Winter 'almost' Intensive 2013

Beginning 18 July, we will hold five weeks of Thursday morning classes centred around various bodily practices.


18 July       Fiona Bryant

25 July       Anna Mortley

1 August    Sophia Cowen

8 August    Kim Sargent-Wishart

15 August  Jo White

Time: 10am-12pm
Cost:  $16 Full / $14 Concession / $12 Member per session
          $75 Full / $65 Concession / $55 Member for 5 classes
Bookings Essential:


Fiona Bryant                        Constructively, Consciously, Moving

The session will begin with a guided warm up throughout which principles of the Alexander Technique will be introduced. Driven by a series of verbal and physical provocations, these principles will then be taken into open and scored movement improvisations collectively aimed at expanding consciousness of our whole psychophysical organization. We will conclude with some directed semi supine work to restore, re-energize and reintegrate.

FIONA BRYANT is a Melbourne based dance choreographer, performer, educator and Alexander Technique teacher. Over the last decade she has created and performed award winning works for curated and independent seasons, the most recent of which (Hiatus, Next Wave Festival 2012) received a Green Room Award nomination. Fiona's work And Now I Know will be performed later this year in Perth as a part of the Dance Sites initiative.  

Anna Mortley             Attention through movement

The session will start with a Feldenkrais lesson called "Attention Through Movement" (ATM). This builds up self-awareness and shows different relationships in movement. These movements will be explored doing floor work, standing and moving in space to different rhythms, adding to the fundamentals of contemporary dance.

French and Australian, ANNA MORTLEY recently relocated to  Melbourne  has  a varied professional background in contemporary dance as a choreographer,  artist, performer and teacher. The key to her practice is the Feldenkrais method which enables dancers to improve their self awareness and movements in a significant and meaningful way.

Sophia Cowen

Sophia will start with the floor: using its' surface to experience our own weight and to begin our play with gravity. You will build exercises and contemporary dance phrases that take us out of and into the floor; with a focus on the way we initiate momentum and then ride it.

SOPHIA COWEN holds a B.A in Dance and Choreography from the School for New Dance Development (2003) after initially obtaining dance qualifications from the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for the Arts (1996). Since 1996 she has worked as a dancer/performer for various artists and companies including N.O.R.P.A Dance Theatre, Janis Claxton and Cathy Henkil in Northern N.S.W and Helen Grogan and Martin Butler in the Netherlands. In Melbourne Sophia has worked with Shaun McLeod and Tim Darbyshire and has been teaching dance both independantly and at Deakin University.

Kim Sargent-Wishart             Body-Mind Centering® and embryology, a movement research class

The complex sequencing of our body's creation reveals patterns which underlie its current state. Come  and explore how embodying embryological patterns gives us a clearer support, a finer presence and more articulate creative options. This movement class will use material and techniques from Body-Mind Centering®, a cutting-edge somatic approach to exploring and engaging the mind of the body. All levels welcome.

KIM SARGENT-WISHART is a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, a Registered Movement Educator (ISMETA), dance-maker, improviser, and Pilates instructor. She has a BA with honours in Dance from Wesleyan University, is currently engaged in a PhD in performance studies at Victoria University, and has taught locally at Dancehouse and Deakin University. 

Jo White

Class will begin with an exploration of non-stylized movements and ideas that are informed by the bodywork practices I have been investigating for over a decade. This focus serves to awaken the deep structures that support and transfer force through the body and organize from inner to outer.   From this platform we will progress to the exploration of yoga asana.  Focusing our attention to the alignment, sequencing and specific dynamics of each posture to cultivate a more cohesive, energetic body and mind.

JO WHITE has been dancing and teaching dance, pilates and yoga in Melbourne for over a decade. During this time she has worked and toured extensively with Phillip Adams Balletlab, as well as other independent artists in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Tokyo.  For the past 5 years she has been teaching ballet and contemporary at the Victorian College of the Arts and regularly teaches morning class for Lucy Guerin Company.  Her yoga practice is informed and supported by ongoing learning under the guidance of senior Iyengar teacher Peter Thompson.