Please note that Bethany Ramsey will be covering Amanda's contemporary classes whilst she is on maternity leave
Bethany’s classes will draw mainly upon Cunningham and Graham techniques and are influenced by some of the inspiring teachers and choreographers she has worked with thus far. Focus will centre around the use of body alignment, exploring space and awakening the principles within one’s own body to help express pure movement from within.
Beth trained at The Royal Ballet School and has since worked with The Royal Ballet, Vienna Festival, Ijad Dance, ROH2 (The Red Balloon) London Ballet Theatre (125th anniversary for Bulgari, Dubai), Grange Park Opera (Rusalka) and Matthew Bourne`s New Adventures. She was recently involved in The Encounters project for English National Ballet. Bethany co-founded, choreographed and danced for her own company Neophilia. A former head of Ballet at Ravenscourt Theatre School she currently teaches at Trinity Laban on the CAT scheme. She takes great joy in teaching open classes for adults, she set up Ballet classes for ‘Making Colliers Wood Happy’ in 2006 and has also established open and private lessons local to her in Ashtead, Surrey.
Class will begin with a gentle warm up, following on with centre practice and building up to a creative combination using elements from the class.
Amanda Matea was born in the UK, where she training at the Royal Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts. She also trained on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School. Previous company affiliations include Hope Boykin Dance, Thomas Ortiz Dance and Opus Dance Theater. Amanda performed as a guest artist for The Lion King, for the inaugural celebrations of President Obama. She has extensive teaching experience in ballet, modern, tap and creative movement throughout Europe, Africa and South America.
Adult contemporary class description
This class utilises the Horton, Limon and Graham techniques, emphasizing alignment, technique, space, energy and release. We will challenge students to explore these elements within the warm up, centre work and combination, whilst having fun and enjoying this wonderful art form!