Daily Morning Class: Laura Macken (Ballet)
- Fri 31 May 2019
- 10:00 - 11:30
- €5 DI Students/ €7 DI Members / €10 Non-members/ Member 10 Class Card €50
- Open to professional level dancers and advanced level students
- Laura Macken
Whether you are heading to a day’s rehearsal or just want to maintain your existing technique, this class will warm you up for the day and maximise your strength of movement. Throughout the barre and centre work you will focus on improving alignment, extension, strength, flexibility, style and full body coordination. This class uses interesting combinations and dance phrases while concentrating on musicality and timing. See your barre, adage, pirouettes, petit and grande allegro, quickly improve with this class and apply these improvements across many genres of dance.
Laura Macken trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years Laura danced corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele. The company also extended its repertoire to many contemporary and jazz works in which Laura danced, such as Transfigured Night by Anna Sokolow and works by Arlene Phillips. The company also featured in The Dublin Grande Opera Society’s productions of Aida, Macbeth, and Turandot. Following the company’s closure, Laura became a freelance dancer and was a founder member of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, and was featured in many of their productions. She also worked with Dance Theatre of Ireland, CoisCéim Dance Theatre (touring in Ireland and the UK), Co-Motion Theatre, and many other musical theatre productions in the Gaiety, Tivoli, and Olympia Theatres. Other theatre credits include The Secret Fall of Constant Wilde, at The Abbey Theatre, The Barbican Centre in London, and the Melbourne Theatre Festival, and more recently, The Dead also at the Abbey Theatre. Film and television credits include Penny Dreadful, Sunday Night at the Olympia, Waves, Circle of Friends, Widow’s Peak, An Awfully Big Adventure, and The Bernadette Greevy Show. Laura has also travelled the world performing on Regency, Celebrity and Radisson cruise lines. Laura settled in America for six years working on many productions as a dancer, and choreographed several large productions, including Cruisin’ 57 for Dick Clark Productions.
Since returning to Ireland, Laura has been a regular ballet teacher for Dance Ireland’s professional programme. She also teaches company classes and has worked as rehearsal director for John Scott Dance and has assisted John Scott with “Step Up” dance project, and his work with students at the University of Limerick. Laura has also taught company classes for many of CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s productions, and recently assisted David Bolger with the choreography for RTE’s Centenary at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The centenary year also gave Laura the opportunity to perform in Laochra for the GAA at Croke Park. Laura has choreographed for Pan Pan Theatre’s production of The Seagull and Other Birds, and A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at the Abbey Theatre.
Laura is also a qualified yoga teacher, an element complimentary to dance training that many dancers currently desire. In 2016 she received an Arts Council travel and training award to train in Autism Movement Therapy in New York. She currently teaches dance classes for people with intellectual disabilities in Stewarts Care. In January 2017 Laura graduated from the University of Limerick, completing her MA in Dance, receiving first class honours on her thesis examining the versatile dancer. The findings presented found that dancers seeking to work in various styles of dance, can all truly benefit from ballet training, and she encourages this philosophy with all students in her classes.
About Daily Morning Class
The backbone of our artistic programme is our daily morning classes. Morning classes are aimed at an advanced level, appropriate for professional dancers and advanced level dance students. Dance Ireland employs highly experienced and innovative teachers from Ireland and abroad. We also partner with companies, venues and festivals in the delivery of classes, which alternate in week-long blocks between ballet, contemporary dance genres and other complementary practices. Commitment to high-calibre and accessible on-going training for dancers is key. Dance Ireland provides morning class at DanceHouse for over 42 weeks per year at a highly subsidised rate for members, including generous discounted class cards.
For further information:
- Telephone: 01 855 8800