Contemporary Dance is a style of dance which evolved from a rebellion against the restraints of classical ballet. In contrast to the strictness of style required by classical ballet technique, contemporary dance principles veer away from set form and make use of contraction, release, suspension, off-balance, spiral, tilt and breath. A Contemporary technique class may make use of both floor and standing work, as well as more experimental and fluid movements.
Chantry Full Associates on the Contemporary Dance Programme are taught to develop an understanding of established codified modern-dance techniques including Graham, Limon and Cunningham, as well as mixed and release syles, and learning creative skills and improvisation, and repertoire from major 20th and 21st century contemporary works.
Students are taught by members of Chantry Dance Company who have danced in companies and for choreographers that include: Martha Graham Company Dance Theatre of Harlem Javier De Frutos Robards Dance
Chantry Full Associates have gone on to gain places at vocational schools including: Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Trinity Laban Laines School of Theatre Arts Central School of Ballet London Studio Centre
Previous Full Associates who have become Apprentice Dancers with Chantry Dance Company: Rebecca Scanlon Sorrel De Paula Hanika
Current and former Full Associates who have been coached with Chantry in international competitive dance: Scarlett Harvey - YAGP FINALIST, scholarhips offered by BOLSHOI and AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE (93 in contemporary solo created by Chantry)
Entry is by audition only
11 monthly 3-hour sessions per year
In the first half of each session, students take a technique class in contemporary ballet, contemporary, or related techniques. The second half of each session varies and may include: Repertoire - Improvisation techniques - Creative skills, including choreographic tools - Working with company choreographers - A masterclass with an invitation teacher
Suitable for pre-vocational and vocational level students
Open to ages 11-25 divided into 2 groups based on experience level
Selected students may be invited to perform with the School performance team or with Chantry Dance Company at points during the year
Date: Second Sunday of each month Time: 11:30am-2:30pm (Cunningham Group), 3:00pm-6:00pm (Horton Group) Location: Dance Pointe, 5 Swinegate, Grantham, NG31 6RJ Sessions: 11 sessions per year from September-July Fees: £245 per year (Scholarships and bursaries are available - contact us for further details)
Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts is a vocational British dance school and our standards are professional and exacting. We encourage students to commit fully to the demands of any Associate Programme they attend and present and conduct themselves accordingly.
Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts has been awarded Recognised School status by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre, and has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDMT’s Recognised School Award demonstrate that their pre-vocational courses adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard students in their dance training.