Training for Dancers
Rachael Nanyonjo graduated from Roehampton University with a BA Honours in Dance Studies. She formed Kansaze Dance Theatre in 2011, to create innovative contemporary physical dance theatre that responds to socio-cultural and political themes through collaborating with different art forms. Rachael works as a choreographer, teacher, movement director and director. She has worked with the Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre, Young Vic, National Theatre, East London Dance, Wayne McGregor Random Dance, Big Dance, BBC (Working Titles films), Roehampton University, Sky Arts, Batalo East (Uganda), and has worked as a visiting lecturer teaching choreography at Middlesex University. Rachel gained a Masters in choreography from Middlesex University in 2012, and is also a 2015 British Council and Arts Council England international development fund recipient, undertaking a research, development and documentation project with Ugandan-based Tabu Flo Dance Company. Rachael is a One Dance UK (ADAD) Trailblazer Fellow 2015-2016. Commissions include Dance East HOST Festival 2016, Ballet Boys Ignition Festival 2014 & Roehampton University Third Row Dance Company 2013. Achievements include a recipient of Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme 2013/14 & London Hub’s ‘Pitch It!’ bursary 2013.
Rachael’s class is physical, fun and creative. This class combines contemporary dance techniques such as release and contact improvisation, along with incorporating themes from Ugandan afro contemporary styles, and music Rachael experienced while working in Uganda in 2015. The class is designed to begin with an improvisational warm up that focuses on the coordination and mobilisation of the spine, joints, head and body in space. The group then explores rhythmical patterns through sequences and footwork influenced by afro contemporary dance. Traveling work includes contact improvisation, remaining centered and grounded in the body and moving with rhythm. The session concludes with a phrase that incorporates the movement experienced at the beginning of the class. This is a class that aims to get you moving, expressing yourself freely and energetically.