Summer Training Intensive 2011

The Summer Training Intensive for 2011 will take place from Monday to Friday, February 7 - 18, 2011.
Our seasonal training features some of the best contemporary dance and movement teachers in Australia.

Feb 7 - Phillip Adams
Feb 8 - Sandra Parker
Feb 9 - Jo Lloyd
Feb 10 - Sandra Parker
Feb 11 - Natalie Cursio

Feb 14
- Carlee Mellow
Feb 15 - Carlee Mellow
Feb 16 - Jo Lloyd
Feb 17 - Becky Hilton
Feb 18 - Becky Hilton

Phillip Adams
February 7

"This class involves a structured warm up that leads to a technically demanding phrase. Emphasis is on clarity and precision whilst moving through states of highly complex material yet remaining released in the moment."

Phillip Adams has created some of Australia's most provocative and sensational choreography. As Artistic Director of BalletLab, Phillip has developed a reputation for creating contemporary dance works that encompass a diversity of artistic forms and new media. Having spent a decade performing and working in New York, Adams returned to Australia in 1997 and established the groundbreaking company BalletLab.

Phillip has been commissioned by several leading national and international dance and theatre companies including The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Guongdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Nederlands), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), among many others. Phillip is regularly in demand as an educator, both in Melbourne and internationally. His works are regularly remounted across tertiary institutions in Australia, ensuring his influence amongst the next generation of Australian contemporary dancers.

Sandra Parker
February 8 & 10

For dancers interested in deepening their awareness and engagement with their physicality, this class will begin by practicing attention to the inner-felt body, specifically focusing on the bodies 'surface' and 'depth'. Structures for improvisation will be offered to practice moving with heightened awareness, expanding our resources for physical emphasis, intention and dynamic expression in performance.

Sandra Parker is a Melbourne based choreographer/director/teacher who makes and produces multi-art form works. In 2007, Sandra Parker established SANDRA PARKER DANCE to continue the development, presentation and promotion of her work, presenting The View From Here at the Joyce Soho in New York City. In 2007 she began developing Out of Light, and created Playhouse for the Guandong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou, China during an Asialink residency.

Recent work includes The Very Still (2009) and Before Curtain for the VCA (2010). In December 2010 Sandra will present Transit, a solo work for Phoebe Robinson at Horti Hall, with funding assistance from Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Jo Lloyd
February 9 & 16

Jo Lloyd - This class will give you the opportunity to focus on preparing your system for moving. It will include simple warming exercises followed by a detailed choreographed phrase. If you are keen to explore your own movement tendencies while working with a set sequence, come along for a dance!

Jo Lloyd recently performed recently presented Project Blah Blah, which consisted their work Perfect Pairs and Odd Couples, in Hong Kong with Deanne Butterworth This was supported by Dancehouse in association with STRUT dance (Perth), Global Japan Network and Hong Kong Dance Alliance. Jo has been performing, choreographing and teaching throughout Australia and overseas since graduating from the VCA in 1995. Jo has performed in the works of Shelley Lasica, Chunky Move, Sandra Parker, Prue Lang, David Rosetzky, and Frances d'Ath.

Natalie Cursio
February 11

This class will be a playful and energetic mash-up of technical, improvisational and choreographic ideas where participants will be encouraged to engage with the architecture of the studio. Natalie is also hoping to find a way to incorporate Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run into the mix "I've always wanted to make a piece using this track so perhaps this class will the start of something..."

Over the last 15 years Natalie Cursio has been a prolific choreographer, performer, curator, producer, educator and mentor. Her work has been presented both across Asia and nationally. Natalie was awarded an Asialink Residency in 2006 and has been nominated for both Victorian Green Room and Australian Dance Awards. She now operates under the title of Nat Cursio Co. creating her own work and producing curated projects, showcasing other Australian choreographers.

Carlee Mellow
February 14 & 15

Carlee Mellow works in dance, theatre and film as a performer, choreographer, collaborator and teacher in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked with some of Australia's leading companies including BalletLab, Chunky Move & Dance Works and many independent choreographers both nationally and internationally over the last 14 years. In 2006 Carlee received a professional development grant from the Australia Council to study in Berlin and work with episode an improvisation collective in Paris. Since then she has been developing her own 'real-time performance' practice, creating and presenting work of this nature in Australia. Her work has been presented in Melbourne and Berlin. Alongside her own practice she choreographs for theatre and opera including Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, 9minds Theatre Company and Oz Opera.

"In my class I aim to offer a way of working where the individual can work with their own facility and ideosyncracies within set movement phrases. I will draw attention to the way we listen to our body and how it responds using specific points of initiation to move from. We will look at the function of using tension and release simultaneously and open up the possibility of class being performance, being practice, being class, being performance, being...."

Becky Hilton
February 17 & 18

Becky returns with her contemporary technique class. A simple anatomically based warm up is followed by more complex phrase material, challenging co ordination patterns, exploring habits and tendencies, identifying who we are and what we do in order to take control of our learning experience. There is a particular focus on moving efficiently and easily, fully and clearly.

Rebecca Hilton worked for thirteen years in New York (eight of them in the Stephen Petronio Company) and has performed, choreographed and taught in various capacities in many different countries over several decades. She has contributed to the work of Lucy Guerin, Tere O'Connor, Michael Clark, Mathew Barney and many others. Recently she has been performing in New York with the John Jasperse Company, creating 'GO' a giant community event at Footscray Community Arts Centre, teaching for VCA, Chunky Move and e,x.e.r.c.e 6M1L (Montpellier) and curating the artistic program for Stompin in Launceston.

Where: Dancehouse, 150 Princes St. Carlton North 3054 - Upstairs Studio
Dates:  Feb 7 - 18 (Monday to Friday Only)
Time:   10.00 am - 11.30 am
Costs:  10 classes block $140 full $120 conc $100 members
            5 Classes block $75 full $65 conc $55 members
            & Casual classes $16 full $14 conc $12 members.

You can book for one, five or ten sessions simply contact, Bridget at Tel: 03 9347 2860.

Please note: Full payment is required by the first class. Refunds only available if your place in the class is filled.