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Up High

Posted on January 12, 2015


squareNewly formed PANA Dance Company, created by dance teachers Nina Daines and Patrick Hood, will launch its programme for 2015 with Up High, an advanced aerials and lifts course for swing and jive dancers.

Up High will take place in Hammersmith, London, at Westside School’s dance studio every Thursday from February 26 to April 16, from 8pm to 10pm.

Nina and Patrick explain: “We believe that it takes longer than a couple of hours to develop confidence in your own capabilities and establish trust in your partner and much longer to appreciate the biomechanics required to move mass without strain. Therefore, we determined that a course, not a one-off workshop was necessary.

“We will be teaching aerials that are commonly thought of as ‘advanced’ but what PANA Dance Company believes is that it’s not just about teaching you the Pancake or the Hourglass; we aim to develop your skills and understanding over the eight weeks to the point where you can apply all you have learnt, to all your dancing, not just the aerials taught on the course.”

The Up High course will cover the Swing Around, the Pancake, the Floor Sweep, the Lock and Around the Back, and will offer students the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of dancers the weekend after the course finishes.

Nina and Patrick are both accredited dance teachers with qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the International Teachers’ Dance Association (ITDA) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Together, they have over 50 years of dance experience to pass on. PANA Dance Company will bring together performers from all genres to create diverse, stunning shows that marry new, original styles with the glamour of vintage dances and utilise the skills of professional artistes to teach and enhance aspiring dancers.

The course fee for Up High is £120 (which works out at £7.50 an hour). There is no cancellation policy but you can pass your booking to another person prior to the start of the course. On receipt of your booking further information will be sent to you. You must book with a partner though payment can be made separately. You will be asked to sign a fitness form and disclaimer and the classes will be videoed for the use of the students and teachers only. The videos will not be copied or published in any form.

For more information on PANA Dance Company, see here.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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