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Summer Dance Intensive

Learn about the course below
24 July 2017
Five days
Course leader
Anne Donnelly

Ideal for students considering full-time dance study, our five day Summer Dance Intensive is your opportunity to experience practical, professional training at one of the UK’s leading universities for dance.

Why study Summer Dance Intensive at Middlesex University?

This intensive course aims to prepare students for undergraduate study at Middlesex, if you are thinking of entering postgraduate study please see our Dance and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive page.

Running from 24 - 28 July, our course is taught by esteemed tutors and industry professionals in excellent training facilities allowing participants to energise their passion and develop the essential skills and knowledge needed for full time dance study at university level.

Course highlights

  • Outstanding staff with specialist expertise
  • The opportunity to train in pioneering contemporary dance techniques
  • Daily practical technique classes with live accompaniment
  • Workshops with industry professionals
  • Vibrant London campus with excellent facilities
  • Additional twilight programme at no extra cost
  • End of week sharing open to friends and family

What will you study on Summer Dance Intensive?

For full details of the course content for the Summer Dance Intensive, please see the timetable.

For further information please contact Bryony Cooper:

Anne Donnelly
Associate Professor, Director of Dance Programmes Middlesex University

Anne had a long career as a dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, (under the name Anne Went), performing internationally including at the Olympic Arts Festivals at both the Los Angeles 1984 and the Seoul Olympics 1988. She left LCDT in 1989 to study alternative medicine and fitness training. For a short while in 1990 Anne returned to LCDT as a guest dancer and teacher. She quickly became in demand as a teacher and from this point on devoted her time to passing on the physical knowledge she had experienced herself from eminent dance artists.

In 1993 Anne became the rehearsal director and company teacher of the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), working closely with the late John Chesworth, (Director) for a further eight years. She has served on the board of DanceUK (now One Dance UK ) and Hertsdance (now DanceDigital),  and on various validation panels including the Hong Kong Council for Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). She was appointed as the academic staff representative on the Middlesex University Assurance Committee of Academic Board 2013-16 and is the current Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee for Media and Performing Arts.

In September 2014 Anne came out of, ‘performance retirement’ to dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London and was nominated, alongside the cast of the Elders Project, for the Lawrence Olivier Award for the most outstanding achievement in Dance.

Anne continues to work closely with the eminent Robert Cohan CBE (visiting Professor Middlesex University) – her research coheres around the health and training methods for contemporary dancers with specific focus on the mastery of Robert Cohan’s method of teaching.

For more information see Robert Cohan Teaching: body of knowledge.

Louise Kelsey MA, PGCHE
Programme Leader for Dance Performance

Louise initially joined the dance department as a Visiting Lecturer in 2009 teaching undergraduate Humphrey-based technique, choreography and performance. She was appointed within the faculty as a full-time Lecturer in Dance Technique in 2013 and continues to lecture on the BA Dance Programmes.

Louise holds a First Class BA Honours in Dance Performance and Masters in Choreography. She trained under the direction of Lesley Main and Kate Rogan to become a Humphrey-based teacher, and furthered her training in technique and pedagogy with Gail Corbin and Deborah Carr in Chicago USA in 2011. Louise worked under the direction of Lesley Main in re-staging Two Ecstatic Themes (1931), a solo by Doris Humphrey that was presented at Transmission: A Performance Symposium in 2014, and will perform this again in Chicago in autumn 2016. She has also learnt some of Humphrey’s most noted repertoire works, including Water Study (1928), The Shakers (1931), With My Red Fires (1936) and Passacaglia (1938), performing in repertory pieces in both the UK and USA.

Louise co-founded and is the current Artistic Director of Shaded Voice Dance Company, which is part of the Associate Artist Scheme at Middlesex University. As a choreographer her work spans from creating for children, to undergraduate dancers, to professionals. As well as creating works for her own company and Middlesex University she has staged collaborative productions with Delve Dance and Kansaze Dance. A notable choreographic highlight is her dance work for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas staged for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which was performed with BBC singers and Dame Emma Kirkby in 2012.

