SOCIAL DIS-DANCING WITH DARREN
DRAMATIC DANCE with DARREN
as taught by Darren at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London and published in the Methuen Bloomsbury RADA series, with NONSUCH DANCE ONLINE RECONSTRUCTIONS
Have FUN learning the FUNDAMENTALS that are in every single type of dance you will ever do!
INTRODUCTORY CLASS- FREE!
CURRENTLY RUNNING ONLINE CLASSES - send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to book your place
THE ANCIENT ORIGINS OF HISTORICAL DANCE
Our first class is a return to the ORIGINS OF ALL DANCE – before ballet was invented – but the essentials are still there in all dance forms today.
We will return to the ANCIENT beginnings of dance…
The Ancient World: The god of partying - Dionysos – created dance for theatre – the CHORUS! The first ever Chorus Line dancing! The first actor to step out from the chorus was called THESPIS and that is why we call actors THESPIANS
So let’s learn the philosophical ideas of Dance from the Ancient Greeks
The SPACE BUBBLE (called Kinesphere – Moving Spheres - as needed for Social Distancing)
The SEVEN MOTIONS
in Plato’s Ancient Greek text Timaeus:
Up, Down, Side to Side, Forward & Back and Turn around
The DIMENSIONAL SCALE DANCE
Dance Scales - just like we have “scales” in music, Rudolf Laban created scales to learn all the basics of moving in space for all types of dance. Finding Harmony in moving may have therapeutic healing qualities.
Soft or Strong beats (da = unstressed / DUM = stressed)
Imabic Metre – used in Shakespeare (as we speak naturally in English) da-DUM
PYRRHIC MODE: the dance of a Ancient Greek Warrior
[beats are da-da]
The DEFENSE SCALE (these movement patterns are found in martial arts & sword fighting)
LYRIC MODE : SOCIAL DISTANCE LOVE DANCE
[beats are DUM-da-da – dactyl]
Ancient Roman SALTARELLI – the origins of jumping in dance
One to Same (hop)
One to other (jete)
One to both (assemble)
Two to two (jump)
Two to one (sissone)
ECSTATIC : Ancient Greek Dionysos becomes known as the Roman God Bacchus – so the idea is to whip yourself up into a frenzy (it gets faster and louder with adrenalin rush)
[bacchic beats: da-DUM-DUM]
Put all the modes together to make it Dramatic Dance!
SHOW DANCE sequence:
Part 1: Pyrrhic [da-da]
(the Greek warrior shows off to his Nymph)
Part 2: Lyric [DUM-da-da]
(The Greek warrior dances for his Nymph)
Part 3: Bacchic [da-DUM-DUM] (The Greek warrior and Nymph work up a frenzy)
SIGN UP FOR FUTURE CLASSES
If you sign up to join Darren on his online classes you will move through seven periods of dance history – from MEDIEVAL courtly dancing right up to the 1920s CHARLESTON so you can understand better all the dances on Strictly!
Darren was Dancing Master of the BBC TV programme DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK with Len Goodman & Lucy Worsley
Please send an email to obtain invite to Introductory ZOOM lessons and details how to subscribe.
Through sessions you will have FUN learning the FUNDAMENTALS that are found in every single type of dance you will ever do!
DRAMATIC DANCE course content as used at RADA and as part of
NONSUCH HISTORY & DANCE series:
1. Ancient Dionysian
2. Medieval Realms
3. Italian Balls
4. Shaking with Shakespeare
5. Baroque around the Clock
6. Polka Dots
7. Crazy Charleston
FREE VIMEO LINKS: NONSUCH DANCE ONLINE
French Basse Dance; La Dame https://vimeo.com/78832714
Royal Estampie; La Quinte Estampie Real https://vimeo.com/78832715
Italian Bassadanza for 2; Alexandresca https://vimeo.com/78832716
Italian Bassadanza for 4; Pellegrina https://vimeo.com/78833749
Italian Ballo for 2; Rostibolly Gioioso https://vimeo.com/78832719
Italian Ballo for 4; Anello https://vimeo.com/78834075
New Almaine https://vimeo.com/78834181
La Volta https://vimeo.com/78834182
Italian Balletto; Torneo Amoroso https://vimeo.com/78834185
Washerwomen’s Branle https://vimeo.com/78834186
Country Dance for 2 couples; Rufty Tufty https://vimeo.com/78834187
Country Dance for 3 couples; Shepherds’ Holiday https://vimeo.com/78835324
Country Dance for 3 couples; Picking of Sticks https://vimeo.com/78835325
The Ballroom Minuet https://vimeo.com/78835327
DRAMATIC DANCE: DARREN ROYSTON
An Actor’s Approach to Dance as a Dramatic Art
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, 2014
Dance is part of the art of theatre, a part which connects to movement, to communication, to improvisation, and to performance. It cannot exist on its own in the context of dramatic performance, but works in conjunction with other elements to enable meanings to be created in performance.
Dramatic Dance sets a programme for actors to perform dance as part of the drama, offering several approaches which can contribute to developing this understanding, to training this skill, and always ensuring that the whole active and thinking body and mind are fully engaged with the task of making dance an integral and vital part of theatre. To study dance in this way allows students to develop further their understanding of logic and structure found in all styles of dance.
Many books deal with one aspect of dance or another: some on dance training, some on dance history, some on Rudolf Laban's ideas, some as dance manuals, and some as academic papers. Dramatic Dance is the first book to act as a comprehensive guide for theatre practice, bringing together these different, complementary disciplines.
ONLINE TUTOR: Dancing Master: DARREN ROYSTON
(Dramatic Dance RADA, The Laban Guild for Movement & Dance, Paradance UK, Harmonic Interactive Healing)