DBS students from Grade 5 and up were invited to participate in a 2 day intensive workshop directed by Josef Brown. On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, Josef, who had travelled from Sydney guided nearly 30 students through a series of classes including; classical coaching, contemporary technique, contemporary repertoire, choreography and drama!
Josef has extensive experience in the professional world in a wide range of dance and performance facets. He started his dance career at The McDonald College where he then went on to join the Australian Ballet School, to then be accepted into the Australian Ballet Company after just 2 years! Josef has also been a member of Sydney Dance Company, and performed the role of Johnny in ‘Dirty Dancing’ in the US and on London’s West End. He has also spent time in international companies which he was able to share his experience from with our DBS students.
The DBS students were very keen to learn what he had to share and responsive to his tips and advice! They particularly enjoyed the choreography sessions, where students were grouped and given tasks to create their own work. They were then performed and critiqued, and then further refined based on the feedback.
Another highlight was was learning some repertoire from the well known contemporary piece ‘Jardi Tancat’,choreography by Nacho Duato. This piece was originally choreographed for the Netherlands Dance Theatre. The choreography was both stimulating and challenging for the students.
The students ended the masterclass with some drama classes, where they read from scripts and acted out scenes! This was such a great opportunity for them to be able to further develop their skills outside of dance.
The students were exhausted after two days of intense learning, dancing and acting, however it was certainly worth it as it was thoroughly enjoyable for all!
Of course DBS would like the thank all the students who attended the masterclass and Josef for making the special trip for our students!
See some pictures below!