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SAMI RUSSELL

 

Sami’s choreography is heavily researched and requires a dancer’s strength and power in order to take the theatrical and emotional themes from studio to stage. This class focuses on performance qualities rather than classical techniques and is a great chance for you to express the choreography in your own unique way. The choreography is based on lyrical/free flowing movement however this doesn’t mean the body is not pushed to its full extent, parts of the class and choreography can be quick moving and theatrical, offering you a variety of texture and narrative to work from.

Sami Russell teaches Lyrical Contemporary at Danceworks :

Tuesdays 7-8pm Studio 11

To find out more, visit her teacher page and her Facebook page.

What is your biggest goal in life you haven’t achieved yet?

Tough question! I guess I’m a short term goal setter, I believe in perfecting everything that I do to the best of my ability. I like to give myself new goals and challenges as I accomplish old ones. At the moment I’m working on new ways of teaching people to perform with a sense of freedom whilst moving and expressing themselves … I’m still loving the challenge so I guess I haven’t fully achieved it yet.

What sport or activity influenced your life the most and how?

Gymnastics because it frightened me. Nothing is worth doing unless it frightens you a little bit.

What is your top three things on your bucket list?

To help people be themselves, to teach children to be confident regardless of their intelligence or interests and to see the world. (In no particular order)

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          What is the most important thing you have to do every day? 

      Call my mum.

      Which three words describe you the best?

       Tough, emotional, fair.

What is your main drive when it comes to teaching?

That everyone has their own story to tell/re-live/hide from and it’s my job to help them tell it/feel it/overcome it.

If you could choose any person in the world to have dinner with who would it be and why?

Sonia Tayeh because The woman is a genius.

Reflecting on your life, is there any advice you would give to young dancers?
Mean everything when you dance otherwise it’s just footprints that could belong to anyone.