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Summer Dance Intensive

Learn about the course below
Start
24 July 2017
Duration
Five days
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£250
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?

Below is an indication of the course content for the Summer Dance Intensive held in 2016. The course content for the next Summer Dance Intensive will be released in January 2017.

Monday

Musician: Alex Heino, percussion

ClassDescriptionTutor

MDX Dance Warm Up

A sequence that has been developed by Middlesex Dance tutors to prepare the body to engage with the programme's core dance techniques.

Bryony Cooper

Graham-Based Technique (Cohan Method)

At Middlesex we have a strong focus on the Cohan method of Graham-based technique. This is due to the prolific influence Robert Cohan CBE has had on UK dance and the direct lineage between his work and the faculty that teach in our department. The technique classes encourage an understanding of the essence of the Martha Graham vocabulary and Cohan's considered elements of dance - Centring, Breathing, Gravity, Balance, Posture, Gesture, Rhythm and Moving in Space.

Anne Donnelly

Cunningham-Based Technique

Cunningham-based technique at Middlesex aims to train the body to master a range of possibilities with an emphasis on rhythm, musicality, speed and control. Cunningham's four fundamental principles, upright, curve, arch and tilt, develop strength, articulation and coordination. Movement can be sequenced counter-intuitively to expand the dancer's perception of what is possible.

Sian Hopkins

Rep 1: Jazz

Jazz Dance as Middlesex University is delivered primarily through studio-based classes and workshops encompassing different jazz styles to develop stylistic detail and physical dexterity. This workshop slot will focus on Hip Hop choreography with influences of Lyrical and Street Jazz, Popping and Locking. The learning of sequences and a routine will further develop participants' performance skills and technical artistry.

Leroy Dias Dos Santos

Dance Performance

Performances from current students and alumni in our Grove Dance Theatre.

 

Tuesday

Musician: Jake Shirley, cello

ClassDescriptionTutor
MDX Dance Warm Up

A sequence that has been developed by Middlesex Dance tutors to prepare the body to engage with the programme's core dance techniques.

Bryony Cooper

Humphrey-Based Technique

This technique began to evolve in the late 1920s, and is based on the 'giving in' to and 'resistance' to gravity. Within this there are key elements of suspension, use of breath, successional flow, oppositional motion and change of weight. This dance training develops dancers' strength, musicality and sense of individual artistry.

Louise Kelsey

Release-Based Technique

Release technique seeks to explore efficiency in moving through developing understanding of the connectivity of mind-body-breath. Release at Middlesex is underpinned by Bartenieff Fundamentals (a system of total mind-body integration used by dancers and non-dancers alike) allowing participants to explore the interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity in movement. Classes focus on exploring efficiency in movement, heightening sensory awareness through improvisation before progressing to play through more multi-directional and dynamic movement material.

Helen Kindred

Rep 2: Contemporary

High energy dance theatre workshop that combines in-depth floor work, partner work and improvisation. This workshop will focus on stylistic technical skills and the development of a short performance.

Matt Lackford

Creative Spaces

An opportunity for participants to meet and move with current students of the BA Dance programmes and professional tutors. Creative Spaces is an interdisciplinary jam that brings together improvised jazz music, creative drawing and dance.

 

Wednesday

Musician: Alex Heino, percussion

ClassDescriptionTutor
MDX Dance Warm Up

A sequence that has been developed by Middlesex Dance tutors to prepare the body to engage with the programme's core dance techniques.

Bryony Cooper

Ballet

Ballet is the core foundation for many other styles of dance, including jazz and contemporary. Ballet at Middlesex progresses towards exercises that strengthen and articulate the body, developing coordination, stamina and flexibility. These fundamental principles help to prevent injuries whilst developing dancers' rhythm, musicality, speed and control.

Sian Hopkins

Graham-Based Technique (Cohan Method)

At Middlesex we have a strong focus on the Cohan method of Graham-based technique. This is due to the prolific influence Robert Cohan CBE has had on UK dance and the direct lineage between his work and the faculty that teach in our department. The technique classes encourage an understanding of the essence of the Martha Graham vocabulary and Cohan's considered elements of dance - Centring, Breathing, Gravity, Balance, Posture, Gesture, Rhythm and Moving in Space.

Anne Donnelly

Rep 1: Jazz

Jazz Dance as Middlesex University is delivered primarily through studio-based classes and workshops encompassing different jazz styles to develop stylistic detail and physical dexterity. This workshop slot will focus on Hip Hop choreography with influences of Lyrical and Street Jazz, Popping and Locking. The learning of sequences and a routine will further develop participants' performance skills and technical artistry.

