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About this event

In this course, Artistic Director of Hype Dance, Anna Olejnicki and one of their performers will lead this practical day looking at how to use sport as a creative tool for dance. They will discuss the processes they went through to create the show, and alongside this you will explore how to approach choreography through sport and work on developing practical ideas for implementing these into your own work with sport.

Hype Dance Company began to look into the relationship between sport and dance in 2013. Their work focused on Boxing and they engaged in huge collaboration with their performers and boxers at the world-renowned Ingle Boxing Gym.

This research and development, funded by The Arts council England, led to delivering many community dance and sport workshops, a UK tour of an outdoor dance theatre show ‘Savage Beauty’ and in 2018 developed a solo show ‘Beautifully Savaged.’

Anna is also appearing as a guest speaker for our Membership Matters webinar in March – more information here.

About the lecturer

Anna Olejnicki began her dance career training at a local dance school in Doncaster, and began her professional career working as a commercial dancer/choreographer for fashion shows, and a dance tutor before founding Hype Dance Company, a dance education company in Sheffield in 2004.

Anna has worked with many dance companies delivering educational work including Decadance Theater (USA), Renegade Dance Theatre (Germany), and for the last 13 years with The Royal Ballet School (UK).

She teaches regularly within Hype Dance Company’s Academy in Sheffield. Her teaching work ranges from creative dance, choreography, teacher training/mentoring with professional dancers, and work with professional ice skaters from the British Squad.

She is a registered teacher with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Training, is an assessor for The Royal Academy of Dance on their practical dance teacher training module, a lecturer for the ISTD and a TDCI festival adjudicator.

Anna has been the recipient of Arts Council England Funding, a Lisa Ullman Dance travel scholarship and a finalist in the Grazia/O2 female Entrepreneur of the year.


Image of Anna Olejnicki smiling into camera

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