Bryony Cooper
Visiting Lecturer in Dance (Humphrey Technique)

Bryony holds a First Class BA Honours Degree in Dance Performance. In 2011 she was selected as part of her degree to study in the USA on the Dance Major programme at Goucher College. While there she trained intensively in all aspects of technique and performance, and performed as part of the Repertory Dance Ensemble in Fado Fado, a revised work by acclaimed choreographer, Rodger Belman.

Bryony trained specifically in the Humphrey Technique, and the Cohan method of Graham–based  technique and for her graduating performance performed in Lesley Main’s restaging of Humphrey’s Passacaglia (1938) Upon graduating, Bryony furthered her Humphrey training with Gail Corbin and Deborah Carr in Chicago USA, and as well as studying Humphrey Technique Pedagogy, also performed in Corbin’s restaging of The Shakers (1930) She returned to Chicago again in 2015 performing in Humphrey’s Water Study (1928) and also furthered her Graham studies with Sandra Kauffman, performing in a re-staging of Acts of Light (1981). Bryony spent time between 2013 and 2015 living in Israel, where she also trained daily in the gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the dancers of Batsheva Dance Company.

Bryony trained under the direction of Lesley Main and Louise Kelsey to take on the part -time role of Humphrey-based technique teacher for undergraduate students at Middlesex. She also writes frequently about performance for various online and magazine publications.

Sarah Sulemanji
Associate Lecturer in Dance Technique

Sarah began working at Middlesex University in 2010 where she continues to teach Graham-based technique across the undergraduate courses. She trained to a professional level at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York as a full time student from 2008-2010 and studied under highly acclaimed practitioners including Mari Thomas, Peggy Lyman, Denise Vale, Lynda Hodes and Virginie Mecene. She studied a variety of repertory throughout this time including Steps in the Street (1936), Night Journey (1947), Diversion of Angels (1948) and Acts of light (1981) a well as having the opportunity to perform in a new devised work by Kevin Predmore.

Sarah holds a First-Class Honours degree in Dance Performance as well as an MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy and has performed professionally in both the USA and UK. In 2012 she worked as a rehearsal assistant to Deborah Zall for the restaging of Kaddish (1945) as Kaddish For ten Women and Nocturne (1978) works by Anna Sokolow and Bertram Ross respectively. She is currently working alongside Anne Donnelly reconstructing and teaching the Robert Cohan work Tzaikerk (1967) as part of the repertory module for final year students.

Leroy Dos Santos
Visiting Lecturer in Dance (Jazz)

Leroy is a passionate dancer, choreographer, teacher and a social mentor. In 2007 he graduated from Middlesex University studying BA Dance Studies where he was able to develop his Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz technique. After graduating, he performed in theatre productions such as 'Carmen Jones' (2007) at The Royal Festival Hall, 'La Traviata' (2007) and 'Aida' (2008) conducted under The Welsh National Opera.

Leroy is also a former member of the Street Dance sensation Flawless, who were finalists on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (2009). Flawless have had great success in the entertainment industry featuring in movies such as ‘Street Dance 3D’ 1 and 2 by Vertigo films (2009), appearing on EastEnders - E20 BBC 1 (2010), being invited by HM The Queen for the 'Youths In The Arts' event at Buckingham Palace (2011) performing at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Kylie Minogue (2012) and also performing at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony (2012).

As well as performing in the industry, Leroy has also had the opportunity to choreograph and collaborate with Hackney Empire on ‘Mandem On The Wall’ Live Show (2015) and ‘Macbeth’ (2015-2016) and other artists on ‘Hosea’s Girl’ (2015) which was a Hip Hop spoken word play written by Anastasia Osei- Kuffour.

Leroy has currently been teaching at Springs Dance Company, Wac Arts and Middlesex University. Throughout his career Leroy has had the pleasure of meeting prestigious people such as HM The Queen, Prince Charles and other members of The Royal family, celebrities such as Jermaine Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jason Statham,, Jessie J, and working with artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Sugababes and choreographers such as Jermaine Brown, Rafael Bonachela, Shobana Jeyasingh, Mavin Khoo and companies such as The English National Ballet.

