Feet off the Ground is a female-led contemporary dance collective making engaging and physical work rooted in contact work, connection and collaboration. The core collective is made up of 4 dance artists who work in a democratic, non-hierarchical way, sharing responsibilities equally. The collective have performed and taught both nationally and internationally.

 

Feet off the Ground specialises in contact improvisation and partnering for research, performance devising and teaching practice. Feet off the Ground are proud to present an ensemble solely managed and performed by women.

Feet off the Ground are supported by

Chisenhale Dance Space

Photography: Manu Valcarce
 

COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

The collective was founded in 2013 whilst studying together at London Contemporary Dance School.

LUCIA CHOCARRO  is from Pamplona, north of Spain. Moving to the UK to pursue her training in dance, she graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in July 2013 with a First Class Honours. Lucia has worked on a variety of projects across the UK and internationally, and has performed with Punchdrunk, Gecko Theatre, Wayne Parsons Dance, Agudo Dance Company, Jamaal Burkmar Dance, Maxine Doyle, Aaron Sillis/ Sillis Movement, Sarah Dowling, Barnaby Booth, BitterSuite, Nua Dance, Nina Von Der Werth, Victoria Fox, Just Us Dance Theatre (Joseph Toonga) and worked as a Special Action Artist for Wonder Woman and Justice League with Warner Bros Productions. Lucia is also a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher and practitioner.

Find Lucia...

Covering Yoga classes. For coming up class information click here.

ROBYN HOLDER  grew up in Makhanda, South Africa. Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013, she has collaborated with varying artists and musicians and has performed both nationally and internationally. Robyn has performed with Glyndebourne Opera (Cendrillon and Rusalka), The Royal Opera House (Reimagined productions: The Nose and The Magic Flute), East London Music Group (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale), Lexi Zelda Stevens (Contents in Touch) and Grov Productions (Her Past in their Present Now).  Robyn has dynamic teaching experience covering a spectrum of ages and styles including: creative movement, contemporary technique, ballet and contact improvisation.

Find Robyn...

Teaching at Chisenhale Dance Space leading all children's creative movement classes every Saturday & 

teaching weekly at Marble Hill Dance Studio.

SOPHIE THORPE  is from Nottingham, England. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in July 2013 and went on to join Verve, the postgraduate performance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she graduated with Distinction. Sophie has worked with a variety of choreographers including Tom Dale, Sarah Dowling, Mike Ashcroft, Sarah Fahie and Grov Productions performing both nationally and internationally. She has also worked in Opera performing in Glyndebourne’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ & 'Cendrillion'. Sophie teaches a range of dance and movement classes.

Find Sophie...

Teaching regular weekly online contemporary dance classes, for more information click here.

 

Photography: Jack Williams

PATRICIA ZAFRA  is from Valencia, Spain. After training at the Maria Carbonell Dance School she moved to London to complete her degree at London Contemporary Dance School, where she graduated from in July 2013. Since completing her training, Patricia has performed on a number of varying projects and has worked with New Movements Collective, Just Us Dance Theatre, Rick Nodine, Theo Clinkard, Saju Hari Dance, deaf choreographer Chisato Minamimura and Nutkhut Company. Patricia has worked as a supporting artist on a number of TV and film productions including The Crown and Guerrilla. In 2018 she completed her Yoga Teacher training in Rishikesh, India. She is also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA essential Oils specializing in Aroma Yoga where yogis are guided to use E.O aromatically, topically and on acupoints to support their bodies physically, emotionally and energetically. 

Find Patricia...

Teaching regular weekly online Yoga classes.

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Teaching weekly at Rainbow Montessori Nurseries & Marble Hill Dance Studio. 

 

COLLABORATION

Collaboration with other Artists is a pivotal part of the collective’s work. We strive to push the boundaries of our collaborations, working with an eclectic mix of Artists across a number of disciplines.

