Professional Class: Shelley Maxwell
Cuban Contemporary is rooted in the Graham Technique. This high energy class combines Graham principles with contemporary movements and utilises polyrhythmic structures that are common in Cuban Contemporary styles.
In the class you will explore numerous principles of contraction and release, as well as incorporating spinal manipulations and travelling sequences. Exercises will explore the shifting of weight through space whilst demanding a sense of attack and musical dynamism. The warm up builds strength and stamina to effectively execute progressions and travelling sequences.
Shelley Maxwell trained at the National School of Dance (ENA) in Havana, Cuba and has toured and performed extensively with both the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and the London based Tavaziva Dance Company. She crossed over into Musical Theatre performing in both Disney's Lion King and Bill T. Jones’ FELA!
She holds an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban, teaches at The Place and works as an animateur for Rambert. She is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University and Kingston College. In her role as a Movement Director and choreographer, she has worked with The National Theatre, the RSC, the Young Vic and the Lyric.