, Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart who is so passionate about his work and it is a real boost for our students to be able to benefit from his knowledge and expertise.’
The third year’s dance company Diverse@tees has performed their piece ‘Lost Letters’ at Moving Frontiers hosted by FRESH, at the House of BlahBlah on Thursday 29th October. They are now happy to announce that they will be delivering workshops in secondary schools in the Teesside area, working closely with dance and props, comedy pieces and different dynamics.
If you are interested in booking a FREE Divers@Tees performance and/or workshop for your school, community group or event please contact them via their Facebook page.
The screen dance 63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W by dance lecturer Heike Salzer has been curated to be part of the official selection of the International Videodance Festival in Chile. The film will be shown as part of the curated programme ECOLOGÍA. Danzar: la máquina de lo viviente (ECOLOGY. Dance: the living machine)