Welcome to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation working responsively to support and fuel dance artists in all roles, at all stages of their career, and of all physicalities.

We nurture a practice-led, peer-supported international community of dance artists, with a particular focus on inclusive body-based research enriched by cross-disciplinary and diverse approaches.

Often working with internationally renowned artists, our programme of classes and workshops, complemented by projects and events, invites artists to deepen enquiry and exchange ideas.

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Morning Class

Mon – Fri | 10am – 12pm

Our weekly morning class is a space where we can re-organise and re-orient our thinking in relation to others.
It is open to artists with diverse physicalities, and invites professional movers and as well as those from different fields and backgrounds.

Classes at ID are led with rigour for experienced movement practitioners (many attendees are professional dancers, teachers, body-workers or choreographers), while also being accessible to artists from other disciplines.

We invite curious people to come and experience classes, and bring their questions to the work!

Read more about the classes.

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Workshop: Material for the Spine
with Otto Ramstad

Saturday 10 Nov | 1.30 – 7.30pm
Sunday 11 Nov | 11am – 5pm

Material for the Spine strengthens and coordinates the foundation of a person’s movement. It is an exploration of the movement possibilities within the muscles surrounding the spine, as well as the connections between the pelvis, head, scapula and vertebrae.

Specific exercises, body puzzles and ideokinetic imagery support the practice.

Otto Ramstad has followed Steve Paxton’s work of contact improvisation since 1996, and Paxton’s Material for the Spine since 2010.

For more information and to book click here

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Book Club for Dancers
with Rebecca Mackenzie

Starts Sat 29 Sep | 1.30 – 4.30pm

Two places left!

A deep dive into different techniques in fiction, exploring what they could mean for a performer; rhythm, image, gesture and symbol, landscape, the use of time, multiple voices, narrative journeys.

A novel is a place of encounter. We enter the body of the text and experience a consciousness moving through time and space. We tune into a writer’s quality of attention and ways of paying attention to direct experience.
As we encounter the body of the text, so too does the text inhabit our bodies.
How do these words rub up against our imagination?
How do they inform our doing and being in the world?
How does the text make us want to move? What does it call forth?

Read more about the Book Club.