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Photo: Grace Gelder

Photo: Grace Gelder

Matt Lackford

When? w/c 19 August, Monday - Tuesday 9.30 - 11am

Where? RJC Dance

Fast paced, challenging classes for advanced students competent in contemporary or ballet. Emphasis is on building movement sequences, stretching your facility and versatility. Matt’s approach to floor work investigates the mechanical processes within the body, with the aim of finding smooth transitions to and from the floor. These engaging sessions will also focus on developing individuals’ various approach to moving and performing confidently. All phrases and exercises delivered have a variety of alternate moves for different levels and individuals movement styles.

Matt began his professional training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating with a 2:1 Matt joined EDge 11. After graduating Matt has worked internationally with Jorge Crecis, John Ross, Nathan Johnston, Caroline Bowditch, Dam Van Huynh and Nuno Silva. Matt has a keen interest in teaching and has worked for London Contemporary Dance School, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Highbury and Islington College, Central School of Ballet and Birkbeck University. He has also worked for three years as the Floorwork lecturer for Birkbeck University. In 2013, Matt co founded HAL, a contemporary dance company with Thom Hands. They have choreographed for Greenwich Dance’s “Divercity” young choreographers showcase as well as London Contemporary Dance School students.

Jennifer-Lynn Crawford

When? w/c 19 August, Wednesday - Thursday 9.30 - 11am

Where? RJC Dance

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 Crawford is a freelance dance artist and Certified RolferTM. A transatlantic transplant, she trained in Canada at Quinte Ballet School and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre before joining the postgraduate group EDge at London Contemporary Dance School in 2002. She has a long-standing involvement in the UK’s conservatoire system for HE dance training and was on faculty at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance 2007-2016. She has taught and performed throughout the UK and internationally, working with choreographers such as Charlotte Spencer, Siobhan Davies and Hofesh Shechter. She is currently working with Hagit Yakira, developing her new work ‘If One Keeps Walking’.