We are excited to bring the Apaches Lead artists’ online with a series of short tutorials.
These tutorials explore and share different approaches from our professional artists, which has been developed and integrated into their personal practice representing a variety of artistic backgrounds such as Contemporary, African dance, Hip- hop and Breakin.
Contemporary Flow with Martina Bussi
Learn a 5-minute contemporary sequence that you can do in your home to get the body moving.
Do Martina’s sequence here
Contemporary Warm-up with Chris Radford
An easy contemporary exercise that can be used to warm up the body before dancing.
Learn Chris exercise here
Killer Arms and Cognitive Exercise with Nathan Lafayette
A short body aware exercise to help with lines when doing choreography and build strength in the arms
Do Nathan’s exercise here
Improvisation Task with Molly Wright
A 5-minute tutorial on improvisation using the whole body.
Do Molly’s tutorial here
Breakin’ Step with Jamaal O’Driscoll
Jamaal brings a how-to tutorial and breaks down a popular breakin’ move, the 6-step.
Do Jamaal’s tutorial here
Martina Bussi – Originally from Italy, Martina trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a MA in Performance from the University of Kent in 2010. She has since performed with various dance companies including, Henri Oguike Dance Company, Leila McMillan, Tom Dale Company, Tavaziva Dance and spent 7 years touring internationally with dance-circus company Motionhouse.
Christopher Radford is from Birmingham and started dancing as a member of ACE Youth and trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance receiving first-class honours. Recently, alongside performing, Chris has been teaching and choreographing on many schools and youth programmes throughout the Midlands. He has been creating his own work with partner Sara Macqueen, that has been performed at festivals including Birmingham Weekender, BIDF and Fest4all.
Nathan Lafayette is a Birmingham based choreographer, performer and Hip-Hop theatre maker. He creates work around the themes love, death, morality, connection, energy, growth; with a strong focus on pure and vulnerable honesty. Also, a holistic and multiskilled teacher currently working for DanceXchange & Zoonation.
Molly Wright trained at Trinity Laban graduating with an honours degree in Dance Theatre in 2008. Following graduation, she has worked as a freelance artist across both London and the UK. For the past 6 years, Molly has been the lead artist for the over 60’s dance group “Leap of Faith” as part of her role at ELD. This led to her forming her own dance company, “Damn Fine Dance” which recently made their debut performance at Sadler’s Wells as part of the Elixir festival.
Jamaal O’Driscoll has been a part of the dance community since 2010, practising a variety of dance styles, and developing a strong technique within the hip-hop style of breaking. In 2019, Jamaal created O’Driscoll Collective to give back to the community, facilitating conversation through movement, continuing to teach and deliver performances in a variety of settings.