BRAND NEW STUDIO TAKEOVERS
We’re so excited to announce that for MOVE IT 2024 we have three new exciting studio takeovers! PLAYGROUND, Disney and BLOCH will all be taking over a studio to bring you some incredible classes across the weekend.
Studio names and information
MOVE IT offers a wide range of classes for you to take part in. All the studios are named after dance LEGENDS and here at MOVE IT, we honour their talent and contribution to the dance world as you take your classes in these studios. Click more info and read about each dance legend below!
The American dancer, choreographer and anthropologist, Katherine Dunham rose to fame by incorporating her African American and Caribbean movement into her Ballets. Throughout her career she developed an entirely new dance form, ‘The Dunham Technique’, and formed the Dunham Dance Company, an all-black dance company. Being an author, social activist and dancer, Dunham has one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theatres of the 20th century.
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid black American entertainer in America during the first half of the twentieth century. He is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s, his signature routine ‘The Stair Dance’, and for starring in the musical Stormy Weather (1943) which is loosely based on his own life. He used his popularity to challenge and overcome numerous racial barriers throughout his career and in 1989, US Congress designated Bojangle’s birthday (25 May) as National Tap Dance Day.
The Russian-born ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was known to be the greatest male dancer of the 20th century. He is celebrated for his many legendary performances, particularly his gravity-defying leaps. Nijinsky was one of the founding members of Ballet Russes and in 1912 choreographed the controversial and ground-breaking original ballet L’Après-midi d’un Faune – pushing the boundaries of classical dance.
Martha Graham is one of the pioneers of American modern dance. A highly influential dancer, choreographer and teacher, she created over 180 pieces of work during her lifetime. Her approach to dance and theatre revolutionised the art form; and her innovative physical vocabulary, codified as the ‘Graham Technique’, is still taught around the world to this day.
In the early 1990’s, American B-girl Ana Rokafella rejected the stereotype of what was thought to be a male-only dance form. She followed her passion for breaking and is considered one of the form’s pioneers, teaching and judging at international events around the world. Rokafella also runs Full Circle Productions with her partner and fellow break dancer Kwikstep – aiming to empower young dancers through the positive impact of Hip Hop.
Born Gerald Levy and known as Mr Wacky, Bogle was a Jamaican Dancehall star and is recognised as an icon of Dancehall culture. Founder of the renowned Black Roses Crew, Bogle created moves that saw him as Jamaica’s number one dancer including Log On, Willie Bounce and Row Di Boat – which are still danced around the world today. Bogle is considered the foundation of Dancehall and his influence on popular culture can be seen in the work of commercial artists such as Rihanna, Parris Goebel, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and more.
Margot Fonteyn Arias, (May 18, 1919— February 21, 1991) is regarded by many people as one of the greatest classical ballerinas of all time. Her entire ballet career was spent with the Royal Ballet. Fonteyn’s ballet dancing was characterized by excellent technique, sensitivity to music, grace, and passion. Her most famous performances were in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Giselle. She always achieved whatever was required of her and could hold an audience. Her range appeared to be limitless as she danced for more than 40 years, in over 30 countries, with more than 30 partners, in over 80 roles.
World-wide recognised director and choreographer Robert Louis Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) forever changed the dance world with his musicals he created with his distinct style of Jazz and Musical Theatre – including frequent use of props, stylised movements and provocative steps. Best known for his tony Award – Winning musicals including Chicago (1975) and Cabaret (1972), as he took his style to Broadway being the only person ever to have won and Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards in the same year. His legendary fosse style is carried on to this day as dancers re-produce his trademark style, such as the iconic turned–in knees and “Jazz hands”.
Buddy Bradley (1908 – 1972) was an early black choreographer of British musical film. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Buddy Bradley was coaching many stars of Broadway musicals, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Ruby Keeler, and Eleanor Powell. However despite being well known within show business he never received credit for choreographing a show with a white cast in America. He had a great talent for translating the accents of improvising jazz soloists into dance patterns that were new to Broadway as well as an eye for designing dance steps to fit the individual dancers personality. In 1930 Buddy was invited to London to choreograph for Jessie Matthews’s show, Ever Green at the Aldephi Theatre for which he received his first choreographic credit. Buddy launched into the emerging English film industry. Buddy staged over thirty musical productions during the 1930s and choreographed a number of British musical films during his thirty-eight years in Britain.
We’re so excited to announce that brand new for MOVE IT 2024 we have introduced the opportunity to spectate some of our incredible classes! Click the button below to find out how to book these.