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Thom McKeon

When? w/c 22 July, Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? RJC Dance

Rooted in the principle of the intuitive body, this session will encourage problem solving and the spirit of adaptation to meet set sequences and open movement material. There will be inquiry into body mechanics through floor patterns that aid momentum and help us to whizz and slide across the space. These ideas will feed into open partnering scores working with resistance, support and promoting ease in lifting and being lifted.

Thom is a freelance dancer based in Leeds. Having graduated from NSCD he has worked with Charlotte Spencer Projects, That Ribeiro Company, Vanessa Grasse and currently doing the artist internship programme at Open Source Arts. Stemming from cycling the Outer Hebrides, his practice focuses on studying the body as a landscape and the possibilities this has for movement.


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Emma Hopley

When? w/c 22 July, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? RJC Dance

Emma’s classes begin by introducing a focus for the session through somatic practice or imagery- this will recur throughout. Her movement is highly physical, beginning with improvisation and moving towards more structured exercises. Honing in on stamina, strength and physicality, movement builds in pace and ends with a focus on phrases and explosive, exciting movement.

Emma is a dance artist based in Manchester, just beginning life as a freelancer. She has recently graduated with an MA from the University of Salford/ Joss Arnott Dance’s Emergence Dance Company, having completed her undergraduate training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Emma has recently worked with choreographers from Susanne Thomas and Hetain Patel to Joss Arnott and Sharon Watson, and so would describe her dance interests as wide ranging. She enjoys pushing the body to its physical limits, and also experimenting with character in performance. Her passion lies in working from a political motivation, to create works with activism at their heart.