Independent Dance Classes


Creative City of Sydney



Now in its fourth year, IDC is run as a co-operative, by artists for artists and is supported by ReadyMade Works. Taught by industry professionals it has been formed from a desire and passion to have a regular open space to take class, train, share practice and to connect with an independent dance network in a supportive environment.

IDC returns in 2018 with classes commencing January.

If you would like to teach or lead a session, please contact:

Patricia Wood
Email: patricia@readymadeworks.com.au

Sydney IDC (Independent Dance Classes) offers weekly classes located conveniently at the ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo.

Classes run every Tuesday so there are lots of opportunities to teach as well! The teaching roster will rotate every 1–2 weeks and we welcome young artists to lead a class. If you are interested please drop us an email with potential dates; a short class description (max 100 words); and a short bio (max 100 words).

Come and connect at IDC with independent dance makers and teachers.

IDC 2018 is supported by Creative City Sydney, City of Sydney.

IDC Timetable February–December 2018

Time: 10am–11:30am
When: Tuesday mornings
Cost: $10 per class

All proceeds go straight to the guest teacher!
*Click on the teacher to read more about them and their class.




Roz Wythes

Roz Wythes

Rosslyn (Roz) Wythes’ artistic practice encompasses performance, choreography, improvisation, teaching, yoga, Vipassana meditation and water colouring.

She has worked with Australian and European choreographers Rakesh Sukesh, Jos Baker, Marta Coronado, La Fura Dels Baus, Sue Peacock, Carlee Mellow, Tanya Voges, Flatline Collective and DirtyFeet. Roz is a founding member of the Dance Makers Collective and is excited to begin working on their next project. She is a WAAPA (dance) graduate.

Class with Roz
We will use class as an opportunity to wake up the body, mind and creativity. Using both improvisation and release technique, we will explore a range of sensations and coordination. Throughout the class we will question our natural coordination and preferred sequential movement pathways, then explore how the application of effort manipulates and effects these movement pathways. 

We will consider the body in detail, and observe it on a larger scale to build greater awareness and precision in the way we move.

Martin del Amo

Martin Del Amo

Martin del Amo, originally from Germany, is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He started out as solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others including Champions (2017), Songs Not To Dance To (2015) and Slow Dances For Fast Times (2013). His Helpmann Award-winning Anatomy of an Afternoon which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in the 2012 Sydney Festival, was presented with great success at Southbank Centre London in 2014. Martin's work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships.

Class with Martin
Martin’s classes form part of his ongoing workshop series ‘The Body Exists To Be Tested’. He says: “As dancers, we are trained to perform extremely complex movement material and make it look effortless. It’s precisely our training, however, that sometimes makes us forget how powerful a simple gesture can be, or a moment of stillness, or a mere flick of an isolated body part. These classes will take an investigative approach to dancing. Introducing a series of improvisational and compositional strategies, we will explore how to generate, structure and analyse solo dance material. The focus will be on improvisation within predetermined structures and the interplay between movement and stillness.” 

Ivey Wawn

Ivey Wawn

Ivey Wawn is an independent artist studying Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She has the pleasure of contributing extensively to the work of others, as a dancer and collaborator, also making her own work for a range of contexts. Her choreographic work borrows poetics from biological processes and focuses on the political nature of systems of exchange and transmission. Through observations on micro and macro scales, she develops complex systems of transformation for the human scale, through choreography toward modes of care and consideration that hope to better fit contemporary conditions.

Class with Ivey
Ivey will lead a class that moves through focused physical exercises and imaginative explorations to awaken and take care of the dancing body.

Image: Kate Disher-Quill

Emily Amisano

Emily Amisano

Emily graduated from QUT in 1996. She has performed with Expressions Dance Company, Carte Blanche, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel, and Sydney Dance Company. She has worked with many choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Adam Linder, Emanuel Gat, Anton, Clare Dyson, Krisztina de Chatel, Jo Stromgren, Amanda Miller, Eva Cecilie Richardson, Natalie Weir and Maggi Sietsma.

In 2014 Emily created and performed the solo work “between dog and wolf” as part of IOU Dance 3. Other choreography includes “yield” (SDC 2012) and “bending the map” (SDC 2010), “incursion” (2004) and “the last best girl” (2006) for Expressions Dance Company. Emily collaborated with dancer Emma Strapps and video artist Tim Webster on “if I am everywhere” (2008).

In 2010 she received multiple Dance Australia critic’s choice nominations, and a Green Room award for her performance in Bonachela’s “we unfold”.

Emily was engaged as rehearsal director for Bangarra Dance Theatre for 2014–15.

Her teaching credits include; Sydney Dance Company, Studios and Pre-Professional year, Australian College of Physical Education, NAISDA, Ausdance NSW, Dancehouse Winter Intensive, Expressions Dance Company Intensive, Chunky Move, Ev and Bow, and McDonald College.

Class with Emily
Emily’s class will focus on exploring functional and gravitationally satisfying sequencing of the body. The class will work with imagery and myofascial awareness to activate the deep supporting structures, in order to fine-tune the articulate physical form.

Past Teachers include:

Alexandra Knox, Anton, Brianna Kell, Brooke Stamp, Carlee Mellow, Carl Sciberras, Chimene Steele-Prior, Dean Walsh, Emily Amisano, Ivey Wawn, Martin del Amo, Matt Cornell, Miranda Wheen, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Paul Hickman, Rhiannon Newton and Sue Healey.

Bec Jones, Brooke Stamp, Carlee Mellow, Cloudia Elder, Daniela Zambrano Parra, Kristina Chan, Martin del Amo, Matt Cornell, Miranda Wheen, Nalina Wait, Narelle Benjamin, Paea Leach, Rhiannon Newton, Smadar Goshen, Thomas E. Kelly and Victoria Hunt. 

Amy Mauvan, Anton, Anya McKee, Brooke Stamp, Dean Walsh, Ella-Rose Trew, Fiona Malone, Ivey Wawn, Joel Edward Thomas, Josh Thomson, Laure Bachelot, Linda Luke, Marnie Palomares, Matt Cornell, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Patricia Wood, Rhiannon Newton and Sara Black.