Contemporary Ballet workshop
The day to explore fusion of Classical Ballet and Contemporary techniques to expand your movements vocabulary.
What to expect:
Warm-Up for the day with a Contemporary Ballet class, followed by an enhanced technique class exploring a deeper understanding of your movement quality. Finish the day by learning a piece of neo-classical repertoire by the award winning choreographer Mthuthuzeli November.
Sayaka was born in Chiba, Japan, where she began dancing at the age of two. She trained in Japan and in 2003 moved to London to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Sayaka graduated in 2006 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree.
Since graduating, she has performed with Vienna Festival Ballet and Ballet Riviera as a principal dancer, Ballet Theatre UK, English National Opera, Opera North, musical The King and I, and in 2009 performed with American Ballet Theatre at the London Coliseum.
She recently left Ballet Black after being a senior artist for 12 years. Repertoire with Ballet Black include choreography by Christopher Marney, Martin Lawerence, Christopher Hampson, Will Tuckett, Arthur Pita, Cathy Marston and many more.
Sayaka is also a guest teacher at Central school of Ballet associate programme, National Youth Ballet, Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, Ballet Black associate and Ballet theatre UK school.
Breif Outline of the day:
10.00 – 11.45 Contemporary Ballet class
11.45 – 12.00 Break
12.00 – 13.00 Enhancing technique class
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Warm up and body conditioning
14.30 – 16.00 Teaching Repertoire
When and where to arrive:
The Old Fire Station has three entrances, we would advise you to use the entrance on George Street which will take you directly to the reception area.
We would recommend arriving about 30 minutes before the workshop start time. There are changing rooms on site, a member of Pro Dance Oxford will be around should you need anything, and the Arts at Old Fire Station Café do an amazing cup of coffee!
Suggestions for the Lunch Break:
Oxford has an incredible independent food and drink community including the wonderful Damascus Rose Kitchen who are based out of the Arts at The Old Fire Station Café (The falafel wrap is our favourite!)
Other local hotspots that are all a short walk from the theatre are:
The Handle Bar (Coffee and Food) on St Michaels Street
Alpha Bar (Salad and Sandwiches) in Oxford’s Covered Market
The Art Café (Coffee and Food) opposite The Westgate
The Gloucester Green Market also has an amazing range of street food stalls and is open Wednesday-Saturday – it also is on the doorstep of The Old Fire Station if you use the Gallery Entrance!
Supported by Arts at The Old Fire Station, Dancin’ Oxford, Thomas Page Dances and Oxford City Council (Community Impact Fund)
Lead image by Jose Alves