TWO THIRDS SKY

“…Two Thirds Sky’s continued professional development provided a creative space to find new connections and compliment my practice.” 

- Dance artist, International Summer Programme 2016 

Whether your are a performer, teacher or student of dance our training programmes offer practical inspiration, creative challenge and knowledge exchange. We have developed a teaching approach that stems from making work for over twenty years drawing upon a technical underpinning in Cunningham and Release-based practice as well as a range of

improvisatory and somatic approaches to movement creation. Our teaching is driven by the skills inherent within the company’s expansive movement style, whilst allowing each artist to learn through their own shared and ‘lived’ experience. Our sessions range from professional class to teacher focus days; and we help support those who perform, make or facilitate dance. 

“…TTS values the notion of ‘praxis’ from an experiential premise, helping a dancer to hone their skills and revel in the joy of crafting movement…”

Our programmes are as follows:

NEW for AUTUMN 2018:

Adult Advanced Technique class: Ten Weeks of Twilight Sessions

Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm (starting 3rd October 2018)

These twilight sessions are geared toward professional dance artists, performers and students, and are designed to extend the dancer’s existing skills whilst dovetailing with current working patterns and practice. It is a chance to train within the context of the company’s professional repertory and approach to process; with a focus upon musicality, technical clarity and an attuned sensitivity to others in the space. 

The classes are lead by AD Lisa Spackman together with artists from the company, and the content aims to support a sense of autonomy, dynamism and volume in space. The classes will gradually gather pace working up to expansive sequences, and amalgamations and the material will highlight a rhythmic playfulness as well as  multiple points of initiation in the body. 

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The two hour class will have a weekly focus, allowing room for individual decision-making and improvisatory elements, as well as front-led centre and floor practice. Some material will unfold across the ten sessions and include company repertory, partner-work and small group exercises .

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NB: Note these classes are for experienced dancers. Please email if you have further queries. There is a warm-up space, changing facilities and tea and coffee.

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Autumn 2018 programme starts Wednesday 3rd October 2018.

Venue: Springs Dance Studio. The Venue Hub, Bedford College, Cauldwell St. Bedford, MK42 9AH. 

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For more information and to register email: workshop@twothirdssky.co.uk

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Cost for ten week programme: £100

Drop-in £12.50 – Please arrive to register 15 minutes prior to class 

Enhanced Dance Leadership – Certificate

These short courses are for teachers and artists who facilitate dance. The certificate programme is a ‘toolkit’ that supports and compliments existing leadership skills in dance, and helps provide useful materials and teaching ideas to take-away and apply.

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Our next Enhanced Dance Leadership certificate day is Thursday, 8th November, 2018.

Venue: Springs Dance Studio. The Venue Hub, Bedford College, Cauldwell St. Bedford, MK42 9AH

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For more information and to register email: dance@twothirdssky.co.uk

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The day includes:

  • Practical sessions aimed at different year groups/key stages.
  • ‘Go-to’ lesson briefs and schemes of work 
  • Supporting contextual literature e.g historical background, stimulus ideas, music, and professional examples
  • Approaches to differentiation and inclusivity 
  • Extended resource ideas that reach beyond the scheme
  • A certificate of participation in - Enhanced Dance Leadership
  • Refreshments provided

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2018: Indicative Session themes

See below a list of new themes that are part of our Enhanced Dance Leadership Day.

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  • Anatomical approaches to delivering technique: An experiential process for young people learning about the dancing body through challenging their contemporary technique. (Level: GCSE, A Level, BTEC Level 3. Subject areas: Dance, Performing Arts)
  • Facilitating young people to lead improvisation into choreography with their peers. (Level: Year 9, GCSE, A level, BTEC Level 3. Subject areas: Dance, Drama, Performing Arts)
  • Making Contact: Encouraging male participation and creativity in dance. (Year 7,8,9. Subject areas: Dance, Drama)
  • Physical Theatres: Working with text, objects and narrative to develop young peoples’ skills in devising as an ensemble. (Level: Year 9, GCSE, A level, BTEC Level 3. Subject areas: Performing Arts, Dance, Drama)
  • Music for Dance: From visualisation to co-existence (Level: GCSE, A level, BTEC Level 3. Subject areas: Performing Arts, Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Urban Flow: Empowering peer learning through street dance forms. (Level: Year 7,8,9. Subject areas: Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Ballet for everyone! Telling stories through movement (Level: Year 7,8,9. Subject areas: Dance, Drama, Music)

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Cost: £200

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International Summer Programme

We regularly host a three-day, summer intensive for artists and professionals 

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Lecture Demonstration and Masterclasses

Two Thirds Sky has been invited to deliver Masterclasses and lecture demonstrations at national and international conventions; including recently at The World Dance Alliance annual summit in Angers at the Centre National de Dance Contemporaine, France, and at the Healthier Dancer Conference at Dance East. This has included our focus on approaches to creative learning.

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Mentoring placement students/ emerging artists

We often mentor placement students with the company these have included both undergraduates and post-graduates from Roehampton, Middlesex University, University of Bedfordshire and University of Northampton. Also mentoring schemes for emerging artists through our connection with The Place.

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Approaches to Feedback

Through One Dance UK we have written and delivered specialist training in how to negotiate both giving and receiving effective feedback in an artistic context. This is primarily geared toward students of dance, but also in a professional setting. Please contact us for more information.

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Commissions for work made on student groups

Two Thirds Sky are often asked to visit a school, college or conservatoire and immerse a student group in our specific repertory, technical foundation or creative process. Centres have included Trinity Laban, Shift at The Place, The Dance 4 CAT programme and at Universities.

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Development of Educational resources

TTS has developed a range of teaching resources that help facilitate and inspire students to make their own dances. This has spanned from work with BBC education and One Dance UK in a primary and secondary school context, to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching materials.

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