Exciting dance opportunities for adults!

This Summer, NOCTURN brings you a range of one off weekend workshops, delivered by some of the top professional dancers from across the UK. Here's a little bit about each of the artists:

Saturday 21 July – Kip Johnson

Kip’s class is a mix of structured improvisation, set material and most importantly playfulness. The workshop will play with the cause and effect of contact and how to create a relaxed efficiency whilst moving together.

Based in the Bristol, Kip graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2009. Since graduating he has worked with Lea Anderson of the Cholmondeleys, Seke Chimutengwende, Ultima Vez, Vincent Dance Theatre, Protein Dance, Tilted Productions, Gecko and is currently touring Men and Girls Dance with Fevered Sleep. He has also taught professional classes at Greenwich Dance Agency, The Place and guest teaches at Bath Spa University and National Dance Company Wales.

Saturday 28 July – Sonia Rafferty

Sonia's dynamic class focuses on the idea of flow. The progressive technical material builds towards dynamic, lyrical and expressive sequences that are designed to challenge.

Sonia is Senior Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well as a freelance teacher, performer, choreographer, director, mentor, researcher and author. She regularly delivers masterclasses and workshops and frequently provides professional development for a wide range of companies. Over the last thirty years, Sonia has developed her personal philosophy of technical teaching, which is heavily influenced by Limón principles.

As an MSc Dance Science graduate, Sonia also uses her physiological and psychological knowledge to underpin her approach. She has been active in the development of dance-specific fitness work, and has published writing and research. Sonia is also a consultant in safe dance practice, co-founder of Safe in Dance International (SiDI) and co-author of a recently published Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective.

Saturday 11 August - Helen Parlor

Helen’s class will focus on low sense of gravity to achieve dynamic. Using shifting sequences to alter direction, focus and orientation. She will challenge your natural sense of direction.

Helen has been working as a contemporary dancer, performer, choreographer and director for over 20 years. Completing her degree in vocational dance training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Helen has gone on to professionally work with choreographers Scott Ambler (AMP), Jonathon Lunn, Nikky Smedley, Banksy, Yael Flexer, Jamie Watton, Motionhouse and Panta Rei Danseteater, Norway. Most recently Helen has created work for MAP from Chichester University.

Helen’s choreographic credits include creating the Paralympic Opening Ceremony London 2012 alongside Kevin Finnan, Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings alongside international tours of her own work Close Distance through her company Parlor Dance.

Helen lives and makes work in Milton Keynes and chairs the dance panel at Arts Gateway MK whilst artistically directing MÓTUS - a charity promoting dynamic and engaging dance from all styles in Milton Keynes; where she programmes nationally touring dance work in and around the city whilst creating national connections. Helen was recently the curator for a wide scale arts project across a new housing estate in Milton Keynes, designing and researching artists from all genres to be included within the programme.  Helen regularly mentors other artists in various stages of their career and works internationally as a rehearsal director, choreographer and facilitator. 

Saturday 18 August – Luke Birch

Luke’s class is a dynamic release based class to energise and awaken our dancing bodies. We will then explore improvisation and choreographic tasks to play with some of his current research ideas.

Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined EDge Dance Company at London Contemporary Dance School. Luke has performed for H2 Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (rehearsal director), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy. He has also worked on visual art projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition at The Hayward Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught for Greenwich Dance Agency, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Laban, Stavangar University (Norway) and Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance. Luke is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey and London Studio Centre.

If you like to sound of these you might like NOCTURN Adult Dance Week!