Happy New Year Leeds!
A whole term has gone by already and we have had a selection of amazing teachers and equally amazing participants. Thank you so much for continuing to support this project by keeping on coming to class! We have, of course, booked in a fantastic line-up of teachers for the coming months and it’s about time that we launch… drum roll… ProDanceLeeds Spring Programme!
This term will see us welcoming 4 new exciting teachers with Motionhouse dancer Martina Bussi kicking off the New Year on the 7th of January. Alesandra Seutin/Vocab Dance is another new face - we’re thrilled to experience her distinctive hybrid movement language, focusing on musicality and fluidity of the limbs and spine. Sandrine Monine is new to ProDance but not to Leeds - having danced with Phoenix in the past - which makes us extra happy to have her on board the ProDance train. And finally, Heidi Weiss will be coming all the way from Berlin to teach a class based on her *weissman technique at the end of March.
Then there are three firm favourites coming back to Leeds, all bound to draw in a good crowd. We know how much you like Gaga, so Natalia Iwaniec will be here already in the third week of January. The week after, Eugenia Demeglio is back to teach Countertechnique on popular demand - that’s a January treat for you. And later on in April, Alleyne Dance bring back their eclectic and stamina building class. Having worked with both Akram Khan and Ultima Vez, they teach a special fusion of styles which always makes us push our limits and sweat buckets.
It’s exciting also to realise how many great teachers we have just around the corner. Azzurra Ardovini’s track record includes Phoenix Dance Theatre, VDT and Luca Silvestrini. She was also incredibly supportive in our early ProDance days by brokering contact with many of our best teachers. We feel lucky to have caught Vanessa Grasse for a week of teaching, as she seems to be everywhere at the moment: running Leeds Contact Improvisation Leeds, whilst touring her new work MESH and teaching at conservatories and universities. And favourite Jennifer-Lynn Crawford will be back this term too, filling up the studio as per usual.
Jennifer-Lynn will also be a mentor in one of the two Graduate Artist weeks we have on this term, offering teaching opportunities to recent graduates. The call-out will go up in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out if you would like to teach for us this Spring! The first Graduate Artist week is now programmed and we’re super excited to invite Samuel Burkett and Matilde Torres Laborde to teach two days each in February with mentoring by Gianluca Vincentini.
We will also continue our collaboration with Mobius this term, by programming Gianluca Vincentini and Jamaal Burkmar to teach a week each when Mobius is working in residence.
As you can see, this Spring is jam packed with exciting teachers and we’re super excited to get started. See you in class!
Kate, Rachel, Rebecca and Sofia