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 2019 with classes commencing January.
If you would like to teach or lead a session, please contact:
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.
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.
HEY! Before every IDC class (August–December) there is a Feldenkrais class from 8:30am–9:30am with Julian Wong Cost: $10 per class.
Sara is an Australian-born performer/choreographer and teacher. During her career she has collaborated, performed and choreographed extensively internationally with companies such as Rogue, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Punchdrunk, Protein Dance, NYID, The Australian Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Belvoir Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and National Theatre of Parramatta along with many national and international independent artists. Sara was awarded a Helpmann Award for best dancer for the solo work ‘Glow’ and has been nominated for two Green Rooms in the same category. As a teacher she has lead regular classes and workshops for companies and organisations such as Sydney Dance Company, Iceland Dance Company, Bangarra dance theatre, Dance North, Chunky Move, Greenwich dance (London), Tripspace (London) and Lucy Guerin inc. She continues teaching, collaborating and making her own work in both Australia and overseas.
Class with Sara
A high-energy class that will focus on weight and momentum. Working to understand our individual bodies and using what we discover to find more efficient ways to approach movement. Building from floor through to standing we will work on finding the natural weight and momentum of our bodies in space through structured phrases and improvisation.
Sue Healey is a Sydney-based choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist.
Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces and contexts: theatres, galleries and the camera. She has lectured and taught at many dance institutions including; VCA, WAAPA, UNSW & NZSD for the past 35 years.
Healey received the prestigious Creative Fellowship in 2014 from the Australia Council for Arts, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne 2015.
Sue has won 5 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film/New Media and Independent Dance. She has created 10 major films with cinematographer Judd Overton, her key film collaborator.
Sue is currently filming and creating On View: Hong Kong and Japan, produced by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Aichi Arts Centre, to become a major performance installation that will tour Asia in 2019/20. suehealey.com
Class with Sue
Sue Healey’s technique class offers the dancer ways to explore movement with ease and efficiency, while building strength and clarity. Attention is given to musicality, improvised and choreographic structures.
Rhiannon is a dancer and choreographer based in Sydney, Australia. Her practice focuses on the intersection of live-ness and repetition, exploring how knowledge, change and consensus emerge through processes of repeating. Rhiannon's work has been presented at Dance Massive Festival and Dancehouse (Melbourne), Brisbane Festival and Metro Arts (Brisbane), Critical Path, Shopfront Arts, Firstdraft and PACT (Sydney), The Lock-up (Newcastle), The Judson Church (New York), Performing Arts Forum (France), Nagib On Stage (Slovenia) and Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland). She works as a performer with artists such as Rosalind Crisp, Mette Edvardsen, Martin Del Amo, Paea Leach and Brooke Stamp. Rhiannon co-facilitates First Run Sydney, is on the board of ReadyMade Works Studio and lectures in dance at the Australian College of Physical Education. In 2018 she is the Dancehouse Housemate associate artist and the Create NSW Emerging Performing Artist Fellow.
Class with Rhiannon
Rhiannon’s class practices different connections in the body with a focus on weight, release, efficiently and ease. The class begins with floor work that practices simple pathways for integrating the whole body. It progresses to standing exercises and phrases which focus on efficient use of weight, momentum and the circularity of the body. With good beats, lots of moving through the space and influences of somatic and release techniques, Rhiannon creates a warm and generous class environment that prioritises the pleasure of moving.
Brianna Kell is an independent dance artist based in Sydney.
In 2017–18 Kell was in residence at TheFarm, a recipient of a research lab at Critical Path and granted a TRIP residency at Tasdance.
Kell has created works Observation, Flow, The Void and Heaven Metal.
2017 Kell was movement advisor for Thomas Wilson-White’s film The Greenhouse and choreographer for Exhibitionist’s film clips Hands and Motionless.
Brianna has performed and worked with companies The Farm in collaboration with Co3, Tasdance, Limosani Projekts, DirtyFeet and Murmuration.
A graduate from The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dance in 2010. Kell was awarded the Orloff Family Trust award for Most Outstanding Talent. 2012-present Kell currently works with company DirtyFeet as choreographer, performer, and facilitator of the RightFoot Project. (Photo by Lowanna Davies)
Class with Brianna
Brianna’s class will focus on impulse and active sensation. Let’s move together release inhibitions and get sweaty!
