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Open Source Arts
Unit 1A, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road, LS3 1JL Leeds
If you have ever fancied having a go at contemporary dance, but felt intimidated or thought you had missed the boat — then this three week taster course is for you!
This course provides the opportunity for enthusiastic adults to learn the basics of contemporary technique together in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment.
The emphasis will be on opening up new pathways in the body, finding a sense of ease and freedom, and promoting positive body awareness, functional movement, integration and health.
No, you won't have to 'be a tree' — but yes, you will begin to learn the basics, slowly and organically — from alignment to coordination, musicality and beyond :)
The class will also offer a sense of ownership and possibility, allowing space for guided play and experimentation, and providing practical tools with which to approach our dancing with confidence.
By week three, you will undoubtedly feel more connected to the intelligence of your moving body, and most importantly, you will have have enjoyed doing it!
**There are plans in the pipeline to start a regular drop-in class, so there will be the option to progress further & expand your skills in future!**
This course will be facilitated by Izzy Brittain.
Izzy is a Leeds based Dance Artist, whose work crosses disciplines and spans performing, teaching and making. Having trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance as a mature student, Izzy then went on to complete an MA touring, performing and teaching as part of Transitions Dance Company.
Izzy continued her teaching practice with Laban CAT scheme and became lead dance artist on the Let's Dance pilot scheme in Kent. She has continued to teach in a diverse range of contexts including; freelance work with groups of adults with learning disabilities and young people on the autistic spectrum, on BTEC and Foundation level courses in FE colleges and in a variety of community settings.
Previous projects and performances include 'Book of Dave' Newfangled Micro-commission with Louise Fazackerley (The Turnpike) ‘Yorkshire Women R&D’ (Company of Others), The Last Knit (Yorkshire Dance), AO&E by Scatterlings (Resolution, SVN Scratch, Unison NHS D&I conference, Migration Matters).
Izzy is one of the coordinators of the Dance Open Training programme at Open Source Arts, and is also developing a sideline in cosmic dancercise via the medium of Rainbow Riddims
She is passionate about creativity, community and collaboration, and is committed to breaking down barriers to accessing dance wherever possible. Izzy believes that everyone is a dancer, and looks forward to moving with you :)
**N.B. Places on this course have been reduced in order to allow all participants ample space to fling their limbs around! As space is limited & this course sold out when it first ran in May, early booking is strongly advised!
Pricing: £20 earlybird before 22nd August / £22 after