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Dancing to the Music of Time: Performance Group

Dancing to the Music of Time is for participants aged 55 and over who want to create choreography, develop dance pieces, perform to the public and have an artistic voice in Greenwich Dance’s programme.

A continuation of the earlier 3pm Open Class, the Performance Group explore, develop and rehearse their own devised choreography, with opportunities for public performance.

"I am a longstanding member of the performance company. Maria, our teacher and choreographer, devises work which is created collaboratively. We have some fixed choreography and some improvised. This works very well and is highly effective for older dancers who are imaginative (though in life we are not always given credit for being so!). We improvise individually, in groups, as duets and also come together in unison as a flock or in some other formation." Pauline, DTTMoT member since 2011

The cost of this class covers attendance at both the Open Class (15.00–16.00) and the Performance Group (16.00–17.00). Participants must warm up in the Open Class before going on to the Performance Group.

  • The Performance Group is intended for those who want to perform in public, and members should commit to the group and attend rehearsals regularly.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and bring lots of water. There is also a cafe that is free for the public to use.

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Maria Ghoumrassi

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, teacher and choreographer/movement director and has been working creatively for many years with ages 0 - 100 plus including those with learning difficulties. As a dancer, Maria da Luz has worked with companies including Spare Tyre (where she is an Associate Artist) Kokuma, Garth Fagan and the original cast of The Lion King as ensemble and dance-captain. Maria da Luz has choreographed for BBC Three's The Mighty Boosh and has been performing her work at venues across London. She received the Trailblazers Fellowship and was short-listed for The Place Prize in 2004. She was selected for Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme and received the Dancers Career Development Retraining Grant, 2016. Maria da Luz has led classes for Green Candle Dance Company, Trinity Laban, Age Exchange, Rambert, among others and regularly teaches for Greenwich Dance, Step into Dance and Chisenhale Dance Space.

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