Matt Lackford

Matt started dancing in Heckmondwicke, West Yorkshire with an interest in musical theatre and acting. Matt undertook a performing arts course at college in Leeds, with a keen focus in dance. Matt began his professional training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating Matt joined EDge 11. Whilst in EDge Matt worked with choreographers Martin Forsburg, Jorge Crecis, Eva Recacha, Ben Duke and learnt repertoire from Jeremy James. Since graduating Matt has worked both nationally and internationally with Jorge Crecis, John Ross, Caroline Bowditch, Dam Van Huynh and Nuno Silva.

Matt has a keen interest in teaching and has worked for London Contemporary Dance School, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Highbury and Islington College, Central School of Ballet and Birkbeck University. Matt worked for three years as the Floorwork Lecturer for Birkbeck University.

In 2013, Matt co-founded HAL, a contemporary dance company with Thom Hands. They have choreographed for Greenwich Dance’s Divercity young choreographers showcase as well as for London Contemporary Dance School students. HAL has recently performed as part of Friends of Cloud Dance and Made up North with their new work, Weighting.

Shelley Maxwell
Visiting Lecturer in Dance

Shelley Maxwell has an impressive career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She has professionally performed in film, music videos, for television and on the West End. She has presented her work on multiple platforms and has been commissioned by various institutions and companies including the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, The Place and Rambert.

She also serves as a Movement Director for theatre and has most recently worked for both The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic. She has taught extensively at various HE institutions, and is employed as an animateur for the Rambert Dance Company and most recently a Teaching Artist for Disney Theatricals.

She trained as a dancer in Cuba and Jamaica and holds a Masters in Choreography from Laban. Her movement vocabulary is heavily physical with a strong relationship to music, sometimes echoing her roots from the Caribbean.

Siân Hopkins
Visiting Lecturer in Dance

Siân Hopkins trained at the Legat School of Dance from a young age, going on to gain a place at Rambert School, graduating in 2006.  She worked professionally with Inland Pacific Ballet as a soloist, and Stephanie Gilliland of Tongue Dance in California, and with Peter McCoy Dance Company in Munich.

Since her return to London, Siân has been a principal artist with Moving Visions Dance Theatre, and Rehearsal Director for the company since 2011. After gaining her MA from Rambert School in 2012, she has taught contemporary dance at institutions around the UK, as well as guest teaching in Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Canada.

Siân has choreographed for various cathedral based projects, Cantata Dramatica's operatic productions and Nexus Dance.

Maga Radlowska
Visiting Lecturer in Dance

Maga Radlowska is a dancer, performer, choreographer, improviser and teacher, graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School and from Middlesex University in London with an MA in Choreography. Maga has fifteen years professional experience in contemporary dance, physical theatre, contact improvisation and improvisation, and has created and performed in many pieces in international festivals across Europe and the Middle East. Maga has worked with companies, dancers and choreographers as diverse as Jose Vidal Company, Bettina Carpi, Paweł Matyasik and Nadar Rosano. In 2013 and 2014 Maga performed for Zawirowanie Dance Theatre in Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Croatia and Portugal. Maga has been nominated for scholarships and won several awards; most recently winning first prize in the Warsaw Polish Platform Choreography Contest. Her award-winning work in the community sector has been presented across Europe and attracted interest from national media. She regularly teaches workshops and leads dance projects in London and abroad.

Judy Difiore
Lecturer in Dance

Judy DiFiore joined Middlesex University in 2000 and currently lectures on the key aspects of safe dance practice which are encompassed within Anatomy, Science of Movement, Dance Science and Self & Performance. She is also responsible for co-ordinating and supporting student injuries in association with the rehab clinic run by London Sports Institute at Middlesex. Judy also organises and assesses the CYQ Exercise to Music teacher training programme which is offered to dance students as an extra-curricular qualification.

Judy trained at Laine Theatre Arts and danced professionally for several years before moving into the fitness industry. She spent 15 years at YMCA Fitness Industry Training as a tutor and assessor on their instructor training programmes and was responsible for the design, delivery and development of the CYQ Ante/Postnatal teacher training course. Whilst working in this specialist area Judy authored reference books for fitness instructors and healthcare professionals teaching exercise, as well as presenting at fitness and healthcare conferences around the UK.

Judy’s research interests include the management of hypermobility in dance training and she is currently investigating effective training methods to support dancers with swayback knees. A qualified sports massage therapist, Pilates and fitness instructor Judy is studying for an MSc in Sports Rehab with a particular focus on Dance.

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