Teacher: Julia Zander
Hi, I’m Julia, a third year politics, international studies, and quantitative methods student. I started dancing, specifically contemporary, at age 13 and immediately fell in love with it. So, at 15 I started choreographing for classes and shows and at 16 I branched out to lyrical and ballroom and took IB Dance. By joining CMD in my first year I got to start jazz and go to my first competition. Last year I got the exciting opportunity to teach beginner contemporary and co-choreograph a combined acro, jazz, and contemporary competition piece for the Wildcard category, which placed 3rd at Cardiff, for CMD. I am fascinated by the expressiveness and the emotion that can be portrayed through movement and wish to share this, along with the many other exciting aspects of dance, with my beginner class. Specifically, I am drawn to the abstractness of contemporary. Along with learning choreography over several weeks and thus also the performance and technique aspect of dance, I plan on focusing on inviting new dancers to feel comfortable moving their bodies and explore all that dance has to offer. Hence, don’t worry if you’ve never danced before; the atmosphere will be friendly and relaxed and a place to have lots of fun. I hope to be able to welcome you to CMD this year!
Teacher: Lottie Davies
Hey everyone, I’m Lottie, a fourth year Hispanic Studies student and your Inter Contemporary teacher this year! I have been dancing since I was 2 years old, training in a variety of styles, namely ballet, tap, modern and jazz. Ever since arriving at Warwick, CMD has played a huge part of my university life, from teaching our Advanced Jazz and All levels Contemporary classes and choreographing Opening Number, to organising the club’s volunteering and charity efforts as last year’s Vice President. Anyone who has taken my class before will tell you, I tend to stray away from the ‘traditional’. My class will focus on combining dynamic movements with softer, more intricate gestures, whilst incorporating both floorwork and partner exercises to help tell a story. I hope you’ll find my classes both challenging and highly enjoyable, and I really encourage you to get as involved with the club as possible! Joining CMD is a fantastic way to meet new people and have lots of fun, and I cannot believe my time with the club is almost over. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions, and I can’t wait to see you in my class or at socials!
Teacher: Izzy Gatward
Hi everyone, I'm Izzy, a fifth year languages student and I'm so excited to be teaching advanced contemporary this year!
I started dancing at a young age, later performing and competing more seriously in open and all-England festivals, then going on to achieve my vocational and teaching qualifications through the ISTD. I've trained in a wide range of dance styles and I definitely use this to experiment with different types of contemporary: whether that's softer, more emotive dances, or ones with a darker and stronger style. What I love about contemporary is the lack of a rule book - you can really use your creativity and tell a story through the movements.
Before going on my year abroad, I was CMD's intermediate contemporary teacher, and last year I taught advanced contemporary, which I absolutely loved. My class will be most suited to those who already have some experience, but want to carry this on throughout uni and develop their skills even further. CMD has without a doubt been the highlight of my time at Warwick so far, and I can't wait to come back to uni and get stuck in for another year!