Collaborators include:

Alex Paton (multi-instrumentalist) Link to web

William South (musician & composer) Link to web

Panos Chountoulidis (Sound designer-composer) Link to web

Ashley Molloy-South (cajón)

Sabio Janiak (multi-instrumentalist) Link to web

Wayne Francis (saxophone) Link to web

Sashi & The Wildbeans (guitar, trumpet, jembe, saxophone)

Giorgio Bozart (guitar)

Rachel Musson (saxophone)

Wonkystuff (band) Link to web

Frealane (band) Link to web

Chris Bryan (guitar)

Aaron Knight (percussion)

Coque Gonzalez (electric guitar)

 

Rosie Whiting (costume designer) Link to web

Ryan Munroe (costume designer)

 Neus Gil Cortés (dramaturg) Link to web

Sarah Dowling (Movement director)

Henry Curtis (videographer/photographer) Link to web

Barnaby Booth (lighting designer)

Ben Moon (lighting designer) Link to web

Rafa Carbonell/The Hidden Eye (photographer) Link to web

Addlion Photography (photographer)

Justinas Brikys (photographer)

Deborah Kanfer (photographic artist) Link to web

Alisa Boanta (videographer and cinematographer)

Eleanor Sikorski (videographer) Link to web

Daryl Percival (graphic designer) Link to web

Maria Chocarro (graphic designer) Link to web

 

WORKSHOPS

Feet off the Ground are highly experienced in delivering informative and engaging workshops within the professional dance, education and community sector.

 

A synthesis of Contact Improvisation, Partner work and company repertoire our workshops are physical, challenging and dynamic.

 

We facilitate workshops from beginner to professional level and tailor the sessions to suit the specific needs and requirements of each group. From one-off workshops to more extensive programmes and intensives, our workshops give the opportunity to learn new skills and leave feeling inspired, energised and with an embodied confidence.

 

All Workshops are led by 2 Feet off the Ground members, ensuring that the work is demonstrated safely and accurately.

 

Feet off the Ground have led workshop and intensives for BalletBoyz, Rambert, London Contemporary Dance School, Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, CAT Programmes, The Place, Tripspace and Chisenhale Dance Space.

 

For more information and fees, please contact Robyn at info@feetofftheground.co.uk

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The workshop was really fun, insightful and well prepared and I felt like they really understood the needs of the group. I also loved the combination of technique, repertoire and play

Jessica Sandford, Professional dancer

BDN Artists Development Programme

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“Such a joyous, liberating and confidence building experience. Would love to do it all over again”

 

Lisa Chamberlain, Faltonia community project participant

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“Really warm, friendly, accessible, womanly afternoon where I could let go off my current persistent anxiety for a few hours and engage creatively around the concept of women’s empowerment.”

Jet Black, Faltonia community project participant

 

COMMISSIONS

2021

 Choreographic Commission for University of Lincoln - Hold

 Choreographic Commission for CAT The Place

2019 

Festival of Women’s Education, curtain raiser with James Allens’ Girls’ School & St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Girls’ School London

2018

Faltonia – Women’s’ community group, Nottingham

York St John University, curtain raiser with Dance course students York Bilborough College, curtain raiser with Dance course students Nottingham

2017

Choreographic Commission for CAT Dance4 Nottingham

2016

Shortlisted for Choreographic Search by Balletboyz 

Selected to participate in a professional development choreographic workshop led by Joe Moran, The Place 

2015 

Commissioned piece with Lesoco College Youth Dance

Company ‘In Transit’ performed a Lesoco College theatre

2014

Guest speakers at BA3 Careers Jam London Contemporary Dance School London

Commissioned piece with Let’s Shine Mentorship young dancers ‘Two People Dancing’ performed at NewVic Sixth form College

 

MERCHANDISE

We have t-shirts with the Feet off the Ground logo available for you to purchase, different sizes available.

If you would like to buy yours please email us on info@feetofftheground.co.uk