Looking to join a class in contemporary dance and further your skills and knowledge by exploring dance technique, improvisation and choreography.

Festival Director, Vanessa Maria Mirza will be hosting regular classes for children, teens and adults at The Doodle Room (51 B Garcha Road, Kolkata 19. Opp. Hazra Law College) and for Intermediate/Advanced level dancers at Sparsh Studio for Performing Arts( Jain House, 8/1 Esplanade East, Near K.C. Das).

Childrens’ Creative Dance

Suitability: Children between 7-10 years

Timing: Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Venue: The Doodle Room

Class Description: This class covers an introduction to ballet for children, basic stretches and movement exercises to build flexibility and strength, creative dance games and short improvisations, creating movement phrases and working on dance sequences with short group and solo presentations. It helps children to relate to the body and discover movement using the power of the imagination.

Charges: Rs. 1000 per month.

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance Class

Suitability: For dancers 16 years and above

Timing: Thursdays, 10.30-11.30 AM

Venue: Sparsh Studio for Performing Arts

Class Description: This class covers a warm up with section including a full body stretch, contemporary ballet and pilates based strength and toning exercises as well as yoga based movement sequences. Dancers are encouraged to expand their knowledge of contemporary dance through a combination of physically challenging technical movement sequences, improvisation exercises and choreographic research. The class aims to impart to the performer a deeper sense of body awareness, alignment, body control, focus and intention while learning new ways of moving. Performers have the opportunity to build on existing levels of dance technique and performance abilities through individual sessions developing solo choreography, while also engaging in group projects.

Charges: Rs. 1000 per month.

Beginners/Intermediate Contemporary Dance

Suitability: Children between 11-16 years

Timing: Wednesdays 5-6 PM

Venue: The Doodle Room

Class Description: This class covers ballet fundamentals, introduction to modern dance concepts and exercises, yoga based stretches, pilates and others exercises to develop strength, flexibility, body awareness, balance and control. The class includes movement exercises and improvisation to explore dance technique as a tool for creating and executing movement, while developing performance skills. Students will build their contemporary dance vocabulary while also performing solo and group dance pieces.

Charges: Rs. 1200 per month.

Adult Beginner(Open)

Suitability: Adults 25 years and above

Timing: Fridays 8.30-9.30 AM

Venue: The Doodle Room

Class Description: This class is meant for adults new to  or keen on discovering contemporary dance movement. While learning new movement vocabulary the class is aimed to build flexibility and fitness through a fun series of  exercises. The class begins with a warm up stretch followed by centre work and travelling movement sequences based on contemporary, modern dance, jazz and world dance basics. Improvisation based exercises enable the participant to explore new movement ideas within the safety of their own range. The class ends with a cool down and and relaxation exercises. Dancers with varying levels of movement experience can in a safe environment to experience contemporary dance in a unique way.

Charges: Rs. 1400 per month

Artist’s Profile

Vanessa Maria Mirza is a  dancer, choreographer , curator and visual artist based in Kolkata, India. Her recent choreographic works include ‘Dream Realms’, ‘Somebody’ and ‘Stronger’. Her choreography has been performed in Taiwan and India. Her work ‘Somebody’ was shortlisted for the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards (PECDA) 2018. She is presently collaborating with UK based theatre artist Imogen Butler-Cole for a new physical theatre production as part of the Ind-European Residency in Kolkata supported by the British Council and CIMA Gallery.

She has trained at Taipei National University of the Arts in the Master of Fine Arts (Choreography) program between 2008-2010 and 2011-2013. Her dance training includes studies in modern dance, ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, contact improvisation, tai chi, flamenco, martial arts and Balinese dance. She has worked closely with international choreographers: Ming Lung Yang (USA/Taiwan), Hsiao Mei Ho (Taiwan) and Graeme Collins (Australia).  Additionally she has attended masterclasses at London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place, UK), Tanzfabrik Berlin (Germany), Hong Kong Dance Festival, Taipeidea Festival (Taipei, Taiwan) & CNDC (Angers, France).

Since 2004, she has taught and choreographed for a number of concerts and dance events for Buoyant Performing Arts, Connecting Arts Project, Unicorn Street Arts Festival, Rhythmosaic Dance Institute, La Martinere for Girl’s School, Modern High School for Girls’, Don Bosco School (Park Circus), Assembly of God Church, Charisma House, Pailan World School, Park English School & Calcutta Girl’s School. She has taught workshops at The Doodle Room, Calcutta School of Music, St. Xavier’s College, Loretto College, The Creative Arts (TCA), Project Rescue and Stars Welfare Society. She has worked with Rhythmosaic Dance Company as Faculty for Choreography Studies for their one year certificate course program from 2013-2017.