Introduction to Contemporary Dance | Level 1 | 6 Weeks


Gerrard Martin


Minimum age: 16


  • Level: Beginner
  • Time: 11.30-13.00
  • Dates: 12th Nov- 17th December (6 weeks)
  • Fee: £99

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.


Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he continued his studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and is currently at the Central School of Ballet on the MA Choreography course. He has danced for Jose Agudo’s dance project with Akademi, and has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, and Phoenix Dance Company, as well as dancing for the West End's production of the Lion King, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Rosie Kay Dance
Company Aside from commercial dance contracts, and film engagements, Gerrard has also danced for the National Theatre, toured internationally with the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera House. Gerrard currently teaches on the Adult Classes & Courses programme at the Place and has taught on the Musical Theatre BA Hons at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the CAT programme at Trinity Laban and the Children Youth Dance at the Place. Gerrard was a guest Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, and a dance, yoga, and movement teacher at RADA, (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Gerrard has choreographed for Tate Modern, Outbox Theatre, Longborough Opera, British Museum, Pegasus Opera, and the National Portrait gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India
commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for World Dance Day.

He created his project-based company Gerrard Martin Dance in 2011 and has had work featured at the Tate Modern, the Place, the Curve Theatre, BHM, National Portrait Gallery, RichMix and the A Time to Breathe, Emerge, Between the Lines, South Bank Urban, Let’s Dance International, and Cloud Dance Festivals. Gerrard's work has also been selected for Ident festival, The Field Film festival, UK and the Athens Video Dance Project, Greece.  Gerrard aims to produce works of emotive and socially relevant dance-theatre; to teach and facilitate creativity through movement, yoga, and dance, and wishes to collaborate and engage with artists across different mediums.

He was an assistant choreographer on the English National Opera’s (Olivier Award winning) Porgy and Bess, One Love Musical, (Bob Marley), and the 40th UAE Royal Anniversary Performance, Abu Dhabi. He has been a movement director on productions such as ‘Shepard’s Chameleon’, ‘Lady Macwata’, ‘GHB Boy’, ‘BEAM’, ‘CAKE’, ‘6O Miles by Road or Rail’,
‘Foxes’ & ‘The Frontline’. Gerrard is the co-founder of Black Artists in Dance, (BAiD) and the associate founder of The Healthy Young Dancer Project (THYDP). He is part of the first cohort of The Kerry Nicholls Dance Mentoring
Programme and is a trained Yoga teacher.

Class Description

Introduction to contemporary dance is for complete beginners. Students are guided through the key principles of contemporary dance, which encourage creativity and physicality. These sessions provide participants with a sound knowledge of the basic technique, movement vocabulary, musicality, alignment, and coordination.Classes are relaxed, encouraging, and inspiring. Gerrard uses imagery to create mental pictures, in order to remember and connect with sequencing. Dancers will encounter a fusion of contemporary dance styles and will be guided by yogic principles of empowerment, openness, and connectedness. Class will progress throughout the 6 weeks, and will focus on floor work, centre practice, travelling, improvisation, contact work and phrase work.