Saturday 4th February 2023 10.00am-6.00pm

This immersive day will celebrate the element of earth and the winter season through dance and somatic movement, including working indoors (rural dance studio) and outdoors.

Ballet- a healing mixture of conditioning exercises and technique formulated with the classical ballet structure in mind. The class addresses and respects the complexities of the body as we change with age, injury and workload. The changing dancer’s body is embraced and whole heartedly expressed. We will commence with a continuous barre with attention on careful placement and intention. This will encourage the body’s natural desire towards alignment and coordinated movement to create an uninterrupted flow throughout the entire body. As the class progresses there will be reference to element of air and the season, we find ourselves in.

Facilitated by Clare Novaes.

Contemporary Dance- a release-based class with a somatic sensibility. Focusing on breath, the use of the weight of bones and muscles and connection to skin. Taking the opportunity to re-engage with our body and spatial awareness, ourselves and other. Imagery and finding a sense of flow and connection within the space will be a feature of the movement and choreography. As the class progresses there will be reference to the element of earth and the season, we find ourselves in.

Facilitated by Sandy Cuthbert.

Somatic Movement-exploring the creative and transformative aspects of movement and lived body experience-how moving from a deeply felt experience of the living body can stimulate creativity and facilitate wellbeing and self-awareness. The sessions will explore aspects of experiential anatomy, visualisation, embodying the season, the element of earth, and authentic movement practice. Facilitated by Clare Novaes and Sandy Cuthbert

Lunch and refreshments provided from locally sourced organic produce, freshly prepared with ingredients and recipes to compliment the season and activity of the day.

Cost: ÂŁ120-early bird 10% discount-paid 31st December 2022. Limited places available so book early!

Venue: Rural dance studio near Moira.

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Recent participants of event said:

“It was a really enjoyable, enriching, and interesting experience set in a truly beautiful location”

“Fabulous creative way to explore and embrace autumn through dance”
“An outstanding opportunity to encounter a ‘Re:Treat’ with a difference…movement and more, meaning and me-time”

About the facilitators:

Clare Novaes

Clare Novaes

Clare enjoys the classical aesthetic values of alignment, purity and balance in ballet. Owner and ballet teacher at Clare Novaes Ballet School for 23 years she believes teaching ballet it is not about transmitting knowledge, but enabling, challenging and nurturing dancers until they are more fully themselves, and better at what they do-whatever their age or background. She respects individuality and the risk each artist takes in class each day with no judgement.

Clare’s first job after graduating from 3 year teacher training at The Royal Academy of Dance in London was at Crystal Palace London, teaching body alignment to the Olympic high board diving squad with a continuous body conditioning ballet barre created by John O’Brien. At RAD Clare worked with Dr Ann Hutchinson Guest, the director of the Language of Dance Centre, London on Laban notation and used this research when teaching dance in Brazil, South America. Returning from Brazil Clare was inspired by John Blacking at QUB to study Anthropology with Ethnomusicology.

Clare worked with the highly skilled multidisciplinary team at Blackstone Physiotherapy and Sports injury clinic to develop a Barre Tone class. She also worked with Clare Guss-West at the RAD developing dance and lifelong wellbeing. She is now director of Ballet Retreats.

“I continue to develop my own relationship with dance and explore movement with the ageing body”

Sandy Cuthbert

Sandy Cuthbert

Sandy is a freelance dance and somatic practitioner with a background in contemporary dance and movement improvisation. Qualifications include a BA (Hons) Creative Arts (Visual Art & Dance), PGCE, Post-graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dance & Choreography-London Contemporary Dance School and a MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being.

As a professional dancer she has worked as a commercial dancer, a circus performer and as a contemporary dancer, companies include: The National Dance Company of Wales, In Transit, Maiden Voyage Dance, Off The Rails. Sandy recently returned to performing in ‘Epilogue’ premiered at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. She has over 20 years FE & HE dance lecturing experience. She continues to work as a choreographer and movement director for theatre companies.

Sandy is a professional member of ISMETA-Registered Somatic Movement Educator. Sandy works for Maiden Voyage Dance as freelance ‘Engagement Coordinator’ including facilitating the Seasonal Somatic programme. She has a BAFTA in Costume Design (film), is a qualified Garden Designer and has recently rekindled a passion as a textile artist.

“As a mature dancer I am interested in the wisdom of the body, opening to how the body wants to move, connecting more deeply to the elements and the natural world”

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