Dance with us this summer!
Our Summer Intensive is a great way to enjoy moving and to meet, discuss, share, create, pray, encounter, grow, worship, heal, strengthen, and explore.
Our new timetable includes classes, workshops and discussions for complete beginners to advanced dancers.
I felt truly nourished body and soul by the end of the event. Nourish weekend was the highlight of 2020 for me.
It was inspiring, challenging and also fulfilling spiritually.
It brought a deeply refreshing boost to keep dancing, and left me keen to further different avenues that I'd discovered and learnt about over the weekend. It was a truly wholesome weekend from the inside out, and from my head to my toes.
Build your own timetable by picking the classes that interest you. Each morning will have two elective slots when you can choose which class you can take part in. With technique classes in a range of techniques and levels as well as creative workshops, there is something for everyone. Click on the titles below to find out more about some of the classes on offer:
Psalms & Stretches is a gentle exercise class that combines movement with meditation on scripture from the book of Psalms. This is a class where wellbeing meets worship and is a brilliant way to warm-up body, soul and spirit ahead of a day of dancing!
Suitable for all levels.
A movement meditation focusing on the theme of Rest. Helping us to remember that we don't have to do everything in our own strength. God lives inside of us, out of that comes immeasurably more...
Suitable for all levels.
A meditation to build hope and resilience. Drawing on the Christian faith and designed as a creative tool of support as we face this complex present and future.
Suitable for all levels.
Mobilisation and conditioning for dancers. The class will focus on strengthening and stability, proper alignment and relaxed support, enhancing performance and longevity as movers and dancers. Please bring an exercise mat if you have one.
A survey of dance in the Bible, and what it means for the Church. David, Salome, in the Psalms and Prophets… Bring Bibles and notebooks.
Claire's/Fizzy's contemporary class is dynamic and musical. There is a mixture of standing and
floor work, with a focus on strengthening the body and shifting in space with a sense of flow. The content and way she delivers her classes is inspired by her experiences of training and working as an eclectic dancer and teacher in the industry, and now as a College tutor. This session will also include an element of improvisation.
Suitable for all levels.
Claire’s/Fizzy's contemporary class is dynamic and musical. There is a mixture of standing and floor work, with a focus on strengthening the body and shifting in space with a sense of flow. The content and way she delivers her classes is inspired by her experiences of training and working as an eclectic professional dancer and teacher in the industry, and now as a College tutor. This class will be a development of Wednesday's General Level session, and slightly more challenging in terms of pace, and content.
Company dancer Emily will lead a feel-good contemporary technique class that is dynamic and free-flowing, allowing us to feel energised and invigorated.
Embody the world of classical ballet in this rich workshop that dabbles in exercises, repertoire and stretches, to unlock your ballet passion.
Suitable for beginners or those with limited ballet experience.
Embody the world of contemporary dance. This workshop to enjoy will incorporate strengthening and stretching body prep, exercises to get you moving and a creative time inspired by contemporary repertoire.
Improve and challenge your ballet technique whilst finding joy, renewal and refreshment. We will move expansively and expressively within the precision and accuracy of ballet technique.
A fun and accessible introduction to the technique and artistry of Flamenco. No experience required, trainers and long skirts preferable for women. Trainers preferable for men.
Come and experience the joy and ‘duende’ of Flamenco!
Join the Founder and Artistic Director of The Natashas Project as she helps you look at how stories can be communicated through dance and how you can bring ideas to life in a new creative way.
Who it’s for: anyone who is currently creating or wishes to create dance performances. This can be either for any theme or faith based work.
The full Dance Intensive course (Sunday to Thursday) costs £220, or £190 for Supporters of Springs Dance Company
The Dance Lite version (Monday to Thursday mornings only) costs £150, or £130 for Supporters of Springs Dance Company
All options include FREE ENTRY to the final evening’s event.
Please note: This is not a residential course and so you will be responsible for sourcing your own accommodation.
We are excited to have a wonderful team of teachers joining us for this event. Click on the dots below to find out more.
Claire (aka Fizzy!) trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School, where she toured with EDge06. Claire has worked for Opera North and Royal Opera House Covent Garden as a dancer, dance captain and assistant choreographer. Claire restaged the ROH’s AIDA in Valencia at the Palau De Les Art.
