Advanced Classical Dance Weekend
Advanced Classical Dance Weekend 30th March – 1st April 2018
Our advanced classical weekend this year will take place in East and Central London. The theme this year will be exploring the riches, the lyricism and drama of the wonderful dance music of Mohammed Abdul Wahab, a prominent 20th century Egyptian singer and composer.
The first two days will be a mix of bodywork of (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Pilates) and fundamental and advanced dance technique to support our technical expertise and our ease in emotional response to the music.
On the last day of the course we will be dancing to live music provided by some of the most eminent instrumentalists on the British Middle Eastern music scene- masterviolinist EmileBassile, band leader and org player Gamal Awad and the versatile and multi-talented percussionist Tim Garside on tabla and req .
As well as offering a variety of new technical work, we will be focussing on encouraging each dancer to find and develop her own unique style in responding to an inspiring variety of music.
Non-residential in London .
Alexander Technique & Moving Mindfully
Tutor: Judy Hammond BEd ANATD MSTAT
Weekly classes at the Letchworth Centre
Winter Term 2017 week commencing January 8th 2018
More Details: Classes
Tai Chi & Alexander Technique
Judy Hammond Alexander Technique tutor
Alexander Technique is well known for its effectiveness in reducing back pain and improving general mobility. T’ai Chi can reduce stress, improve balance and muscular strength, enhance general health and wellbeing, and improve cardiovascular health. It is even used in NHS hospitals to hasten recovery following major heart surgery! Taken together in this half-day workshop the effect is very powerful and it is an experience which we highly recommend!
Ian Deavin Tai Chi tutor
In addition to covering the principles of both Alexander Technique and T’ai Chi, the workshop will include exercises, spiralling movement, Qigong, and Meditation to improve body awareness and strengthen the mind-body connection.
Details are: Sunday, 12 November 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: £45 (for bookings on or before 5 November) £55 (for bookings after) For further details of this workshop and the other two being held later this year please click here
You can book online here
Atsitsa Bay Skyros Residential
Feldendenkrais and Alexander Technique Residential
Haileybury College Herts
Judy Hammond (B.Ed, ANATD, MSTAT) has been teaching Alexander technique for 30 years and studying for even longer a broad range of dance and movement techniques, particularly Pilates, yoga, t’ai chi and chi qong. She holds teaching qualifications in Alexander technique, classical ballet and Egyptian dance and for years studied contemporary dance with eminent teachers, including a post graduate term at the Laban Centre. For years she has been Alexander tutor on the annual teacher training courses led by the UK’s first ever Pilates teacher !
A typical class starts on the floor in semi-supine, the ideal position of rest for the back, and gradually progresses through a carefully chosen series of movement, breathing and imagery activities including vital Pilates toning work for the deep core muscles.
The final section of standing work normally includes further Pilates work, sometimes a safe, carefully taught yoga posture, and finishing with a combination of gentle, enjoyable dance movements for the torso and arms and some of the more accessible chi qong movements, made easy with very detailed teaching
“A Moving Mindfully class is completely non competitive…there’s no pressure…the group is supportive but not intrusive. techniques and principles can be carried over into everyday living…I particularly like the blend of disciplines. Moving and mindfulness are equal partners in the class and I find this particularly satisfying.” Anthea
“The short term gain is easy to see and feel: a single session leaves me feeling not only physically more comfortable, easing muscular tension that has built up during the day through poor posture, but also mentally more relaxed after being ‘obliged’ to rest, regulate my breathing and generally become calm.” Martin
“The great advantage of group classes (attended for 16 years) is that we can exchange ideas and benefits experienced with others. We can see in each other the benefits we are gaining. Lessons learned apply to every aspect of my daily life.” Janet
“Both group sessions and 1:1 sessions are valuable in different ways. Judy is a creative and inspiring teacher, positive, affirmative and encouraging. Her great experience engenders trust an the mental images she suggests are helpful.” Sylvia