Category: England

Dancing Dragons in London: Bonjour Paris!

A few of us decided to take advantage of the fact that we are living in Europe and we could travel outside of the UK. On Sunday we flew to Paris for the day to see the major sites of this gorgeous and expansive city. We were fortunate to have our own personal tour guide- ...

Dancing Dragons in London: Culture and Aesthetics

This week brought us a rather stark change of pace. After six weeks of being so engaged in the creative process and intense dance classes, we sharply returned to sitting in lectures. For anyone, getting back into the swing of normal classes can be difficult after any break, but for us dancers it can be ...

ELEVEN | Living in London

4.08.2016 It’s been a struggle to adjust to London. Mostly in the physical sense. I’ve been battling this off and on sore throat – same goes for majority of the house. We suspect it’s from the change of weather. This past week has been seesawing between high sixties and mid-seventies with rain, clouds, and some ...

Dancing Dragons in London: Intensive Intent

I wish there were a word for the feeling you get when you suddenly feel at home in a place you’ve never been. Sadly, I cannot find the word for it in my vocabulary, and there doesn’t seem to be a word for it in another language either. I suppose the answer to my predicament ...

Dancing Dragons in London: Oxford Commas and Goings

This weekend we decided to explore the countryside for a bit outside of London and took the train up to Oxford. Before we departed, we found the famous Paddington Bear statues in the train station! The trip there was filled with views of British cows, golden rolling plains, and adorable homes. It took us almost ...

Dancing Dragons in London: Moving and Being Moved

Our fifth week in London marked the first week of our two-week international intensive hosted at Trinity Laban. For these two weeks we participate in technique classes from 9:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. taking a variety of styles of our choosing. My schedule begins with Pilates, a mind-body practice focused on breathing, strengthening the internal ...

Dancing Dragons in London: “It’s Getting Better all the Time” –The Beatles, 1967

Last week we ventured off to do what every music loving, London visitor does- walk across Abbey Road, as seen on the 1969 Beatles album cover, Abbey Road. However, we were sadly misguided by the tube stop on the DLR named Abbey Road. In fact so many people do this that there is a sign ...

Dancing Dragons in London: Space to Create

We started our third and final choreography session with Marina by simply moving through the space in the room. We then sat out and watched the rest of the dancers move slowly through the space, stopping them when they were all in a position that intrigued us. We called these pauses “images” and asked the ...

Dancing Dragons in London: The Art of Getting Lost

Adventures of this week and weekend included taking a short trip over to Annie Parker’s home from The Parent Trap, located in South Kensington, on the most expensive street in London, Egerton Terrace. On the way home, we stopped at Wafflemeister for some gelato and waffles, personalized with gelato flavor and toppings; these are definitely ...

Dancing Dragons in London: The Product in the Process

In our second choreography session with Rahel Vonmoos we explored various improvisational scores to expand our entry points into creating and movement vocabularies. After our morning warm-up class, we started up our creative gears by playing a game in which we had to call out someone’s name to prevent getting tagged. The game allowed us ...