This activity is supported by: Surrey Community Foundation, Sportivate – Active Surrey, Arts Council England, Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council Family Services
Dance Woking welcomes Ihsaan de Banya
Richard Alston Company dancer Ihsaan de Banya is leading Dance Woking’s Evolve group this October half term; after two days of intensive dancing the group have already put together two and a half minutes of material.
The sessions start with technique class followed by the dancers learning some choreography from classic Richard Alston material such as Gypsy Mixture
From this material is put together.
The group will perform at Young Dancemakers in November and Innovate
We look forward to seeing Richard Alston Dance Company at New Victoria Theatre next week, 5 November
Some pictures from the group:
Alan Sutherland joins Dance Woking as new chair
CEO of University of Surrey Students Union, Alan Sutherland, joins Dance Woking as the new Chair, he takes over from Louisa Bartlett-Pestell (Director of Programming Arts Depot, London) who resigned from Dance Woking at September’s Board meeting following a very successful 3 year tenure as a Trustee and Chair. Whilst Louisa will be greatly missed Alan joins Dance Woking along with four other new Trustees.
“I am honoured and delighted to be succeeding Louisa as the new Chair for Dance Woking. This is an energetic and dynamic charity which is providing a fantastic community resource for Woking and Surrey in making dance accessible to all. I am really looking forward to working with Sam and everyone else involved in Dance Woking over the next few years as we continue to welcome more of the community to our amazing activities”
Joining Alan on the Board is Chase Demmers (Educational Programme Development and Training Executive – Stagecoach Performing Arts Worldwide), Carla Kingham (Marketing Manager,Polka Theatre), Ross Carter (Targeted Youth Support worker) and Karen Robinson (Head of Learning and Standards for Creative Arts at Guildford College); for more details about Dance Woking’s dynamic and highly skilled Board go to: https://www.dancewoking.com/about/board/
Richard Alston Dance Company dancer Ihsaan de Banya
We are very excited to announce that the Richard Alston Dance Company dancer Ihsaan de Banya will be leading Dance Woking’s 3 day dance intensive for those aged 12 years and older
To book onto the 3 day Oct Half Term dance intensive click: HERE
Exerts of Interview by One Dance UK with Ihsaan de Banya
Ihsaan was born in London, and began his training with The Place’s Centre for Advance Training (CAT) and Shift. During his time with both he danced works by Bawren Tavaziva, Tom Dale, Jose Agudo and Maresa Von Stockert. In 2010 he continued training at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2013, dancing Theo Clinkard’s Murrisant (Ripening). Ihsaan joined Richard Alston Dance Company in 2013 as an apprentice, becoming a full member in 2014. In 2015, following the success of a 2013 Resolution creation, Ihsaan was commissioned by The Place to choreograph for the Company’s Alston At Home season. He created Rasengan, a danced for three exploring an abstract energy within us all.
How can dance help young people?
Dance offers the individual something special, as it nurtures an ability to have control of one’s own movements. I think when you are young and finding yourself, this sense of control is really important.
The notion of individuality is also important. Even if you are learning set steps, no two bodies will execute them the same. That sense of being different and together is extremely liberating. It offers a philosophy that is transferable to life.
Dance offers a form of expression, again completely individual to you. I believe that at a time when you are told what to wear and what you should be aiming for, and Instagram is brainwashing you into what success looks like, dance can still be something that is very much yours. Dance can be born from you and belong to you. No right, no wrong – just you and yours! Your dance. Your expression from your body.
How important is it to involve boys in dance from a young age?
I think it is important to emphasise, not only to boys but to any individual, that the innate relationship between emotion, movement and the body is a natural, normal thing. It helps you to connect in a natural and human way.
Also, many boys like to show off! So, why not jump higher, spin faster and longer and be more on point with the music? Why not be an artist? Surely you’ll stand out more than all the other boys playing football?
What is your favourite memory from working with Essential Alston?
I always enjoy every opportunity that I get to teach. I love the communication that happens between the teacher and the students. I love the exchange of energy. I love watching how information offered is interpreted through different bodies. I love helping and facilitating someone with that ‘light bulb’ moment when a movement just clicks. I genuinely have very fond memories of the creation with the young people from Northampton. No idea was too strange, no challenge seemed insurmountable to them and no movement was going to be left without a good attempt! This only makes my job easier and inspires me to keep pushing and be the best I can be.
Who/ what are your influences?
My biggest influence is my mother. She offered me a belief system and values that allow me to thrive not only in dance, but in life. I think influence is everywhere and comes in various forms. When I was training I was very influenced by the work of Rafael Bonachela and I loved Akram Khan’s Vertical Road when I saw it in my second year. In my third year, I worked with Theo Clinkard. His natural way of working and humanity really inspired me. The work of Marina Mascarell mesmerises me. Equally, I have been influenced by the many Japanese Manga and Anime I watched growing up. I’m influenced by my awareness of being a young black man within contemporary dance. I’m influenced by my desire to not let people watch dance passively. I’m influenced by the clarity and isolation I see within the dance style of poppin’. I hope I’m a little bit influenced by everything I engage with: a sponge absorbing information at all times. A constant learning experience of just living.
Encounters 2019 Highlights
Hosted by Dance Woking, Encounters was a fantastic taster event in Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre held on Saturday 22 June, showcasing local school groups and dance schools in advance of up Party in the Park. The performances delighted shoppers providing opportunities to take part perform and watch.
This year we celebrate 25 years of Dance Woking in Woking
Dance Woking would like to thank you all who shared this great experience and day with us, we hope you enjoy highlights, please see share.