Dance

Image from Wade in the Water tour with Exim Dance Company

Biography

I graduated from Plymouth University in 2011 with a first-class degree in Dance Theatre. Continuing with my studies I was awarded a Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Dance research.

I was lucky enough to be mentored by pioneers of inclusive dance Adam Benjamin, Sue Smith and CandoCo Dance Company through my training and throughout my professional career. On graduation, I formed Exim Dance Company where for 5 years I was Artistic Director. During this time I toured nationally as a performer, commissioned choreographers and finally choreographed work which is still touring the UK now.

In addition to my work with Exim I has worked internationally as an inclusive practitioner with companies such as CandoCo and Concuerpos (Colombia) and Jurg Koch (Seattle).

Class Description

 

Claire’s class has a strong focus on structured improvisation using gentle layering to form individual technique exercises. With a strong sense of fun and playful energy Claire will hold the studio space for each individual to explore the full potential of their movement vocabulary.

Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Dance Plymouth University 2015
I was awarded a First Class BA(Hons) Dance Theater from Plymouth University in 2011
I hold a Cert Ed in Post Compulsory Education from the University in Plymouth
Several qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association (Ballet and Freestyle Dance)

Other relevant educational qualifications include:
C&G 7302 – Introduction to Delivering Learning
A level 1 certificate in Makaton
Child protection training (I sat on the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board for 1 year)
Dance and Parkinsons Training

Dance Experience

I spent a year at Merseyside Dance and Drama studying on their performers course prior to studying for a BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre from the University of Plymouth and have attended workshops, training days and residencies lead by the following companies and practitioners:

Stop Gap, Candoco Dance Company, Vincent Dance Theatre, Jasmine Vardimon Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, Cube Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Rambert, Attik Dance, Wildworks and Frantic Assembly as well as practitioners such as Adam Benjamin, Jean Laurent Sasportes, Kirstie Simpson, Richard Alston, Saïd Gharbi (Ultima Vez), Sean Feldman, Banksy, Sisco, Dance 2XS, Lee Davern (DV8), Caroline Bowditch, Garry Robson, Andrew McLay, Lois Taylor, Ben Dunks, Denise Row and Marc Brew.

My most recent dance experience includes:

Teacher and Choreographer | ConCuerpos Clase Permanente (Colombia) 2017

Choreographer | Exim Dance Company Etch UK Tour 2016-2017

 

Choreographer | ‘This is Us’ on ADAPT Youth Dance which was selected for U.Dance 2016 regional platform

 

Choreographer | SpinDrift Dance Company for Merge 2015 at Falmouth University

Dancer | ImPACT UK tour with Exim Dance Company

 

Assistant Choreographer | Heaven on Earth (European project with Plymouth University)


Dancer | Ruth Way’s Viridian 2014
Dancer and Guest Teacher| SpinDrift dance company
Performer | Jacky Lansley in her piece Guest Suites
Performer | Sally Robbins in Trace.

Past Key projects and achievements:

Setting up and delivering several high profile widening participation projects with Plymouth University working with hard to reach people.

Awarded the school prize for community engagement from Plymouth University.

Winning second prize in the Dance Camera Action section of the Cornish Film Festival with Exim Dance Company.

Touring with Symbiotic as a performer in Breathe Me.

Time spent at the University of Ghana observing and participating in traditional dance classes, with Noyam a contemporary African dance company and at the National Theatre with the National Dance Company of Ghana.

Associate Youth Dance Practitioner with CandoCo (Moving Bodies Project)

Moving Bodies | Candoco Dance Company

Presenting my inclusive dance research at Integrated Dance Summer School in Seattle 2013

Integrated Dance Summer School | Seattle 2013
For more information of for my full CV, Biography or Class description in English or Spanish please email me clairesummersfreelance@gmail.com