Thursday Class Covered by Vanessa Grasse

Hi all, a slight change in schedule means that tomorrow’s class, Thursday the 22st of November, will be covered by Vanessa Grasse. Read more below:


This dynamic class will begin with guided explorations and suggested movement pathways that will support us to explore: center to periphery and periphery to center; nurturing our capacity to guide our inner flows of energy; the under-curves and over-curves of our swinging and spiralling movement; multidirectionality; listening to our fluid weight. As we access our full dancing body we'll be encouraged to remain curious and attentive to our individual discoveries. We will also nurture our playful and relational selves by relating and responding to others around us, and through some contact explorations. Vanessa's classes nurture a curiosity about how the body transforms as a result of imagination, active shifts of perception, attentional dynamics and a clear relational engagement with the environment and others. Whilst finding clarity and playfulness in our awareness of the physiology and physics in motion.

Vanessa is a dance artist from Sicily, based in Leeds. She explores the crossover between choreography, walking-art and installation through site-specific, improvisation, participatory and cross-disciplinary practice. Her work has been commissioned amongst others by The Great Exhibition of The North, Dance4, Yorkshire Dance, Still Walking Festival, The University of Leeds, Ludus festival, Juncture festival. She has been an artist in residency in several visual arts settings such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield , MoMa Oxford, 4Bid gallery in Amsterdam. Her recent touring work MESH is a participatory choreography for public spaces in response to a divisive global political climate, inviting audiences and passers-by to join public rituals of togetherness. She holds an MA in Creative Practice from Laban and Independent Dance in London. She teaches regularly at Universities as guest and part-time lecturer, including Leeds Beckett University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban. She teaches Contact Improvisation across Europe and runs Leeds Contact Improvisation.