NEW STYLES – 9-14 April

New Styles – workshop & classes fundraiser week

Classes and Workshops
Monday 9 – Saturday 14 April | Various times | £6 per class / workshop (minimum donation)
Book online or pay on the door

Chisenhale Dance Space presents a week of NEW classes and workshops for everyone – experienced dancers and novices, young and old. NEW STYLES is a fundraising initiative for the organisation as well as a celebration of experimentation with dance, having fun and discovering something new!

In collaboration with University of East London students, we have put together a varied programme of classes for teenagers and adults to get the whole family moving in the Easter Holidays. You can explore familiar and unfamiliar genres of dance including contemporary, house and lindy hop, as well as conditioning classes for professional and non-professional dancers. We even have Yoga for Teens to help ease that pre-exam season anxiety.

UEL students will be bringing a range of fresh, vibrant urban dance workshops  to Chisenhale Dance Space, leading classes in House, Locking and Hip Hop. End the week at our Hip Hop Jam for all the family!

Chisenhale Dance Space is a Member-led organisation and a registered charity supporting experimentation in dance and performance, with our Studios being an affordable resource for the wider dance community. Funds raised from New Styles will go towards our public-facing artistic programme, supporting artists to create and present new work as part of our programme, and for artists to work with the local, non-professional dance community through classes and projects for all ages. CDS is a registered charity which receives no core funding.

There are other ways to support Chisenhale Dance Space, find out how here.


Timetable

 


Class Descriptions

Contemporary Dance Workshop – with Feet off the Ground – Set technical exercises, simple and fun improvisation tasks, dynamic travelling phrases and partner work. Dancers are encouraged to explore efficiency in movement through the use of momentum and weight as well as finding ease, fluidity and power in the body. Feet off the Ground Dance invite participants to be spontaneous and daring in the types and quality of the movement vocabulary, challenging their choices, familiarity and physicality.
Age: 12+
Ability: Some dance experience required
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Contemporary Fusion – with UEL – This class will consist of a fusion of contemporary and urban dance techniques, exploring the connections of fluidity and isolations. This class will help you to connect with your body and discover new limits.
Age: 12+
Ability: Some dance experience required
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Dance Fitness – with UEL – This class combines dance movement and fitness exercises to give you a burst of energy and improve stamina in a fun and friendly environment. Whether you dance regularly or are looking for a fun new workout can join this energetic exercise session, this class can be for everyone, from teens to parents – so get fit and moving with your family and friends!
Age: 12+
Ability: Any
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Hip-Hop Grooves – with UEL – This exciting throwback class will explore party dances, old school hip hop grooves, seen in social urban dance styles. With one class for teens and adults, and one for younger children, there is something for everyone, and the whole family is invited to join in at the Hip Hop Jam after from 12-1pm.
Hip Hop Grooves 5- 11 yrs – Book here
Hip Hop Grooves Age 12+ – Book here
Ability: Any

House Dance – with UEL – Within this class we will be exploring basic foundations of house dance and exploring different house foundations and different ways to use the ‘jack’. Jacking developed in the late 1980s, and is especially associated with Chicago house music. Just as house music evolved from disco, jacking came from the expressiveness of disco dancing. As house music evolved, the dance and movement associated with house also began to change.
Age: 16+
Ability: Any
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Lindy Hop – with Angela Andrew Lindy Hop (often known as Swing dance) is an African-American partner dance originating in the late 1920s Jazz Era. In the most part, it was developed in ballrooms across the USA – most notably The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York. The dance’s popularity peaked in the mid-1940s and was featured often as a speciality act in many Hollywood movies such as Hellzapoppin’. Despite a musical shift after WW2, the Lindy Hop continued to be enjoyed socially throughout the US, UK and other countries.

  • Taster Class – you will learn the basics of this fun dance and a few extra moves to add some spice to your step!! No partner needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear.
    Age: 16+
    Ability: Any
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  • The Shed – a guided training session for experienced dancers who wish to deepen their knowledge of Lindy Hop as an art-form and their own dance style / practise
    Age: Adults
    Ability: Experienced dancers
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Locking – with UEL – Locking based on the concept of locking movements, freezing from a fast movement and “locking” in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. This groovy Locking class will teach participants the foundations of locking, delving in to Musicality and movement drills. You will then combine these drills/techniques in to a funky routine.
Age: 12+
Ability: Some dance experience required
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Klein Technique™ – with Antonio de la Fe – Since 2010, Antonio has been influenced by his studies in this technique and he has applied concepts and principles to his own practice and teaching. These classes will be part of Antonio’s practical teaching experience towards his certification in the technique. The best way to get to know what is Klein Technique™ is to experience it first hand. You can expect breathing, stretching and possibly finding and making connections in your body. The classes will approximately be one hour and a half long and it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement. The pace will be slow. Bring socks and extra layers to keep yourself warm. You may want to read what Susan Klein says about the technique. You can do so by clicking here.
Age: Adults
Ability: Some dance experience required
(Limited to 15 people per session)
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Moving Night – with Shakti Orion – Moving Night is a gathering where the grooviness and joy of dancing together is celebrated. Participants will dance, learn new steps and improvise to live music. The class warms up learning traditional movements and contemporary ones, paying close attention to the drum rhythms, and later evolves into improvisation an expressive, improvised jam of dance and music. You are welcome to bring your own instruments if you wish, we will have some percussive instruments for anyone who is interested to try. We look forward to seeing you on the dancefloor!​
Age: Adults
Ability: Any
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Rhythmical Dance – with Mónika Sümegi – Learn about the relationship between rhythm and movement in this high energy class. Taking influences from Flamenco and Kathak (Indian classical), this class will teach you different ways of counting, feeling, clapping and accenting.
Age: 16+
Ability: Any
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Jammy Dodgers – Dance for 2 – 4 yr olds – with Josephine Dyer – This is a class where 2-4 year olds move together with parents/carers. We explore different types and qualities of movement, including making shapes and patterns, imaginative tasks and responding to music. This class will have a Spring theme, so expect some rolling, hopping and skipping (and some crazy running around!). Jo Dyer has trained in Contemporary dance, Contact Improvisation and in education. She has choreographed and performed her work in the UK and abroad as well as working with other choreographers. She currently teaches in a variety of settings and performs with Bicycle Ballet.
Age: 2-4 yrs (and parent / guardian)
Ability: Any
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Yoga for Teens: Flow to be Active, Calm, Focused, and Happy – with Ashley Handel – In this class we will explore some of the fundamental aspects of yoga that help us navigate our emotions and bodies during this sometimes confusing and stressful time. We will work on strengthening our bodies, stretching to increase mobility (and maybe release some endorphins, making us feel happier!), quieting our minds to increase our ability to focus, and learning how to breathe fully and deeply. This class invites all young people to participate.
Age: 12+
Ability: Any
Book here