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Melissa Ugolini

About the class

Translating Presence aims to build a practice that enables performers, movers and people to achieve authenticity in the way they relate to their moving bodies, decisions and to one another. This training distances itself from approaches related to the idea of(re)production and helps the participant to enquire what dynamic presence means for them instead.

The class starts with a guided physical warm-up. It consists of repetitive patterns and accessible improvisational tools that allows us to check-in with our bodies, and to heighten and refine our perceptions and responsiveness before applying this heightened state of presence onto set movement sequences as frames in which the participants are encouraged to keep the ongoing exploration of their own presence, authentic movement qualities and energies, with a particular focus on coordination, responsiveness and musicality.


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

Booking in advance is recommended.

Card payment is available on the day at the reception.


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Melissa Ugolini

Born in Italy in 1989, Melissa currently works as a performer for Anouk Van Dijk and Falk Richter (Münchner Kammerspiele), LaurenceYadi and Nicolas Cantillon (Cie7273) and Peter Svenzon (Art of Spectra). After graduating in 2011 from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) winning an award for Outstanding Achievement, she started off her career with the Akram Khan Company (2012), then joined the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2013 – 2017) and the Aakash Odedra Company (2016 onwards).

In addition to her performative path, she also works as a Rehearsal Director and Choreographer Assistant and shares her practice through workshops internationally.In the last few years, she has engaged with several multi-disciplinary creative partnerships, including choreographer Rosana Ribeiro(Selva) and several other musicians and colleagues. She is currently based in Berlin