Contemporary Floorwork Level 3 with Depi Gorgogianni and Ben McEwen

Summer 2019

£120 / £114 (enrolment) £14 / £12 (drop in)

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Floorwork/Flying Low

We'll be taking a look at floorwork, through the material of Flying Low. This is a technique initiated by David Zambrano that uses simple movement patterns and principles (such as spiralling and alternating between expansion and cohesion) to dance our whole selves in, out and along the floor with speed, efficiency... and pleasure! We'll take a detailed look at the material, breaking it down to find functions that work for each of us, then we'll put it back together for some full-bodied dancing!

We highly recommend long trousers (within reason!) and covered shoulders.

Class Description

Our Level 3 classes are dynamic classes focusing on higher level technical abilities and an increase in physical fitness. Complex movement combinations and content will cover more advanced principles such as agility and the use of weight whilst simultaneously increasing musical awareness through a range of tempos and rhythms. You will increase your versatility in moving and introduce your own uniqueness to the movement with confidence.

About Ben

Ben graduated from TrinityLaban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S. (BE). Now he regularly works as a performer among others; Charlotte Spencer Projects, Vera Tussing, Joon Dance, Francesco Scavetta/Wee and Lisa May Thomas. Alongside performing he teaches at conservatoires, universities and professional classes throughout Europe. He also practices Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast and enjoys barefoot running and wandering amongst mountains with a small tent and a big smile.

About Depi

Depi is a Dancer, Dance Teacher and Movement Director. She led professional dance and movement classes at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Arts Ed, East 15 and university departments in the UK. Depi worked aside the choreographers Imogen Knight and Siân Williams. As dancer she has worked with the choreographers Jorge Crecis, Polly Bennett, Jo Meredith, David Lakein and Mariela Nestora being former member of her company YELP. She holds an MA in Movement Studies from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. In 2016 she was selected to attend JVIntensive with Jasmin Vardimon Company, supported by the Arts Council of England. Depi trained as Dancer and Dance Teacher at Rallou Manou Professional Dance School in Athens.

Q&A with Depi Gorgogianni

  • Tell us a little bit about your background in dance?
    I started ballet when I was 3 years old. In 2007 I auditioned for the Professional Dance School Rallou Manou when I got accepted. I graduated three years later with the top mark in contemporary dance. Since I graduated I work as a Contemporary dancer and performer. In 2016 I trained with Jasmin Vardimon Company. I follow practitioners such as; David Zambrano, Antol Lacky, Josef Frucek (Fighting Monkey), Frey Faust & Zoe Solomons (Axis Syllabus) taking part in their workshops or classes.
  • What can we expect from your class?
    My classes demand great energy while enjoying the fun of dancing with the music. I start with vigorous warm ups to mobilise the body and then I move on to the technical part giving short tasks to explore the flow, control of the centre and moving through space. Then we work on a routine which we develop through the classes to a big combination. I always encourage the students to bring their own personality in the combinations adding couple off improvisation counts within my routines.
  • What do you like most about teaching?
    I like to get everyone together and learn through everyone’s mistakes and weaknesses. I like to make everyone feel welcomed and enjoy the dance even when we struggle with the technique. 
  • Who was your most influential teacher? 
    My first ballet teacher who taught me how not to give up when I struggle and focus on practice. Also Anna Harlpin’s approach of dance, choreography and movement is my inspiration.
  • What has been your biggest challenge as a dancer? 
    To overcome my own self in order to get better. Also one of more big challenge as a dancer beyond technique is to perform.

Times: 18:30-20:00
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Day: Wednesday
Level: Level 3
Style: Contemporary