Toby was a member of Scottish Dance Theatre (Janet Smith) for 8 years. Touring the UK, Europe and beyond. Performing works by choreographers including Liv Lorent, Rui Horta, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton, Ina Christel Johannessen, Kate Weare and Rachel Lopez De La Nieta. Toby danced with Norrdans (Mira Helenius Martinsson) in Sweden, for 3 years, touring Sweden and Europe. Performing works by choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Marcos Morau, Thomas Noone, Yossi and Oded, and Fernando Melo. Toby has freelanced with Emma Martin Dance (Dublin) and with Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel). Toby is a current member of balletLORENT and joined in summer 2015.
The class will have a dynamic released based feel, using phrases and choreographic sequences to warm up the body and mind, systemically. Fundamentals including the core, use of weight and breath will be worked on throughout. The class will incorporate floor work, traveling, jumps and phrases. A sense of flow, connection with ourselves and others and tuning will be the key themes of the week. I hope we can share good feelings, fun and some hard work. The teachers, choreographers and collaborations I have worked with over my career have all left their mark on me, and I let this influence me fusing this to my class work whilst bring my own story and flavour. I love watching people grow and I’m excited by visceral kinaesthetic dance energy!
If it feels right and people are interested we might do improvisation based on touch, connection and contact. I use sensation and connection within the body to work from the inside out.