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Effie McGuire Ward

Mon 22nd April 2024, 10:30am

About the class

Effie is offering space to enter class with a mindset of being unimpressive yet curious, across a landscape of improvised mobilisations and structured sequences. Giving time to check in with simplicity, and build up the technical challenge – taking the spine through curves, tilts and spirals, and playing with sensations which will likely include opposition, rebound, shift and suspension. Aiming to cultivate an atmosphere of support and possibility to energise one another as collaborators in the room.

In-class Information

The studio at FABRIC will be accessible from 10 am for participants to use for self-warm-up, to get familiar with the space and/or to mingle. 

Please note: filming for social media takes place in class. If you do not wish to be filmed, please inform a member of staff or the Brum Pro Class Co-ordinator before class.


Pay-as-you-go– Online booking will close 15 minutes after the start time. Please ensure all personal information is entered correctly when booking your class. Tickets can also be brought by card at reception, places are subject to availability.

Membership– You will not need to pre-book your class, just register at the reception 10 minutes before your chosen class.


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Class FAQs

Brum Pro Class is for any professional artists or second/third-year vocational dance students who would like to continue development and push themselves in a challenging, high-quality professional class.

Classes take place in a variety of locations in the city.  Normally this is either FABRIC’s Studios, which is based on the Birmingham Hippodrome campus or ACE Dance and Music in Digbeth. Classes may also take place at other studios so please check carefully on booking, or call or visit.

Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street
B5 4TB

T: +44(0)121 667 6730

ACE Dance and Music

ACE Space,

54-57 Floodgate Street,


B5 5SL


T: 0121 314 5830

Yes, although for many this is unlikely to be the most cost-effective way to book.  PAYG cost £8 per class and can be purchased in advance directly from here or via card payment at reception 10 minutes before the start of a class.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the class is cancelled.

We have a Monthly or Termly Membership that can all be set up online, full details can be found here.

Membership commences on the “Start Date” shown on the membership acceptance email – which is sent automatically when a member pays the fee.

Key Information

The first time you book a class you will need to make a new account. 

Booking online in advance is recommended. 

Card payment is available on the day at reception.

Please note: filming for social media takes place in class. If you do not wish to be filmed, please inform a member of staff or the Brum Pro Class Co-ordinator before class.


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About Effie

Effie McGuire Ward

Effie McGuire Ward is a contemporary dance artist based in Milton Keynes.She undertakes work as a performer, choreographer and teacher across community dance, educational and professional settings. Effie trained at Stella Mann College and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Her performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Hannah Pickett, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, FfinDance, NOCTURN, JoinedUp Dance and Two Thirds Sky. Recently, Effie has been performing in Loop Dance’s Encounters Tour; working with Luminelle on Kindred- an interactive dance experience for grown-ups and their 0-5 year-olds; storytelling with movement for Carrot Productions alongside an ensemble of live musicians in More Musical Beasts! and has been performing on the children’s wards at Chelsea and Westminster hospital with Eek & Wild.

Effie teaches contemporary classes for Tring Park Associates. Her teaching and facilitation roles have included delivering classes, workshops and residencies for Rambert, Rambert School, DanceXchange/ FABRIC Birmingham, Brum Pro Class, EMDAN, BOTH, Motionhouse, Arts1 School of Performance, Hull Dance, and Yorkshire Movement and Dance. Alongside her teaching and performance work, Effie co-founded and co-directed MÓTUS, a dance festival for Milton Keynes for its first five years.

Effie’s recent choreographic credits have been collaborative projects. Alongside Laura Gibson, she co-choreographed a dance film commission for the Art Wall at the Hippodrome, London, conceived and directed by The Gray Circle. In December 2023, Effie embarked on a week’s residency in Hull with Luke Birch to begin working with creative possibilities on an ‘Anthology of Touches’. Effie also very much enjoys choreographing curtain raisers to accompany her touring performing work and creating performance pieces with the young dancers she regularly teaches at TP.