Summer Lab

If you are an emerging artist graduating this academic year or reaching the end of your training, Summer Lab will continue your development through high-quality workshops.

The Summer Lab will include a daily, professional level technique class, creative workshops and development sessions specifically targeting those looking to bridge the gap between training and professional life. This Lab will also connect you to the Eastern regional dance scene, contributing to our ambition to build a thriving network of dance artists living and working in the East region.

The course will be facilitated by Tom Hobden, Artistic Director of UNIT – UNIT creates projects, performances, films and training programmes that support dancers from all backgrounds and experience levels. Tom Hobden will be joined by a variety of guest artists throughout the duration of the Summer Lab.

This Summer Lab is suitable for those entering their 3rd year of training and early graduates from full-time training (18+ years).

**If you are not able to attend all 3 days but would still like to come along, please call the Box Office on 01473 295230 to discuss alternative options at a reduced price (£30 per day – this option can only be booked through the Box Office).** 

The Summer Lab will feature a daily professional technique class followed by workshops delivered by guest facilitators over the three days:

Eleesha Drennan | Professional Level Technique Class

Monday 16 July – Wednesday 18 July, 10.30am – 12.00pm

Dynamic Release – form based technique

Class will build on each day and embed core principals around audition readiness

Eleesha’s classes are energetic, rigorous and sweat inducing. The approach to class is to support quality training that is both fun and challenging. The class incorporates a strong use of imagery to develop texture in the body that aims to stimulate the imagination and increase range of movement. The content of class is built on applying a strong use of form and structure in the body to enable the dancer to take risks and find freedom in their range of physical expression.

Day One | Julie Cunningham DanceEast Associate Artist

Cunningham technique workshop

‘Finding your uniqueness’ workshop

Julie Cunningham has worked professionally as a dance artist for fifteen years performing both nationally and internationally. After training at The Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance in London, Julie has worked with Ballett Der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany, Michael Clark Company and spent many years in the USA working with Ground-breaking choreographers Merce Cunningham (no relation).

In 2018 Julie became a DanceEast Associate Artist (2018 – 2020) and a New Wave Associate of Sadler’s Wells. Julie Cunningham & Company was launched in 2017 and became Associate Company of Rambert in 2018.

Day Two | Joss Arnott & Phil Hargreaves

Movement workshop in facilitator style

‘Entrepreneurial you’ workshop

StartEast Talk

Joss Arnott is an internationally award-winning choreographer who trained at London Studio Centre and Laban. Upon graduation he joined Transitions Dance Company whilst completing his MA in Dance Performance.

Founding Joss Arnott Dance shortly after his training, Joss has been continuously supported and commissioned by leading dance agencies, venues and organisations. Joss is in demand as a choreographer and has been commissioned to create work on leading professional dance companies including Rambert Dance Company, through a joint commission with The Lowry.

Phil is a Producer working across the Dance & Theatre sector. Phil’s passion is working with artists who create dynamic and exciting productions that entertain a wide variety of audiences. Phil’s work as the Producer for Joss Arnott Dance involves working alongside the Artistic Director with fundraising, relationship building, strategic planning and UK & International tour development as well as contracting and budget planning and management.

Day Three | Hakeem Onibudo

‘Creative stretch’ – this workshop will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, and guide you in how you go about looking for opportunities & how to stretch and challenge yourselves creatively beyond training within a fast-paced industry.

Hakeem Onibudo has been an influential force within the international dance community. An accomplished artistic director and founder of IMPACT DANCE, Hakeem is a choreographer, performer, mentor and British Council ambassador.

Hakeem recently received the CHANGEMAKERS award from Arts Council England, which allows him to lead on a number of projects at The Place which aim to increase the number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people who engage with the organisation.

Beyond his work in the dance community, Hakeem is an experienced and professional event host who regularly presents and entertains on high profile London events including red carpet film premieres. His clients include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers.

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Dates and Times

Monday 16 July | 10:00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 17 July | 10:00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 18 July | 10:00am – 5.00pm


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