Leroy Dos Santos

Masterclass

This high impact, challenging, yet extremely fun masterclass draws on your contemporary training but with a Cuban twist! Your physical technical and performance skills will be nurtured as you explore stylistic qualities and rhythms influenced from the Caribbean.

Shelley Maxwell

Thursday

Musician: Jake Shirley, cello

ClassDescriptionTutor

MDX Dance Warm Up

A sequence that has been developed by Middlesex Dance tutors to prepare the body to engage with the programme's core dance techniques.

Bryony Cooper

Humphrey-Based Technique

This technique began to evolve in the late 1920s, and is based on the 'giving in' to and 'resistance' to gravity. Within this there are key elements of suspension, use of breath, successional flow, oppositional motion and change of weight. This dance training develops dancers' strength, musicality and sense of individual artistry.

Louise Kelsey

Release-Based Technique

Release technique seeks to explore efficiency in moving through developing understanding of the connectivity of mind-body-breath. Release at Middlesex is underpinned by Bartenieff Fundamentals (a system of total mind-body integration used by dancers and non-dancers alike) allowing participants to explore the interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity in movement. Classes focus on exploring efficiency in movement, heightening sensory awareness through improvisation before progressing to play through more multi-directional and dynamic movement material.

Helen Kindred

Rep 2: Contemporary

High energy dance theatre workshop that combines in-depth floor work, partner work and improvisation. This workshop will focus on stylistic technical skills and the development of a short performance.

Matt Lackford

Friday

Musician: Alex Heino, percussion

ClassDescriptionTutor

MDX Dance Warm Up

A sequence that has been developed by Middlesex Dance tutors to prepare the body to engage with the programme's core dance techniques.

Bryony Cooper

Graham-Based Technique (Cohan Method)

At Middlesex we have a strong focus on the Cohan method of Graham-based technique. This is due to the prolific influence Robert Cohan CBE has had on UK dance and the direct lineage between his work and the faculty that teach in our department. The technique classes encourage an understanding of the essence of the Martha Graham vocabulary and Cohan's considered elements of dance - Centring, Breathing, Gravity, Balance, Posture, Gesture, Rhythm and Moving in Space.

Anne Donnelly

Cunningham-Based Technique

Cunningham-based technique at Middlesex aims to train the body to master a range of possibilities with an emphasis on rhythm, musicality, speed and control. Cunningham's four fundamental principles, upright, curve, arch and tilt, develop strength, articulation and coordination. Movement can be sequenced counter-intuitively to expand the dancer's perception of what is possible.

Sian Hopkins

Rehearsal

Participants work with tutors to develop and refine movement from the workshop sessions in preparation for the evening sessions.

Louise Kelsey

Sharing

An opportunity for participants to share extracts from across the week in an evening performance in our Grove Dance Theatre. This will be an open performance for the Dance Faculty and participants' friends and family to attend.

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.

Helen Kindred MFA, PGCHE
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Helen Kindred joined Middlesex University in 2007. Helen teaches release-based technique, choreography, community dance and professional practice on the undergraduate dance programmes and co-leads the MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy. Helen holds an MFA (Choreography) from Roehampton University and is currently engaged in doctorate study at Middlesex exploring dialogues between pedagogic and performance practice through the use of dance improvisation.

Helen trained initially at Roehampton University completing further training in the USA at Goucher College, Baltimore, working with New York based choreographer Doug Varone. Helen has toured with Modem Dance Company, London and Daghdha Dance Company, Republic of Ireland, beginning her teaching career at the Parnell School for the Performing Arts, Dublin. Helen was Artistic Director of Hertsdance, (DanceDigital) 2001-2004, and has been active as a choreographer for the past 11 years presenting work at Kraushaar Auditorium, USA, Michaelis Theatre, London, St. Alban’s Arena and the George Wenham Theatre, Hertfordshire, Harlow Playhouse, Essex, The Bull Theatre, Barnet, Lakeview Theatre, London, SIFDANS, at Bedford University, The Pentland Theatre, Arts Depot, London, Grove Theatre, London and via on-line arts events at www.eleven.org.uk.

During her time at Middlesex Helen has worked as an Artistic Assessor for the Arts Council England (2009-2011) and served as an Executive Board Member for DanceHE. Helen is currently an External Examiner at Roehampton University and co-curator and resident choreographer for the TRIP project (Turning Research Ideas into Practice) with DancingStrong.

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, Will.i.am, 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.

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