Over 60s Contemporary with Natalie Dodd

£85 enrolment

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The movement style of the class will vary in its dynamics and focuses, often juxtaposing variants of each. You will shift from sensory/yoga based warm up elements to snippets of clean Cunningham-style lines and shapes to heavy, breath driven swings, shifts and falls. Striving towards finding the purest and most efficient forms of movements and to build body and spatial awareness. Imagery is a common tool Natalie uses to uncover the essence of a movement and ensure the class remains accessible to all. Natalie’s class is technical, yet highlights the importance of being able to abandon this when one chooses. You will be invited to work within your own physical capabilities whilst being encouraged to take risks, be guided by the music and contribute to and feed off of the energy in the room.

Natalie is passionate about encouraging the mind set that the differences between each other and the ways in which individuals dance should be embraced. The key to Natalie’s quality of teaching stems from staying connected to herself as a dancer and being able to read the people in the room. Natalie has taught numerous dance genres and individuals from the age of 2-80+ years old and so, all of her experiences combined enable her to be an empathetic presence, a highly driven teacher and to provide an open and energised environment to learn in.

Artist’s biography:

Born in Surrey, Natalie started dancing at the age of five at Susan Robinson’s School of Ballet and at the age of sixteen, began vocational training at Rambert School; graduating in 2013 with a First Class BA Honours Degree. Through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in 2016 and went on to gain a Masters Degree with Distinction, focused on Dance for Parkinson’s. 

As a dancer, Natalie has worked in various settings including on stage and in music/promotional videos and has performed works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She has worked with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company and artists including Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe. Natalie has also performed in her own choreographies, toured South West England in Mark Bruce’s ‘The Odyssey’ and performed twice at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Natalie has had the pleasure of teaching for establishments including Rambert School, Rambert (Company), Mark Bruce Company, Canada Water Studios, Musical Moving (Dance for Parkinson’s), London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Ballet Boost, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and an extensive number of children’s dance schools and adult classes around Surrey.

Class description:

This course is designed for participants aged 60 and over with some dance experience. These carefully planned, fun and engaging sessions will use a variety of dance techniques and improvisation tasks to challenge you physically and creatively. The course will enable dancers to build strength and to develop their technique and musicality at an appropriate pace and level.

Times: 10:30-12:00
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Day: Thursday
Level: Open
Style: Contemporary