Claire has also worked for Loop, Springs Dance Company, James Wilton at Sadler's Wells, and has been a dancer and dance captain in 'The Snowman', London's West End as well as appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita.
Teaching Credits include RAD Step into Dance programme, Richard Alston Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Springs Dance Company, The Centre for Advanced Dance Training, The Place Evening School Classes, Birmingham DanceXchange, The Lowry, SOTE and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s community outreach. Claire also ran Holy Trinity Brompton's Dance ministry for a number of years.
DANIEL COSSETTE classically trained in mime and toured with Mimeistry International 1999-2002. He danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston TX 2009-2013, including prelude performances for Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris companies. Since coming to the UK Daniel has danced with Springs Dance Company performing and teaching nationally, as well as with E33 Dance Company, London UK (2013-present).
Daniel co-directs Infusion Physical Theatre, Cambridge UK, fusing multi-disciplinary artforms of contemporary dance, non-traditional partnering, mime, puppetry, shadow theatre and circus. They’ve performed site specific work for the National Trust, social justice pieces against human trafficking, and will appear in Edinburgh Fringe 2022 with an all-new show, Soothe.
Emily trained at Rambert School and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Since graduating, Emily has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, Casson & Friends, Hawk Dance Theatre, English National Opera and E33. Emily is co-founder of Eek & Wild who are Artists in Residence at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Emily also has a passion for teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities and has taught extensively around the UK. It brings Emily joy when dance brings communities together.
Emma performed in the West End for many years as a dancer and actor in musicals, plays and dance productions.
She was in ‘Flamenco Neuva’ at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, directed by Craig Revel-Horwood of ‘Strictly’ fame.
Emma has taught at The Drama Studio, University of West London for many years and currently teaches Flamenco and Acting at The Central School of Ballet, and Acting at The Royal Ballet Upper School. She also coaches Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet Company. She is Director of The Flamenco Rock Company.
Her Film production company FlettFilms produces films shared by The Royal Opera House, Scottish Ballet, Film Soho and The Sunday Times. She is also a Psalms & Stretches instructor which she loves teaching, she loves all the creativity she gets to be a part of! With her husband Ed they led the Central London Vineyard Church in Soho in a nightclub. They now live in Ham with their 3 screenagers!
Upon graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Erena founded The Natashas Project, a professional dance company combating modern slavery and human trafficking, in 2013. Alongside her work with the organisation Erena has performed for other companies and choreographers in the UK. Erena’s favourite thing is being a light in her workplace and seeing how God can use her, not just through her but through her performance also. Erena is also on the core team for organisation West End Has Faith.
Helen has been dancing ever since she can remember, and for much of that time has been passionate about using movement as an expression of faith. She trained at Roehampton University and as an apprentice with Springs Dance Company, after which she developed a ‘two-pronged’ career in community dance and charity finance. As a community dance facilitator, Helen has worked for many years in schools, churches, community centres and residential homes. She loves the capacity movement has for improving people’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and was delighted to discover Psalms & Stretches. During a time when our holistic health has been brought into sharp focus for us all, Psalms & Stretches has been a real source of nourishment for Helen and she looks forward to giving that same opportunity to the classes she now teaches.
Naomi is based in Belgium, working as a dancer, teacher and dance management consultant. As well as working with children, teenagers and adults in Brussels, her freelance teaching still takes her back to the UK as well as to projects such as Project Play in Northern France. Naomi trained at Central School of Ballet and during her career in the UK flitted between dancer, rehearsal director, and education specialist with companies such as Maiden Voyage Dance Company, The Royal Opera House, Artis and Springs Dance Company. Naomi was Assistant Director for Springs between 2010-2017 and has since continued in the role of Artistic and Education Advisor.
As a freelance dancer and teacher, Sarah has provided therapeutic dance classes for survivors of trafficking and adults with learning disabilities. She has been exploring the link between dance and dancing in the Spirit and sees dance as a creative means to express emotions and draw close to God in worship.
Sarah oversees Dance Worship at St Peters, Brockley and has been part of worship teams at numerous events including HTB Healing Rooms and David’s Tent.
Sarah trained at London Contemporary Dance School and then joined Transitions Dance Company at Laban, graduating with an MA in Dance Performance.