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Dancing to the Music of Time: Open Class

Our drop-in class for those aged 55+

Enjoy dance in a fun atmosphere - no previous experience necessary!

Not just about exercise and fitness, this class allows participants to be creative. Classes start with a warm up followed by dance exercises to develop strength, co-ordination and flexibility.

The class progresses on to travelling movements, creative tasks to make your movement material, which is then developed into routines.

The music is a mix from pop to classical, and our dance artist Maria draws from a vast range of influences such as modern, contemporary and African dance.

"It provides me with an opportunity to combine my efforts to maintain my mobility at seventy, challenge my memory and thought process and provides a platform in which I am able to engage with others in my age group socially within a context that is fun, creative and stimulating”
Genie, Dancing to the Music of Time participant

  • The class operates on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book in advance, just turn up. You can join the open class at any point in the term.
  • To find out more call Constance Gibbs on 020 8293 9741

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Class tutor

Maria Ghoumrassi

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a graduate from Laban having studied Lester Horton technique with Diane Vivona from the Bella Lewtizky Company, Anna Marie Forsythe, and Janet Kaylo, Graham technique with Thea Barnes and Lyndon Branaugh from the Martha Graham Company, Limon technique with Sonia Rafferty and Kerry Nicholls, and Cunningham technique with Margarita Bettencourt and Anne Papoulis. As a dance artist Maria da Luz has worked with various companies such as Backstage, Kokuma, Seven Sisters Group, Garth Fagan and in the original cast of The Lion King as ensemble and dance-captain.

Maria da Luz enjoys working with people of a diversity of backgrounds, experience and abilities and has led classes for Green Candle Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, Henri Oguike, IJAD among others. She is a Spare Tyre Artist Associate working as a mentor and as a choreographer. Maria da Luz has choreographed for BBC Three's The Mighty Boosh and has been performing her own work at venues across London. She received the Trailblazers Fellowship and was short-listed for The Place Prize in 2004.

Maria da Luz regularly teaches for Greenwich Dance, Step into Dance and Trinity Laban. She has been selected for the Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme 2015-2016.

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