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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Free weekly dance classes streamed for dancers in lockdown
Professional dancers, graduates and those in dance training will keep learning new moves with new live dance classes streamed online.

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Classes for professional dancers from Birmingham Pro Class


Birmingham Pro Class is behind the new programme of weekly sessions, which will be streamed through Instagram here. The move aims to support both tutors and professional dancers across Birmingham and further afield during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Online classes will be live-streamed via Instagram at 10am every Thursday at www.instagram.com/brum.proclass. Leading dance organisations DanceXchange is involved with delivering the classes along with ACE dance and music, Birmingham Dance Network, Autin Dance Theatre, Rosie Kay Dance Company and other local dance artists.

Birmingham Pro Class is a successful non-profit initiative, which has been running for almost a year offering a programme of regular classes and workshops for the growing professional dance community-based in the city and wider region.

Running initially for 10 weeks, Birmingham Pro Class is funding the classes itself from its reserves. The list of classes so far is at the end of this article.

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Dance classes to keep professional dancers fit and socialising


Johnny Autin, Dance Artist and Director of Autin Dance Theatre, one of the curators of the online programme, said: "It is really fantastic to be able to offer this new programme in response to the unprecedented UK quarantine, which has meant that training and work for professional dancers is currently suspended.

"The new programme offers vital support by providing employment to freelance artists and maintaining the vital connections for dancers in the regional community."

Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange said: "The Birmingham Pro Class initiative has gone from strength to strength over the last year demonstrating the determination of the dance sector in supporting each other and ensuring that Birmingham and the West Midlands is a great place for dance artists and companies to flourish.

"It is fantastic that the success of the initiative to-date means that Birmingham Pro Class can self-fund these new online classes and support tutors with valuable work at a moment which is incredibly difficult for freelance artists.

"The classes will also provide an important means to remaining connected with the dance community as well as maintaining fitness."

Details of the full 10 week programme will be published online at the Birmingham Pro website.

Classes announced so far are:

Thursday 9 April at 10am - Laura VanHulle

A highly physical release dance class adjusted for small spaces. Laura uses her background in Cunningham as a basis for her highly physical classes which combine multiple influences including African dance, Kathak and yoga.

Thursday 16 April at 10am - Dorcas Walters

Former principal dancer with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Thursday 23 April at 10am - Chris Radford

Thursday 30 April at 10am - Martina Bussi

Thursday 7 May at 10am - Caldonia Walton

Thursday 14 May at 10am - Avatâra Ayuso

Visit the website for more details in the coming weeks.


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Why? Free dance classes for professional dancers and graduates online
When: Every Thursday at 10am British time
Where: Instagram BrumProClass page
Cost: Free
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