Professional Class: Maria Ghoumrassi
This class draws from modern and release based techniques focusing on chore strength, dynamics and musicality, clarity of movement and a sense of artistic design.
The warm up aims to awaken the dancer’s body awareness through alignment touching on the idea of presence and mindfulness, progressing from simple to more complex exercises leading to dynamic sequences through space, playing between set movement and improvisation encouraging a sense of individual exploration.
Maria da Luz has been investigating ways in which dance technique can be influenced by somatic practices without losing its rigor and precision and sense of emotional connectedness.
- You will have access to The Old Libray from 10:15.
- For safety reasons, we cannot admit participants after 10.40am, or when the class reaches maximum capacity.
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.