Brooke’s practice spans a rich 15 years of experimentation and collaborative investigation in performance, improvisation and visual & sonic arts. Her development as a solo artist has been paralleled by a notable lineage with iconic experimental dance company Phillip Adams Balletlab. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mentor to young and emerging artists throughout Australia. Brooke’s work has been acknowledged via the Inaugural Balletlab Choreographic Commission, ‘And All Things Return to Nature’, the Keir Choreographic Award, ‘Tearaway, Part One: The crater of Motor Power’ as well as Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival, Lucy Guerin Inc, Carriage Works Nightime Praogram, the Victorian College of the Arts, the MTC, Dancehouse, FUR Salon, the Meat Market, and the LO’real Melbourne Fashion Festival. In 2005 Brooke was awarded the Professional Skills and Development award from the Australia Council for the Arts to spend time in New York City, where she learned and practiced with artists including Miguel Gutierrez, Sarah Rudner, Steven Petronio and Yvonne Miers. Her work as a performer has earned her nominations for Green Room and Helpmann Awards in 2008, 2011 & 2012.
Class with Brooke
Brooke’s practice has evolved through a rich 15 year lineage with iconic experimental dance company Phillip Adams Balletlab, synergistically paralleled with her improvisational practices and multi layered approaches to bodily & spatial energy, and concepts of transmission. Her classes for Sydney IDC will bring together avenues of improvisational and technical practice that focus on the dancers core kinetic and energetic impulse to move. Through warming the body into action in the first half of class, dancers will then have an opportunity to fine-tune their understanding of gravity in the body, focussing on internal and external experiences of space & spatial arrangement, line and dynamism within complex & detailed choreographic phrasing. Guiding dancers through modes of abandon versus organisation, the class will harness efficient articulations of the whole body designed in space.
Lee Serle is a choreographer and performer creating dances for the stage, site-specific, interactive and participatory performance, Installations and intimate solo dances. His work has been showcased to an International audience in USA, France, Lebanon, Colombia and Australia, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc., Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Dancenorth and the Victorian College of the Arts.
As a sought-after performer, Lee has collaborated with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Lucy Guerin Inc., Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Shelley Lasica, Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Byron Perry and Colombian visual artist Mateo López.
Lee is a Rolex Arts Fellow (2010) and an Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellow (2012)
Class with Lee
Lee’s class begins with mapping the body and mobilising the joints to allow for efficient movement pathways with the application of weight and momentum. Following this we will focus on oppositional coordination exercises finding differing points of initiation and dynamic redirection in preparation for complex movement phrases.
Julian is a Sydney based dancer and musician. His practice is grounded in the somatic explorations of the Feldenkrais Method, as well as a background in martial arts.
Class with Julian
This class will be a co-created space, open to all. The intention is to have a mix of guided movement and discussion, leading to free dance with music. The basic lessons will be drawn from the Feldenkrais Method, and our inspiration will be the babies downstairs. Feel free to come with questions.
Patricia is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her practice draws from choreographic and ethnographic process and takes multiple forms, including performance, radio transmission and text. She recently completed a Masters of Research, ‘Dancing the Archive’, at Macquarie University. Patricia has received residencies from Critical Path, Frontyard, Ausdance, Tasdance, PA-F and Omeo Dance. As a performer she works with dance companies and independent artists such as Stan’s Café, Mette Edvardsen, Eszter Salamon, Ros Crisp, Clare Dyson, Natalie Cursio, Ivey Wawn, Dean Walsh, Victoria Hunt and Rhiannon Newton. Patricia’s writing has been published in un Magazine and Critical Dialogues. Until recently she managed the artist run dance space, ReadyMade Works and facilitated Sydney’s independent dance classes (IDC). Patricia sits on the board of Critical Path, is a teaching artist with Sydney Dance Company and is currently in residence at Omeo in Paris.
Class with Patricia
Patricia’s class will focus on weight, momentum and the pleasure that comes from the moving body. Utilising efficient pathways we will move through space to good tunes.
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.