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Jennifer-Lynn Crawford

When? Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? RJC Dance, The Mandela Centre

Class is based on a strong belief that dancing is enjoyable and physical and intelligent in equal measures. Emphasis is placed on patterns as sensory and tactile, giving different angles and insight into individual possibility and preferences. These patterns are a means to an end - helping us find useful information with our bodies, not to remember ‘steps’ or co-ordinations, but to find connections that can sustain us as we dance. Sometimes class starts from the ground, supporting organisation and clarity through developmental and evolutionary movement patterns. Sometimes class grows out of relational play with others or the space we share. End sequences are offered as templates for individual play and experimentation. Improvisation is always welcome.

 Jennifer-Lynn collaborates most regularly with Charlotte Spencer (and other artists involved in these projects) making dance-based work which interweaves sound, visual and theoretical output. The most recent project Walking Stories, a choreographed audio walk, premiered in 2013 and toured successfully throughout 2014, after which it was programmed every day during Dance Umbrella 2015. The current project in development, entitled Is this a Waste Land?, has just been awarded ACE funding and will be previewing in Spring 2017. Jennifer-Lynn has had the privilege to teach throughout the UK and internationally, through projects in collaboration with Charlotte Spencer, at festivals, HE institutions such as LCDS and NSCD (where she was on faculty for 9 years) and as part of regional umbrella organisations for professional dance artists.