Contemporary Dance & Choreography

A fun and physical course that allows dancers to challenge themselves with new movement techniques and explore choreographic ideas and performance.

Specifically for teens and young adults, this course allows dancers with some movement or dance experience to challenge themselves physically and creatively, building towards a group choreography. Together we’ll sweat, think, feel, explore and have plenty of fun.

Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. We will focus on coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm and memory, building confidence, resilience, creative thinking and collaborative skills.

Enrol
  • Afternoons. Monday to Friday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • For teens & young adults - 15 to 25 years
  • Intermediate, Advanced
  • Places available

Course Info

This course is suitable for young adults aged fifteen to twenty-five with some dance or movement training in any style. If you’re looking to try something new, challenge yourself or are training as a dancer, this is for you.

This course not only engages participants’ coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm and memory, they also build confidence, resilience, creative thinking and collaborative skills.

Together we’ll sweat, think, feel, explore and have plenty of fun.

We will start each day with a fun and wide-ranging technique class to warm up and gather skills and physical information.

We will then move into choreographic explorations, looking at ways of thinking about movement and space.

Dancers are guided through their experience with support and encouragement to try new ways of moving, thinking and expressing themselves. We will draw from the history of contemporary dance and various physical and creative practices, including improvisation, partner work, original movement invention and composition.

Students will have the opportunity to contribute thoughts, ideas and choreography devised through tasks, exercises and experiments in movement, individually and as a group, building towards a short piece.

 


 

The classes bring together imaginative and anatomical information, thinking inside and outside the body. We will be practical and treat ourselves well, dance with the bodies we have and find possibilities we never knew we had. With a gradual warm-up of body and mind, this class will give you new tools and plenty of preparation in the lead-up to some expansive phrase material.

This course is suitable for young adults aged fifteen to twenty-five with some dance or movement training in any style.

To be supplied by participant

Comfortable clothes you can move in

Socks

Runners

Notebook and pens

Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment.

It is a constantly shifting dance form without a syllabus or defining movements- it is not restricted to any one style of movement or music.

It can be danced by anyone and everyone, with each dancer finding their own dance vocabulary and expression. Contemporary dance is more than a style. It’s an art form, a culture, and about the potential of every body; it’s about people; it empowers the individual and creates community.

Sarah Aiken
Course Tutor

Sarah Aiken

SARAH AIKEN is a Melbourne-based teacher and choreographer from Bellingen NSW, whose work investigates assemblage, scale and the self, looking at the roles of audience, performer, subject and object and connecting tangibly with audiences to consider performance as a site for empathy & exchange.

Her works incorporate object, video, technology, sound and light to create theatrical experiences that explore complex ideas with generosity and humour.

Sarah is co-director of Deep Soulful Sweats, working with Rebecca Jensen to create work that engages rigorously with participation, waste and a reckless formalism, recycling content to consider materiality and how we come together. Their works invite the audience into the work, shifting the hierarchy of performance and creating a cathartic, exhilarating and deeply communal experience.

Sarah has presented work nationally and internationally, including Dance Massive, Arts Centre Melbourne, Castlemaine State Festival, Dancehouse (Housemate Resident XIV), The Substation/LGI, Keir Choreographic Awards (finalist 2014 & 2016), VCA, Brisbane Festival, PICA, Ian Potter Museum, Immigration Museum, Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie (Paris), and Dancemakers Toronto. In 2022 she premiered her new work, Make Your Life Count, at Arts House.

An Australia Council artist in resident at HIAP, Helsinki 2022 and a recipient of the Creators Fund and Performance Space Micro-fellowship, Sarah has an expanded choreographic practice and is developing new works for stage, screen and exhibition contexts.