Independent Dance Classes

Independent Dance Classes | Tues @ 10am

Creative City of Sydney

IDC: Image by Clare Hawley


Now in its fifth 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.

Please drop in to a class on a Tuesday morning!

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

The Caretakers
Email: caretakers@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 2–4 weeks. If you are interested please drop us an email with potential dates; a short class description (max 50 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

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

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

2019 DATES:

22 Oct 2019: Miranda Wheen
29 Oct 2019: Thomas Bradley
5 Nov 2019: Matt Cornell
12 Nov 2019: Matt Cornell

IDC: Image by Clare Hawley

Images by Clare Hawley


Miranda Wheen

Miranda Wheen

Miranda is an independent dancer based in Sydney. She has collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including; Marrugeku, Martin Del Amo, Stalker Theatre, Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Dance Makers Collective and Restless Dance Theatre, among others.

Class with Miranda
Contemporary class includes formal exercises to attend to basic body support systems, improvisation to stimulate curiosity and self directed practice, and extended phrases to encourage the dance to be danced. Maintaining an attention to performance throughout, class will foster an appreciation of discipline as a way of accessing greater, or clearer, possibilities.

Thomas Bradley

Thomas Bradley

Thomas is based in Brussels (BE), and works for Emanuel Gat Dance (FR) as dancer, costume designer and pedagogue. He previously danced with Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. His practice is largely influenced by Japanese Butoh, which lead to the creation of his solo exposition yvonne and the duo performance work clay with his Japanese collaborator, Dai Matsuoka.

Class with Thomas
Thomas will not be teaching Countertechnique or Gaga because he cannot afford the accreditation. Butoh is much cheaper, but he won't be teaching that either. Thomas is a gay male dancer with Emanuel Gat Dance (FR). He hasn't won any Dance Awards, but he still visits his family. In his sessions you may become tired and confused moving swiftly through varied rhythmic scenarios, like a schizophrenic folk dancer. He also talks a lot, shifting through different (physical) characters; you are encouraged to embody these, you are supposed to feel overwhelmed. There is one important point to consider before and after the session; how to suppress one's personality during a dancing situation. There will be a lot of dancing action and techno; bring something you would wear to a social dance.

Photo by Perdro Grieg

Matt Cornell

Matt Cornell

Matt Cornell is an Australasian based choreographer who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. His work interrogates how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. His work takes multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation, in varying contexts including in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and online. Across these radically different contexts is the core notion of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can come together, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other and the stories we tell ourselves. That we may get better at living together.

Matt recently premiered The BLOKES Project at South Bank in Brisbane (a dance duo on a shipping container taking aim at the toxic parts of masculine Australian Culture.) He was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on Pacific Radio at ABC sydney about his MAP_stagram project, finding and sharing maps that cause epiphanies. Matt also had a successful season of the GIF of Dance late last year with hundreds of audience members from all over the world attending a new dance show per day — GIFofdance.com

Teaching credits include facilitating at P.A.R.T.S & VCA, leading technique class for companies including Dancenorth, Force Majeure, Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA and NAISDA The FARM, Ev and Bow, Brent Street, IDC, SDC PPY and many others. His performance credits include Gavin Webber’s Dancenorth, Legs on the Wall, Shaun Parker Co. and Shaun Gladwell and independent works with collaborators Miranda Wheen, Joshua Thomson and members of Style Impressions Krew. He has trained at Ultima Vez, danceWEB, Stamping Ground and VCA and choreographed many commissioned pieces.

Class with Matt
Preparing for dancing and then dancing. Practising renegotiating relationship with gravity, with momentum, with emotional state, with ego, with music. Moving in and out of the floor, in an out of eachothers pathway, in and out of comfort. Finding and taking joy. Where can the dancing dance us? Novelty and risk and technique and dancing.

Past Teachers include:

Anton, Brianna Kell, Brooke Stamp, Chimene Steele-Prior, Dean Walsh, Emily Amisano, Ivey Wawn, Lee Serle, Martin del Amo, Patricia Wood, Rhiannon Newton, Roz Wythes, Sara Black, Sue Healey.

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.