Contemporary dance is an oral tradition: its languages, practices and ideas are transmitted and developed through the live exchange of artists on a daily basis. A clear philosophy, flowing from the notion of a dance artist who is continuously exploring, questioning and extending his/her practice and approach, underlies ID’s programme and influences the range of classes and artists invited to lead and contribute to it. A continuity of respected British-based teachers, supplemented by leading international artists, lies at the centre of our programming ethos.

Read more about the Morning Class for professionals and the open-level Monday Night Improvisation.
Download a copy of the ID Summer Brochure 2018

The Independent Dance programme is open to disabled and non-disabled dance artists. Our work is not based on a normative view of the human body, and we strive at all times to create a context where artists with disabilities work as equal participants. We learn about this continually from the artists with whom we work. For practical information about access in the studios click here.

Here is the Summer 2018 programme:

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Morning Class 

23 – 27 Apr* Charlie Morrissey/Antonio de la Fe
30 Apr – 4 May* Andrea Buckley
8 – 11 May* Susanna Recchia
14 – 18 May* Mary-Clare Mckenna
21 – 25 May Ben Ash
29 May – 1 Jun Alexandra Baybutt
4 – 8 Jun Martin Piliponsky
11 – 15 Jun Hagit Yakira
18 – 22 Jun Sherwood Chen
25 – 29 Jun Charlotte Darbyshire

Research Lab
2 Jul Ben Ash 
3 Jul Stefan Jovanovic
4 Jul Kimberley Harvey 
5 Jul Amy Bell 
6 Jul Matthias Sperling

*These classes are part of the MA/MFA Creative Practice, Investigative Practice Module. Classes are usually busy, so ensure you arrive early to get a place.

More about Morning Class 

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Monday Night Improvisation

23 Apr Claudio Girard
30 Apr Adriana Pegorer
7 May (Bank Holiday)
14 May Annie Lok 
21 May Rainer Knupp 
28 May (Bank Holiday)
4 Jun Jessica Lerner
11 Jun Sally E Dean 
18 Jun Sherwood Chen 
25 Jun Andrew Downes
2 Jul Zoe Solomons

More about Monday Night Improvisation

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About the classes

Our classes provide a continuity of provision for artists whose employment, even at the height of their careers is often sporadic, and an opportunity for non-dance artists to experience the improvisational approaches used by many of the leading dance artists in the UK.

Our regular programme aims to go beyond the maintenance of physical condition and technical skill, to promote mindful and efficient practice and to embrace a holistic approach to participants’ ongoing development as expressive and creative artists.

This philosophy extends beyond dance artists’ creative practice into the wider spheres of interaction, collaboration and innovative approaches to the management of portfolio careers as performers, teachers, viewers and creators of work.