CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Alesandra Seutin|Vocab Dance embraces the idea that individuals have the power to live in the movement and to express themselves boldly. The objective of the classes and workshops we teach is for the participants to appreciate to be challenged within a positive environment, to take pleasure in moving. All classes encourage participants to dance fully and live in the movement!
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Vocab Dance Method
Vocab Dance Style, Alesandra Seutin will lead you in her staple class where you will be introduced to her striking fusion of Southern African dance aesthetics combined with contemporary techniques and flow resulting in a modern class with an exciting vibe.
This class begins with a warm-up that prepares the participants for full-out dancing in the Vocab Dance Method. The second half of the class focuses on the unique Vocab Dance Method movement and may include a chance to learn the company’s repertoire.
Germaine Acogny Technique / Contemporary dance based on Acogny technique
The Acogny technique is the only codified Contemporary African Dance Technique
“The body, the timing, the inner and external rhythm. The freedom of the body through discipline – that’s Germaine Acogny’s Technique”
The specific teaching of Germaine Acogny is based on her African modern dance technique, a synthesis of traditional dances from West Africa (Sahel and the forest region) and Western contemporary dances. Alesandra Seutin is the first and only UK based dancer to have obtained the diploma in Acogny technique by Germaine Acogny, at the École des Sables, Senegal. Alesandra was part of the second group and last one to benefit from the Acogny Technique Transmission from Germaine Acogny herself. There are only 17 people around the world to have this accreditation.
Germaine Acogny is the first woman in Africa to have started, as early as 1968, to develop a contemporary African dance. She is now regarded as the mother of contemporary African dance. Her technique is absolutely comparable to Western techniques such as Graham or Limon.
Alesandra Seutin is the only recognised and certified UK teacher available to teach this Contemporary African Dance Technique.
African Dance Fuse
African Dance Fuse/African Traditional Dance is an exciting class, focused around the fabulous mix of traditional West, Central and Southern African dances. A great class to ground yourself and learn the fundamentals of traditional dances.
Afro-Urban Grooves is a class where participants will groove to current music like Afro beats (Azonto/Kwaito) and Afro-House music. This fun class will stimulate the body’s flow, musicality, groove, and versatility!
Choreographic tools workshops
Choreographic tools workshops are based on the process and creation of contemporary pieces using the work from repertoire. Learn Vocab Dance Company’s repertoire material and explore the company’s creative process.
Central to Alesandra Seutin’s approach to composition is encouraging participants to experience a sense of creative journey, by integrating their own language to the company’s vocabulary through task-based exercises.
“Alesandra class was GREAT! I think Germaine Acogny technique every morning would go down just a treat with my body! Open it up beautifully! The drummers were amazing and the vibe was open and loving. Thanks for a great evening and for reminding me how it feels to let go!”, Ama Rouge, London/UK
‘Beautiful teacher, spirit, energy! Loved this workshop, thank you’ Student at Afrolatin Woche at Tanzhaus Nrw, Dusseldorf/Germany
‘All the students totally enjoyed the dance class. It was good to see everyone dance with so much joy’
Teacher, Langdon Secondary School
‘Inspiring, It made me want to dance forever”
Student at Northern Contemporary Dance School
‘This is a fantastic class to experience something just a little bit different, challenging, and releasing!’
Rachel Vogel, attended Greenwich Dance Professional Class
‘Amazing teacher!’ ‘Come back!’ Workshop students at NDS, Amsterdam/Holland
An inspiring woman and artist, thanks for sharing your passion!
Jenny Mezile, Cie N’Soleh, Abidjan/Ivory Coast