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Katy Hewison

When? Monday 15 Oct - Tuesday 16 Oct, 9.30am - 11am

Where? Monday: Yorkshire Dance, Tuesday: The Dance Studio Leeds

Focusing on energy, pace, and textures of movement, the class hopes to allow individuals to play and make choices within material and improvisation. Awakening the body with a focus on attention and imagination, it will begin at a slow, sensitive pace. Building in complexity and speed we will use movement patterns, improvisations and structures influenced by games. The class is influenced by Katy's solo practice and working with improvisation with young children.

Based in West Yorkshire, Katy is a graduate from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, BPA Hons & Verve 18. Interested in Improvisation and movement research, she is curious about connecting this with her teaching practice with young children, allowing artists and children to train together, inspiring attention and movement choices. Katy has worked with Vanessa Grasse (Great Exhibition of the North) and performed works by Sita Ostheimer, Lenka Vagenerova, Matthew Robinson, Hannes Langolf, Jos Baker and Laila Diallo. Teaching experience includes Learning & Participation classes at NSCD, Youth Workshops, Open class at University of Valetta and Global English Theatre throughout Italy.

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Stefania Pinato

When? Wednesday 17 - Thursday 18 October, 9.30 - 11 am

Where? The Dance Studio Leeds

Stefania's class is shaped around release technique and principles of somatic practices. It aims to find ease and flow in movement, efficiency and deepen the way we listen to our bodies whilst moving. Through the exploration of our anatomical structure we will support the body in its journey through space while playing with momentum, dynamics and weight. The material is energetic, designed to find joy and to challenge.

Originally from Italy, Stefania is a freelance dance artist based in Leeds. She has a wide interest within dance, particularly in improvisation, experiential anatomy and somatic practices. She likes to explore the infinite possibilities of movement of the whole body, finding the limits to play with and taking risks. As performer she is currently working for Möbius Dance, Pell Ensemble and Company of Others.