Company class – guest teachers for June and July

23 May 2014

Company Class: Guest teachers  for June and July

3 – 6 June:  Martin Corri will be teaching ballet to Phoenix for the first time in June.

Martin was born in Southend-on-sea, and studied the Checcetti technique at the Royal Ballet School.  He danced for 10 years with the Netherlands Dance Theatre, under the direction of Jiri Kylian, working with William Forsyth, Matz Ek, Nacho Duato, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, and Paul Lightfoot.  He then joined the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel as a dancer and teacher.  During his 16 years in Israel, he taught at all the major dance companies either as a guest teacher or in the capacity of Rehearsal Director including Bat Sheva Ensemble and Bat Sheva Dance Company, KCDC, Emanuel Gat, and Kombina.  Now based in London, he has recently been guest teacher for Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark, National Dance Company of Wales, Balletboyz and the Vienna Festival Ballet.

16 – 20 June Phoenix are pleased to welcome back Odette Hughes – Associate Director of Random Dance for a week of invigorating contemporary classes

7 – 11 July: Phoenix will be exploring the gaga technique with Natalia Iwaniec

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and gaga teacher based in between Poland and UK. She finished her Master’s in Theater in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw in Poland, where she studied contemporaray dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and traditional Polish folk dance. She has taught contemporary dance and improvisation in studios and with theater groups in her home country and abroad