Introduction to Contemporary Dance

with Yvonne Rossi

Course details

DATES: 13th April – 18th May 2024 (6 weeks)

TIME: 14:30-16:00

DAY: Saturday

LEVEL: Absolute Beginners / level 1

 FEE: £99

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.


Yvonne is an Italian contemporary dancer and a physical theatre performer.  She worked as a freelancer in UK and in Italy in several projects- the two biggest collaborations she had were with Jasmin Vardimon Company in Ashford, UK and with Kiasma Company directed by Marina Ambroso in Italy. Yvonne completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and was a member of Jasmin Vardimon Company 2 in 2019/2020, in Ashford, Kent. Yvonne is currently working remotely as a performer for an Italian project led by Marina Ambroso, as well as teaching at Primrose School of Dance and Boo Theatre she is a Pilates instructor at Energie Catford.


Class description

Introduction to contemporary dance is a course for anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of what contemporary dance is and which principles are used in the different contemporary techniques. Participants will be part of a safe, positive and supportive environment, where everyone can feel free to learn, explore and discover new ways of moving through different contemporary dance styles. Classes will focus on studying specific movement vocabulary, correct alignment, improving coordination, memory and musicality. We will work with warm up sequences and centre work, some crossings to travel through the space and we will implement some improvisation, choreography and partnering. Dancers will study a fusion of contemporary dance styles, with a main focus on Release and Floorwork and a brief introduction to essential elements of Cunningham and Graham techniques. Creativity, physicality and openness are the key principles for this 6 -weeks journey.