Claire will lead a full-bodied, expansive class that is detailed in content and playful in nature. Expect a blend of improvisation, led sequences and an eclectic playlist. The class encourages personal expression whilst finding strength, articulation and stamina in the moving body. Expect to sweat, laugh and warm down feeling lifted!
Supported by Birmingham’s strong network of youth dance training, Claire was introduced to movement at the age of fifteen. She later graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, having completed her BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
With a varied career to date, Claire has found particular interest in devising and performing dynamic, narrative and socially relevant work for indoor, outdoor and site-specific settings. Claire is currently developing new work My Bitwith Lila Dance, It's OK with Four Hands Company for South East Dance's Little Big Dance project and As The Floor Shifted with CoDa Dance. Recent work also includes R&D for a concept film vertical dancing on cliffs, touring children's theatre production Up Up and Away and vertical dance piece Home for Coventry City of Culture 2021.
Additional professional interests include training in vertical dance with Kate Lawrence and supporting the local dance community through Birmingham Dance Network. Claire has had the pleasure of performing in Olivier award-winning Angels in America at the National Theatre; working with Steven Hoggett, Finn Caldwell and Marianne Elliott before continuing on to R&D for National Theatre Studio's New Work Department.
Personal highlights of her career include touring Breaking The Ice to Shanghai with Filskit Theatre, playing Sandra in Beautiful Thing for GDIF18, touring Night at the Theatre with Casson &Friends, singing internationally with Town Hall Gospel Choir, singing with Birmingham Opera Company, six years of touring Urban Astronaut(Highly Sprung), discovering aerial techniques with Rogue Play and Wired Aerial and performing in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Claire enjoys a collaborative process in which imagination, playfulness and invention can thrive and is driven to produce performative work by a desire to draw audiences into a compelling and meaningful experience.