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.

HEY! Before every IDC class (May–July) there is a Feldenkrais class from 8:30am–9:30am with Julian Wong Cost: $10 per class.


26 June 2018: Anton
3 July 2018: Anton
10 July 2018: Anton
17 July 2018: Anton



Chimene Steele-Prior

Chimene Steele-Prior

Chimene is a Melbourne based Performer, Choreographer and Teacher. She studied at NZSD (Diploma of Dance Performance) and at WAAPA as a member of LINK Dance Company (Bachelor of Performing Arts).

Chimene's choreographic work spans film, installation and live performance and has been presented in galleries, nightclubs, shopfronts and performance venues. Her last work IN FORMATION II was nominated for a Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation in 2015.

Chimene has worked with artists including Restless Sleepers (UK)/Nat Cursio Co, Sheridan Lang, Shaun McLeod, Shian Law, Melissa Jones, Rob McCredie, Geoffrey Watson and Luke George/Rebecca Reid. She has worked extensively with Opera Australia since 2011.

Class with Chimene
Countertechnique® provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Countertechnique® was created and developed by Dutch choreographer, dancer and teacher Anouk van Dijk, currently artistic director of Australian dance company Chunky Move.

Lee Serle

Lee Serle

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.

Rhiannon Newton

Rhiannon Newton

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. 

Dean Walsh

Dean Walsh

Dean has been an influential Australian dance and performance practitioner since 1991. He has tutored for many dance and theatre courses across Australia and OS, including 3 months for the New Dance Development Centre, Amsterdam (2004), a 3-week teaching and workshop residency at DanceBase in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007) and a week in residence at Enhime University in Matsuyama, Japan (2006).

He’s participated in countless touring strategies for both his performance and/or educational practice, including presenting work in mainstream and fringe festivals in all states of Australia except the NT. He’s choreographed/directed nearly 40 solo and group works and has toured 14 of these nationally and/or internationally (Japan, UK, Europe and the US).

Dean has performed with many reputable dance and contemporary theatre companies in Australia and OS, including DV8 in London (2002–2005). In 2011 he was awarded the coveted 2-year Australia Council Dance Fellowship, researching the compilation of a movement taxonomy and practice inspired by marine environmental science understandings. Dean is also a passionate advocate for disability-inclusive practice and its wider development as a growing, serious arts sector.

Class with Dean
Dean has been teaching dance and performance at tertiary and professional levels since mid 1993. Having worked extensively across dance, contemporary theatre, queer performance, disability inclusive practice and marine environmental science interplay, Dean's classes are a spontaneous mix of exercises that really get us traversing space and are often immediately adapted to cater for the participants' needs in front of him. He tends to start with a simple stretch-based and very fluid routine or a series of modality-based instructional directives so as to sense the potential diversity of participants. His classes are a fun yet rigorous workout, physically and mentally.



Anton has 20 years of experience as an producer, event artistic director, performer, choreographer, movement director and dance teacher.

His commissions and choreographies include Artsitic Director — The Australian Dance Awards 2014 and Opening Bloc Party Parramasala 2013 and works for Sydney Opera House — Spring Dance 2012, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Form Projects, Brisbane Arts Festival, TanzFestival Ingolstadt — Germany, Sydney Opera House – Education Unit, Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Tasdance, university dance training institutions, youth companies, live TV events, dance on film, TV commercials, music videos and multimedia dance projects.

His teaching credits include Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Legs on the Wall, TASDANCE, Expressions Dance Company, Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company and Beijing Modern Dance LTDX, Dream Dance Company, Tanya Pearsons, Brent St, Ev and Bow, Studio Tibor, AC Arts South Australia, Australian Centre of Physical Education, NAISDA, Western Australian Academy of Performance Arts, Queensland University of Technology and QL2.

Class with Anton
Throughout the class we will move, through set and guided visualised phrase materials to systematically form, structure, shake, stir, ignite, play and test the body. We will start from a place of stillness full of imagery and move gradually to a heightened elevated body.
Please bring your open inquisitiveness and joy of movement!

Julian Wong

Julian Wong

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.

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.