This class draws focusing on chore strength, gravity, musicality, speed and dynamics.
The warm up aims to awaken the body’s awareness through alignment, touching on the idea of presence and mindfulness. We progress from simple to more complex exercises leading to dynamic sequences through space, playing between set movement and individual exploration.
Class aims to find ways in which dance technique can be influenced by somatic practices without losing its rigor and precision and sense of emotional connectedness.
Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a London based dancer, teacher, choreographer and movement director. A graduate from The Laban Centre (Trinity Laban), Maria da Luz worked in the original cast of The Lion King as ensemble and dance-captain working with Garth Fagan and Julie Taymor.
She has worked with companies including Kokuma Dance Theatre working on Germaine Acogny’s technique, Jeanette Brooks, as well as, international and Portuguese New Dance choreographers, such as, Meg Stuart, Vera Mantero, Francisco Camacho and Madalena Vitorino.
In 2004, she received the Trailblazers Fellowship and was short-listed for The Place Prize. Her work has been presented at venues such as The Place, Curve and Chisenhale Dance Space.
As movement director she has worked with BBC The Mighty Boosh, Border Crossings, Spare Tyre, Eldarin Yeong Studio and Bob Hope Theatre.
Maria da Luz was selected for Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentorship 2016, working with Kerry Nicholls and Sonia Rafferty towards researching and developing her teaching practice further revisiting her rich professional background and finding new ways to resonate with the present.
She is interested in an open and inclusive approach to dance regardless of experience. She delivers and facilitates sessions for a wide range of people from professional dancers, actors, to community groups including babies and parents, children, youth and older people.
As Associate Artist with Spare Tyre, she mentors and choreographs working with artists with learning disabilities. Maria da Luz regularly teaches for Greenwich Dance, Chisenhale Dance Space, TripSpace, open [class], The Place and Trinity Laban.
Her current research into the relationship between body, mind and identity has led her to working with Dance Research Studio, Urban Bush Women, Sharon Ama Wray and Judith Sanchez Ruíz.
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