Contemporary Dance forms an important part of the multifaceted training of dancers today.
Increasingly there are many and various options for contemporary dance as a career through further education via Degree courses and vocational training. Dancers develop their own impetus stimuli for movement creation and choreography.
To meet this need, at Highgate Ballet School we offer contemporary dance classes at three levels and an annual Choreography Showcase for children ages 8 to 18. Fledgling HBS choreographers are encouraged to enter the annual Cecchetti Choreographic Competition held in London in March.
We are delighted and proud to support and encourage the creation of new choreography which is an important part of the ethos of Highgate Ballet School!
Contemporary Dance on Thursday evenings with Rosie Anne Copp
Miss Rosie teaches our contemporary classes, which take place at the URC at 6:00pm on Thursday evenings for an hour and a half. Dancers aged 11+ will learn the foundations of contemporary dance, inspired by Rosie’s training at Trinity Laban. This will involve a mixture of Cunningham-based technique exercises, floorwork and travelling phrases, exploring the use of extension. Dancers also get the opportunity to learn basic improvisational skills, as well as collaborate creatively through choreographic tasks to devise a piece for the end of every academic year. New students are welcome to attend a free trial class before enrolling for the term.
HBS Annual Choreographic Showcase
Dancers at the school can develop and create their own choreography from the very earliest years. It all begins with improvisation in the Primary and standard 1 classes, which encourages children to learn to listen and respond to music and rhythm. Workshops, summer schools and holiday courses further inspire and help a dancer develop their skills. The annual Choreographic Showcase takes place at the URC either during the spring or summer term and an external guest teacher-choreographer is invited to give feedback on the pieces. Selected pieces are performed at the annual showcase at the end of the year.