Philip McDermott

Partnering & Lifts Foundations


Minimum age: 16

Wednesday: Partnering & Lifts Foundations

  • Time: 20:00 – 21:30
  • Level: All
  • Fee: £13

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.


McDermott’s practice encompasses his diverse training, his own life experiences, his network of professional connections, and a dynamic performance style. In, 2014, he was accepted into The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Against the ongoing challenges of dyslexia, ADHD and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, he successfully graduated from the school in 2017. Repertoire works include those by: Massimo Agostinelli, Kate Alton, Paul -André Fortier, Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, James Kudelka, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy. In 2018 he continued his education in the form of a mentorship with Paul André Fortier in Montreal, and as a guest student with Nederlands Dans Theater.

Class Description

This class delivers an approach to partnering where participants from all experience levels are on an equal playing field. Momentum, anchoring, and the architectural structure of the body allow participants of all genders to soar through the air, defying expectations and moving beyond the limitations of typical partner work. Skills to be developed include multi-level movement, articulate and sophisticated response to the point of contact, lofting through propulsion, and weight transfer. Sarah Hirsch will be assisting.