Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8REBox Office: 020 8293 9741
Greenwich Dance Agency
presents a season of Drop-in Classes and Courses
All tickets are: £6/£4.40 concs/£5.50 Greenwich Card/Wellbeing Network except where indicated
Times: as listed
NB: there are no classes week commencing 18 February.
Yoga (mixed ability) with Ann Ballard Every Monday until 31 March, 6.20pm to 7.50pm. This mixed ability class draws on the principles of the Scaravelli technique, which focuses on proper alignment of the spine, using the principles of gravity and breath to work gently with the body and mind.
Egyptian (beginners) with Juliana Brustik Every Tuesday until 1 April, 6pm to 7.30pm. Egyptian dance, or Raqs Sharqi (sometimes called belly dance) is a female discipline which combines a fluid spine, low centre of gravity carried by strong legwork, intricate and expressive hip and torso movement, framed by flowing relaxed or expressive arms. This class is for those wishing to learn the basics of the dance form. Juliana Brustik has been teaching and performing Egyptian dance in London since 1985 and has been delivering classes for gDA for the past ten years. Her unique teaching style is informed by a variety of body disciplines, including contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Pilates, and theatrical voice and bodywork.
Egyptian (intermediate) with Juliana Brustik Every Tuesday until 1 April, 7.30pm to 9pmThis class is for those familiar with the basics of the dance form and will focus on more advanced movements and combinations.
Contemporary (beginners) with Lyndsey McConville Every Tuesday until 1 April, 6.30pm to 7.45pmContemporary dance is a whole genre and includes many different styles. It is an energetic, sympathetic, exciting dance form that incorporates both dynamic travel and fluid movement sequences, encouraging greater use of the body's natural abilities. This class follows a structured warm up that leads into sequences exploring dynamics such as weight, suspension and rebound.
Contemporary (intermediate) with Lyndsey McConville Every Tuesday until 1 April, 8pm to 9.30pmThis intermediate level class is for those with a good grasps of the basics of contemporary dance technique and will include some more advanced movements and sequences.
Flamenco (beginners) with La Joaquina Every Wednesday until 2 April, 6.30pm to 8pm. This class introduces and develops all elements of flamenco; essentially an enjoyable class structured through rhythm. La Joaquina originally trained as a contemporary dancer and worked in London and New York. She later retrained as a flamenco dancer, and is now director with Cris Mullett, of Flamenco Express, a company of dancers and musicians touring the UK and Europe.
Flamenco (intermediate) with La Joaquina Every Wednesday until 2 April, 8pm to 9.30pm. This class introduces and develops the more advanced elements of flamenco.
Courses Cost per term:
£43.20/£34.20 concs, £40.20 Greenwich Card/Wellbeing Network - 6 weeks
£36/£28.50 concs, £33.50 Greenwich Card/Wellbeing Network - 5 weeks
£30.90/£24 concs, £27 Greenwich Card/Wellbeing Network - 6 weeks
£99/£80.40 concs, £92.60 Greenwich Card/Wellbeing Network - 12 Weeks
NB: All courses should be booked in advance; half term 18 to 22 February; gDA is closed 24 March due to bank holiday
Street Dance (general) with Sunanda Biswas and Paula Vacarey: 1st term: Mondays 7 January to 11 February, 8 to 9.30pm. 2nd term: Mondays 25 February to 31 March, 6.30 to 8pm This funky course combines elements of the main street dance styles such as poppin’, lockin’ and breakin’, and is aimed at all levels of ability.
Caribbean Dance (general) with Chrissie Adesina: Mondays 25 February to 31 March, 8 to 9.30pmThis course will teach a fusion of traditional Afro-Caribbean dance steps with contemporary dance technique, taking inspiration from reggae, raga, dinki mini and kumbala.
Tasters (beginners): Mondays 7 January to 11 February, 8.15 to 9.15pm. A great introduction for those who can't decide which style is for them, the course consists of a series of mini-workshops in different dance styles including tango, street and ballroom.
Pilates (beginners) with Jo Bingham: Wednesdays 9 January to 2 April, 6.30 to 7.45pm.
Pilates (intermediate) with Jo Bingham: Wednesdays 9 January to 2 April, 8 to 9.15pm.
Pilates is a mind-body workout suitable for all ages and abilities. It improves core stability, awareness, flexibility and strength through breathing techniques. The classes are taught in longer courses combining a warm-up with stretching and spinal articulation with postural exercises to get the body moving freely, easily and safely.
