Improvisation into Performance

Improvisation into Performance

Tuesdays, 7-9pm
with Lewys Holt (5 weeks) & Steph McMann (5 weeks)
Drop-in: £13/£11 concession
10 week course : £125 per term
30 April – 2 July, no class 28 May
(9 July date cancelled)

Level: Open
For students 18+ only
Performance Studio

Develop, dismantle, begin and expand your practice

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This 10 week course is open to all experience levels and will be chance to practice/develop/begin/continue/expand/refine/explore/dismantle/rebuild your practice of improvisation. Through these sessions Lewys and Steph will share ideas and methods from their dancing to fuel your individual practice. We will also explore and develop structures through which to improvise together as a group, for an audience at the end of the course (week 10).

Lewys’ and Steph’s desire to run this course comes from a shared interest in attempting to resist judgement, so we might be able to best sustain our articulate and available moving self. How can we bring our whole selves to our dancing? Taking time to notice what we think about while moving/performing, in exchange with others. How can we take the weight off having to produce and instead practice being with and responding to the present moment (and end up ‘producing’ anyway). We will start from what’s there and see where we go.

The sessions will be split into a structure of solo movement exploration in the first hour and in the second hour we will explore scores for performance. Performing for each other and developing structures together.

Join the course now or try a £10 taster class before you book.
The price of your taster class can be applied to your full-term booking.

Image: Tetrad Collective with participants 2017, photo by Matthew Cawrey

About the Instructor:

Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. Born in Mold in North Wales and raised in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Lewys graduated from the De Montfort University Dance BA course with a first class degree in 2013, he went on to graduate from an MA in Performance Practices from De Montfort University the following year.

His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation, taking influences from Skinner releasing technique, Open Source Forms and Contact improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, New Art Club, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen. Lewys has taught in many independent settings as well as having taught dance and performing arts at BA and MA levels at both De Montfort University and The University of Lincoln.

Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Lucy Suggate, Julie Cunningham, Janine Harrington, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small Sally Doughty and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanie’s film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She was a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist (2015-2018) and is a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, who’s latest commission began in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay.

Terms and Conditions

Course/class bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received.

Payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Classes paid for must be used in the term that payment is taken.

Concession rates are available to the following groups, proof required on the first day of class:
– Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
– Full-time students (in possession of valid NUS or ISIC cards)
– If you are over the age of 65

Additional information


10 week course, Taster class 30/4/19 (Lewys Holt), 10 weeks concession, Drop-in Regular, Drop-in Concession