Dena’s fun and invigorating class will encourage development in technique and performative skills through an extended technique class; longer phrase work and short repertory. Her teaching style encourages creativity through her imaginative movement style whilst also underpinning precision in technique.
This workshop is designed for participants aged 60 and over with some dance experience. This carefully planned, fun and engaging session will use a variety of dance techniques and improvisation tasks to challenge you physically and creatively.
After completing her training Dena went to dance for Matthew Bourne taking on roles including Ferral and Flossie in Sleeping Beauty; Cupid and Marshmallow in the Nutcracker; and Betty and Mabel in Cinderella. She also worked as an Assistant to the Tour Director of Lord of the Flies. She co-choreographed Something Inside So Strong for Arcola Theatre with direction by Viv Berry, words by Danny Braverman, and lyrics by Labi Siffre (2016). As movement director she has worked for Samling's production of L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Sage Gateshead (2015) and director Emma Rivlin on operatic productions that include Belshazzar, Trinity Laban, the Grimebourne Season Arcola Theatre and the first UK staging of Fiesque in association with UCLU, Bloomsbury Theatre. Dena co-choreographed Walk The Talk for Wales National Youth Dance Company (2004). She has created and performed Impromptu with saxophonist Andrew Worthy, The Dome in Brighton. She was assistant Artistic Director for JazzXchange Music & Dance Company (2004) and performed with the company in the original production of Lucky For Some with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Barbican (2004). Dena was a featured dancer in the film Mrs Henderson Presents directed by Stephen Frears (2005). Dena is currently an associate lecturer at Chichester University, a faculty member at Legat School of Contemporary Dance and Ballet and a certified Body Control Matwork Pilates Instructor.
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place