Dancing to the Music of Time: Open Class
A drop-in class for those aged 55+
Not just about exercise and fitness, this class allows participants to be creative and to be themselves. Class aims to create a wellcoming and safe atmosphere where participants are able focus on their body and mind, at whatever stage they are at, valuing their experiences and curiousity to learn and share something new. 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 electic music ranges from classical to pop and world music 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
Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, teacher and choreographer/movement director. She is experienced in a diversity of styles and has been working with a range of groups from children to older people and professional dancers. She is a Spare Tyre Artist Associate working with people with Learning disabilities, as a mentor and choreographer. As a dancer, Maria da Luz has worked with companies including 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. She regularly teaches for Greenwich Dance, Step into Dance and Chisenhale Dance Space.
- Maria Ghoumrassi