Professional Class: Sonia Rafferty
Influenced by the Limón technique principles of suspension, release, opposition, fall and recovery, Sonia’s personal technical philosophy, grounded in more than thirty years of teaching, also explores the concepts of flow and dynamic effort play. The class progresses through introductory material that promotes clarity of execution, technical rigour and full body articulation, as well as performance awareness by layering in attention to phrasing, musicality and lyricism. This builds towards three-dimensional, expressive sequences that are designed to challenge.
- You will have access to The Old Library from 10:15.
- For safety reasons, we cannot admit participants after 10.40am, or when the class reaches maximum capacity.
Sonia is a teacher, performer, choreographer, director, researcher, author and mentor. She regularly delivers master classes and workshops and frequently leads class or provides professional development for a wide range of companies. She has performed with companies and choreographers such as La Bouche, Nikky Smedley, V-TOL, Mothers of Invention, Athina Vahla and Lizzi Kew-Ross, as well as co-directing Double Vision Dance Company.
Describing herself as an “academic artist”, Sonia is Senior Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an MSc in Dance Science, which informs and grounds her teaching. This has also led to an interest in dance-specific fitness, writing and research. In 2015, she co-authored the book “Safe dance practice: An applied dance science perspective” with Edel Quin and Charlotte Tomlinson. One of Sonia’s main interests is to support all dancers to stay fit and healthy: she is a qualified Personal Trainer, a consultant in safe dance practice and co-founder of Safe in Dance International (SiDI).