Internationally acclaimed Melbourne dance company Chunky Move is known for creating diverse and proactive performances. Its works traverse new media, installation and stage formats, such as a recent guided dance tour of the NGV Triennial.
Starting today, the company will host six weeks of dance classes catering to every level of rhythmically inclined. Improvisation and Countertechnique (a movement system developed by artistic director Anouk van Dijk to assist dancers with conditioning) classes are available to the public for the first time, too.
Classes are run by choreographers and dancers from within the company, offering dance enthusiasts the chance to rub shoulders with performers they’ve watched on stage.
“As a studio, we’re constantly looking at how we can contribute new ideas and develop our public program,” says Chunky Move teacher and choreographer Alice Lee Holland. The studio has offered standalone classes in the past, but the series allows people “to commit to something, build on their knowledge, develop their skills and increase their level of comfort.”
Holland hopes the series will help attendees build a relationship with each other and their teachers, creating “a group spirit and energy, and a sense of achievement that is harder to get out of a single, casual class.”
There are four programs available. Beginner classes will introduce new dancers to the basics of contemporary dance and aim to increase their fitness, co-ordination and energy levels. There’s also a beginner class tailored to novices over 50, an intermediate Countertechnique class (normally only available to professional dancers), and an improvisation class.
“[Improvisation] is still a contemporary class,” says Holland. “It’s about working at your own pace and with your own curiosity. Improvisation is a guided practice – the teacher will offer cues and the dancers in the class explore what it means to them.”
Classes run weekly, and are set to a soundtrack ranging from INXS and David Bowie to the Weeknd and Taylor Swift.
Sessions can be booked via the Chunky Move Studios App, website or the MindBody platform.
111 Sturt Street, Southbank
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