Exciting New ISTD Contemporary Dance Syllabus
7 May 2018
We are proud to announce the development of a new ISTD Contemporary Dance Syllabus by Dr Ross McKim
The ISTD is introducing a new syllabus. This is a special union between the Society and Dr Ross McKim, the well-known dancer, choreographer, philosopher and Artistic Director of the Rambert School (from 1985–2015) who has inspired generations of dancers across the globe. He is a hugely influential figure in modern dance and his approach is renowned for its grace, intelligence and beauty. His extensive knowledge of different ballet and contemporary techniques lead him to create his own unique way of moving and we are delighted to be able to work with him to pass on his precious legacy and profound knowledge of contemporary dance technique through this brand new syllabus.
Ross McKim MA PhD NBS (IDP) entered The Royal Ballet School in 1965 at the age of 16. Judged first in his class at the end of his first term, he was taken into The Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with The Royal Danish Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and London Contemporary Dance Theatre as a principal dancer before performing for his own companies.
He founded Moving Visions in London in 1976, which was later known as English Dance Theatre. He set up Chamber Dance Theatre in Canada and moved it back to London. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Rambert School and re-established Moving Visions as a research vehicle. He has taught for all the major London professional schools and many companies.
Dr Ross now has a mission to share his legacy and profound knowledge of contemporary dance technique with young dancers worldwide in this exciting and exclusive new collaboration with the ISTD. We asked Ross a few questions about himself and his work.
"At Rambert I wanted everyone to feel appreciated for what they were and could be"
What is your fondest memory from your 30 years of working as Artistic Director of Rambert?
Helping (maybe I helped) people become, at least artistically, more than they had been before, through dance. I was a youngish director, when I began; 35 and still performing a lot. The students discovered things as I did. Though I had taught classes for say 10 years by that time, it was at Rambert that I learned to teach, or maybe to non-teach, or discover, how to help dancers and choreographers believe in themselves and so become their potential. It was a matter of establishing a creative atmosphere, in the dancers’ lives and dance experience; class and performance, in which everything felt right. I wanted everyone to feel appreciated for what they were and could be. I tried to allow them to feel perfectly safe.
Please turn to page 26 of the latest issue of DANCE magazine to read the full interview. If you are not a member of the ISTD you can still catch up with DANCE magazine by taking out a subscription or by purchasing individual issues from the ISTD shop.