Teacher: Ayaka Watanabe
Hi! I’m Ayaka, a second year chemistry student and super excited to your beginner lyrical teacher this year. After training in rhythmic gymnastics for 10 years, I transitioned into dance in secondary school. Starting from hip-hop and street, I have taken variety of classes in various of genres such as ballet, jazz and of course, lyrical. I believe that lyrical is such a beautiful and interesting genre where you can explore not just the classic dance techniques but also ways of expressing a story and emotion. Dance has always been a massive part of my life but having competed in intermediate contemporary team and attending many classes through CMD last year, dance has grown in its importance to me since coming to university and joining CMD. My class is for anyone but especially to who are new to lyrical, have been away from dance for a long time or even who are new to dance as we will be focusing on the basic use of body and techniques to build your confidence and foundation in dance in order for you to have more fun and enjoyment through dance. The classes will be always relaxed, friendly and most importantly, chilled and hope to have some giggles to release all the university stress! Hope to see many new faces at my class and hope to be able to share the fun of being part of CMD!
Teacher: Abbie Richardson
Hi! I’m Abbie, a second year Biomedical science student and I’m so excited to be your intermediate lyrical teacher this year. I have been dancing since the age of 3 at my local dance school in Devon, training predominantly in classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical but also in musical theatre and singing. In previous years, I have performed with the English youth ballet in the profession productions of Giselle and sleeping beauty, attended junior associate classes with the Royal ballet and in more recent years participated in RAD workshops. As I got older, I started to become more interested in other dance styles and less focussed on classical ballet training. Attending the dance festival “Move it!” to take part in contemporary and lyrical workshops with London dance schools over the years has lead my passion to focus on more expressive styles which gives more freedom when performing and choreographing. In my class I would love to create a friendly and relaxed space where everyone feels free to express themselves and let go. Improving flexibility and basic technique will be the main focus of the class. CMD has truly made my first year and I cannot wait to get back to dancing with everyone, I strongly recommend getting involved in any way that you can from coming along to class to popping along to the vast variety of social events we have. Please don’t hesitate to message any questions you have about the class or the club, I will always be happy to help. Hopefully see you next year!
Teacher: Lillie Westcott
Hi I’m Lillie, I’m a second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student. I started dancing at 3 years old. I’ve gone through the grades in ballet, tap and modern, finishing with advanced foundation and grade 8 ballet, and advanced modern and tap. I’ve danced with English youth ballet for 2 productions and been lucky enough to perform at the queen’s diamond jubilee. I’ve also had a lot of experience with musical theatre dance as part of the West End Kids performance troupe. More recently I’ve competed in lyrical and contemporary with solos duets and trios and qualified for nationals at the end of last year. In CMD last year i greatly enjoyed being part of the advanced jazz and advanced ballet competition teams.
This year in lyrical I really want to focus on lyrical technique. As it’s own style, lyrical has its own technique which is often overlooked so I aim to create excersises which embody the fun and free lyrical style but also work and building strength and control. I also want to work on incorporating emotion in the dance style and working on group dances, on dancing as one rather than as a group of individuals.
If you’ve never tried lyrical but have strong ballet or contemporary technique I’d really recommend giving this class a go!