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January, 2019

17Jan(Jan 17)6:00 pm28Mar(Mar 28)7:15 pmContemporary Dance for BeginnersNOCTURN (John Darvell)(January 17) 6:00 pm - (March 28) 7:15 pm Price: £77, Conc £75, Members £72


January 17 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - March 28 (Thursday) 7:15 pm


Dance Studio

South Hill Park, Ringmead, RG12 7PA


£77, Conc £75, Members £72

Event Details

Contemporary Dance for Beginners

Tutor: NOCTURN (John Darvell)

Beginners Contemporary for the total novice, if you’re just returning to dance and for anyone with ‘two left feet’.

Want a sociable way to keep fit? Have fun and improve your health while learning the core skills and styles of contemporary dance in this friendly class suitable for total beginners.

Come alone or with friends. Our classes are about encouragementpositivity and fun, all delivered in a calm friendly approach by expert workshop leaders from NOCTURN.

Half term is Monday 18 – Sunday 24 February

JOINT CLASS DEAL! When booking the Contemporary Dance course and ILLUME Adult Performance Group together save 30% on the second course.

Please note that once this course has begun bookings can only be taken at the box office or by calling 01344 484123.

…see for yourself, watch our video…

We often get asked ‘what can I expect to happen when I come to class?‘ so we made a trailer so you can see, at

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NOCTURN creates and produces the work of John Darvell, exploring experimental contemporary narrative performances drawing on topical social issues.

NOCTURN’s cutting edge blend of dance, accessible technology and interactive events, engages audiences in experiences they might encounter accidentally. We take risks in order to create new ways to bring dance to a wide audience.

John Darvell is a gay man from a working class background in the North East. Throughout childhood he endured the harshness of school bullying and despite his potential only scrapped through education.  Escaping to London in 1987 he started a career path that led him not into the arts but the civil service. He spent much of his early career conforming rather than pursuing his passion to dance and make art.

John’s professional journey into dance began in his late 30’s after taking the courageous risk at 37 to retrain in contemporary dance, leaving the security of day-to-day office work. He has spent the last 10 years forging a remarkable approach to creating and choreographing work, bringing a strong aesthetic from his years as a visual designer. With a thirst for challenging what is deemed normal or traditional, he brings his humour, talent and determined creative spark to any project. His story is an inspiration for anyone coming to dance later in life.

After graduating from Laban in 2007 and initiating NOCTURN he has focused on creating accessible digital dance work and immersive online events, utilising social media to engage audiences. His programme of community outreach work is renowned for inspiring and engaging both young and adult dancers. His desire to overcome barriers in whatever form they may be is the key focus for the company.

John has written articles for People Dancing, the National Dance Teachers Association, and his educational work has featured in publications such as Kidscape – ‘How to create kind schools’ alongside contributions from Dance United and 2Faced Dance. He was on the Board of the now disbanded National Dance Teachers Association. A regular teacher at the industry event MOVEIT hosted in London each year.

A successful applicant for the Clore Leadership Programme Intensive (Short Course) a pioneering initiative to develop and strengthen leadership across cultural and creative sectors in the UK. John is excited about the opportunities that this training has given him to expand the work of the company.

He has often been a guest on BBC Berkshire and Oxfordshire radio.




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Jennifer Newman
January 14, 2019 5:20 pm

Is this class for +16s? My daughter wants to do contemporary but can’t find a beginner class for her age. She is nearly 13


Hi Jennifer. The Contemporary Dance classes are for people 18 years old and over. The only dance class I could recommend is the Street Dance Energy Juniors but that might not quite be the right style of dance.


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