Cuban (general) with Roberto Molina: 1st term: Thursdays 10 January to 14 February, 6.30 to 8pm. 2nd term: Thursdays 28 February to 3 April, 6.30 to 8pm. Includes salsa, timba, casino, mambo, cha cha cha, son, rumba and conga. Through the study of Cuban dance you will learn to understand the different dance rhythms, to play with the rhythm, to co-ordinate physically, to improvise and interpret music through dance.
Salsa and Latin (beginners) with Jose Olivares: 1st term: Thursdays 10 January to 14 February, 6.15 to 7.15pm. 2nd term: Thursdays 28 February to 3 April, 6.15 to 7.15pm.
Salsa and Latin (intermediate) with Jose Olivares: 1st term: Thursdays 10 January to 14 February, 7.15 to 8.15pm. 2nd term: Thursdays 28 February to 3 April,7.15 to 8.15pm.
Salsa and Latin classes start with the basic knowledge of steps, partner work, routines, exercises and use of the space. Classes improve self confidence and technique as well as being a fun, sociable way to learn how to dance and create a sense of rhythm.
Tap (general) with Annette Walker: Thursdays 28 February to 3 April, 8 to 9.30pmThis course will teach you the basics of American rhythm tap, with a focus on musicality, swing and expression, with a dash of the teacher's own unique and percussive style.
Tango (general) with Pablo Alonso: Thursdays 10 January to 14 February, 8 to 9.30pm. Experience the passion of Argentine tango! Classes comprise two parts: the opening half concentrates on technique and the basic elements of the dance style; the second focuses on how to combine these elements to create tango - including communication, improvisation, rhythm and interpretation of music.
Ballroom (beginners) with Angela Parkinson: Mondays 25 February to 31 March, 8 to 9.30pm. This course provides an introduction to ballroom, and incorporates the basics of waltz, quickstep and social/rhythm foxtrot. Each class builds upon the last to create a full knowledge and understanding of the dance. Complete beginners and those with some experience are both catered for.
Urban Highs (general): Thursdays 10 January to 14 February, 8.15 to 9.30pm. A dance and development programme, led by Temujin Gill, which aims to challenge and inspire people who are interested in performance. Often fast moving and physically demanding, the course involves learning and exploring some of the key techniques and skills drawn from four different but connected dance forms: Lindy-Hop/jazz, breaking, contemporary and capoeira. Emphasis will be on swing, rhythm, beat and energy derived from the momentum and flow of movement.
Dancing Fit (general) with Edel Quinn and Shantel Ehrenberg: Thursdays 28 February to 3 April, 8.15 to 9.30pm. This fun and energetic class takes its inspiration from various popular dance forms such as street and contemporary. This forms the basis for a high intensity workout, which primarily focuses on improving stamina, flexibility and strength.
drop in classes (no booking required)
NRgDANCE hosts an exciting and varied programme of dance for the young people of Greenwich. Our classes provide participants with a strong grounding in safe dance technique alongside nurturing talent, encouraging self expression and creativity. Please note that there is no class week commencing 18 February due to half term.
0 to 2 years: 3 to 3.45pm
3 to 5 years: 4 to 4.45pm
Fridays 11 January to 5 April
Cost per session: £3.80/£2.80 concs, £3.50 Greenwich Card
6 to 7 years: 10am to 10.45am
8 to 9 years: 10.50 to 11.50am
10 to 12 years: 12noon to 1pm
Saturdays 12 January to 6 April
Cost per half term: £22.80/£16.80 concs, £18 Greenwich Card
13 to 20 years Cost per session: £2.50/£1.50 concs
Mondays 7 January to 31 March: 4 to 5.30pm at Plumstead Manor School
Saturdays 12 January to 6 April: 1.15 to 3pm at Greenwich Dance Agency
Winter Tea Dances
Saturday 26 January, Saturday 23 February, and Saturday 29 March
Tickets: £5/£4 senior citizens;
Time: 2 to 4pm
gDA invites you to enjoy a taste of days gone by with its traditional Tea Dances. The Hugh Ockendon Band will be striking up all the old favourites in the magnificent setting of the Borough Halls whilst dancers take to the floor to revive the waltz, the Cha Cha Cha and the Lambeth walk amongst others. There will be refreshments in the form of tea and cake and a chance to win something fizzy in the raffle.