Teacher: Bethan Oliver
Hi everyone, I’m Bethan, a second year Hispanic Studies and German student and your beginner contemporary teacher for this year! I have been dancing since I was 3, mainly in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. I have volunteered with younger classes at my dance school, which lead to teaching different age groups. Joining CMD in my first year has allowed me to carry on my passion for dance, explore different styles that I hadn’t had the chance to before, including contemporary, and also have my first competition experiences with inter ballet. I love the freedom that comes with contemporary and being able to merge different styles of dance together, which is part of what I plan to do in my classes next year. Even if you’ve never danced before or haven’t danced in a while, this class will allow you to explore different ways of expressing yourself through dance and help build your confidence in performing. My classes will have a friendly and fun atmosphere, and I can’t wait to welcome you to my class and CMD!
Teacher: Cass Augusto Rodrigues
Hi I’m Cassylda and I’m a third year International Business with Spanish student. This year I am teaching intermediate contemporary with CMD! I began gymnastics at a young age before I transitioned into dance in secondary school. I took classes in ballet, modern and contemporary and spent a lot of time competing with other styles such as musical theatre and jazz! With a background heavy with drama and dance (both done for GCSE and in dance school), I think both aspects are really important within performance, you have to tell a story. Last year with CMD I taught beginner lyrical, and also took contemporary and lyrical classes, and in my first year competed with the Acro-contemporary and Intermediate Jazz teams representing Warwick CMD which were such great experiences. Teaching and attending classes are always the highlight of my day, always really fun and push me to my limit. My classes will fuse plenty of styles together, and allow the musicality of a piece to inform the performance and story telling. What's great about contemporary is the flexibility you get, and the chance to be creative with softer, more emotive dances or more unconventional and stronger pieces. My classes will always be a friendly environment, and give you space to stretch yourself and your dance ability! After all, dancing is all about enjoying yourself, pushing yourself and wanting to get better!
Teacher: Sibylle Emelianoff
Hi! I'm Sibylle, this year's Advanced Contemporary teacher! I'm French-American and started dancing when I was 4. I competed in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary in Los Angeles before I moved to France and decided to concentrate on professional level ballet, jazz and especially contemporary. Now at Warwick, I'm starting my second year of business after a great year of shows and competitions with CMD! For my class next year I'll be concentrating on the flow and continuity of movement and we will be doing quite a bit of floorwork (sorry in advance for your knees). We'll also be doing partner work and improvisations during classes. Overall I want my class to be all about using the floor and your surroundings, interpretation and how each dancer can adopt any
choreography in their own specific way. So excited to dance with y'all!