VERTICAL DANCE

Vertical Dance Harness Technique – Explorers/Improvers

10.15am – 11.45am
Space C, Upstage – Tutor Magalie Lanriot

Beginning with an introduction to the rigging kit, we’ll move through basic orientation and vocabulary and build towards learning jumps, somersaults towards the end of the week and linking choreography with the possibility for creative play.

Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. Long sleeved t-shirts are also handy for some moves. We usually work barefoot but you may also want to bring slim soled plimsolls or pumps for working on the wall – Feiyues are ideal!

Vertical Dance Doubles Technique – Intermediate upwards

12 -1.30pm
Space C, Upstage – Tutor Lee Clayden

Previous vertical dance experience is required, but not necessarily doubles and you don’t have to bring a partner.

In this class you’ll explore working in contact with a partner on the wall looking at how you can work together to create a vertical dance duet.

The class will also use material from Lee and Lindsey’s abseil duet ‘Why’ as a reference/starting point to inform your own investigations.

Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips & waist for your comfort. Long sleeved shirts are also handy for some moves.

If you have a preferred climbing harness & any kit (gri gris, rigs, carabiners etc), please bring them with you.

Vertical Dance Creative Lab – Improver up

2.30pm – 4.00pm
Space C, Upstage – Tutor Lindsey Butcher

You should have some single point harness experience to join this class and a basic understanding of the rigging equipment however the focus here is more about creative play and discovery than technique.

In this class, we’ll use guided improvisations to create material in solos, duets and as a group, finding creative tools to inspire and gently challenge your own process as an inquisitive body and mover.

Vertical Dance Harness Technique – Intermediate Up

4.15pm – 5.45pm
Space C, Upstage – Tutor Lindsey Butcher

Note: Strictly for aerialists with prior single point sit harness experience!

We’ll begin by revisiting and checking in with the aerial rigging used and some vertical dance technique foundations; moving through basic orientation and vocabulary before building towards more complex sequencing and challenging explorations to find your dance and creative expression on the wall.

Pre-requisites: You must have previously attended a vertical dance course or have significant single point harness experience on the wall. You should be familiar with, confident and competent in demonstrating:

● Planks on different planes
● Finding your balance point on feet or hands under the rigging point
● Jumping away and returning to the wall – with control!
● Some experience of rotations (basic forward & back somys) and cartwheels on the wall.

None of these have to be perfect though, just available to you!

Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. Long sleeved shirts are also handy for some moves and you may also want to bring slim soled plimsolls or pumps for working on the wall – Feiyues are ideal!.

If you have a climbing harness you prefer and any kit (gri-gris, rigs, karabiners etc.), please bring them with you.