When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Marta Valverde
  • Course Code W22DNEH05D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course offers a progressive training in contemporary dance for adult learners regardless of their previous background. It will cover technique, creativity (improvisation and composition) and performance (choreography) in contemporary dance through the curriculum of Rambert Grades, which will be tailored by the tutor to the students. In addition, your tutor will reinforce and expand on these areas with material drawn from her own experience and background. Rambert Grades is a holistic training that promotes transferable skills and develops the whole individual. It's accessible to all, regardless of ability and prior experience. It’s built across three main pillars: Performance, including original solo material devised by Hofesh Shechter, Creativity and Technique. The emphasis is in understanding how movement and our bodies work and transferring this understanding to each individual, working creatively and comprehensively. Rambert Grades offers qualifications in Levels 1 - 3 in Contemporary Dance. This is achieved via examination after completion of the relevant(s) grade(s). This is completely optional for the students taking part on this course and arranged separately. Grades 1,2 & 3 correspond to Level 1. For more information about Rambert Grades, please visit: https://www.rambertgrades.com/what-is-rambert-grades, to know more about Rambert Grades at Morley, please watch: https://youtu.be/xAa7YgApOEE

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of and be able to perform contemporary dance technique elements (ie. feet brushes, spine rolls, floor work elements, pulling/pushing, moving from weight, weight transfers, travelling across the space)
  • Devise and work creatively with a range of stimuli (voice instructions, video, image, a concept, pre-set movement, own choice of stimuli) independently and in collaboratively, incorporating elements of performance and technique appropriate to level 4
  • ave an understanding of how your body works and how to use it effectively, spatial awareness, different elements of musicality and movement devising.
  • Learn and perform a Grade 3 solo that includes choreographed sequences and space for improvisation and individual creative input


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will focus on one or more of the main areas (technique, creativity and performance). Tasks will range from set exercises and choreographed phrases to creative tasks individually and in groups that may include improvisation, responding to various stimuli (voice instructions, video / image, pre-created movement). You will work with exercises and material from the Rambert Grades curriculum as well as content proposed by the tutor relevant to your study. You will also have time to discuss and reflect on your learning, ask questions and exchange ideas with the rest of students and tutor.

    Entry requirements

    Students with previous dance / movement experience and understanding are welcome, as well as those with different abilities. A good level of fitness is necessary to be able to endure the length of the class and various levels of intensity. A level of creative maturity and/or willingness to learn new things and explore is required, as students are given the space and tasks in which to adapt, play and develop their own approach to movement, devising and performance.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will be able to take an exam at the end of your course that certifies your contemporary dance studies of Rambert Grades - Grade 3. Please note that exams are optional and arranged separately.

    What you need

    Comfortable clothes to move in, water, pen & paper/something to take notes with. An open mind and willingness to work both individually and collaboratively.

    What you can do next

    You may continue to the next level of this course (Grade 4, next year). In addition, the Dance Department at Morley College offers a wide range of dance and movement studies that will expand your dance vocabulary and enrich your learning.