Gotta Dance: Sydney’s new Dance Film Masterclass

Dance Film MasterclassCapturing dance on film has been an integral part of the movie industry for many years. Think back to the golden days of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelley and Cyd Charisse where movie musicals involved dancing production numbers both large and small.

The evolution of dance from stage to the screen is continually developing, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is launching a new masterclass for cinematographers, choreographers and dancers to participate in an exciting, intensive and innovative collaboration on July 28 & 29 this year.

Participants in the course will explore the aesthetics of the dance film genre of the 20th century through to contemporary screen dance practice using works of national and internationally recognised leaders in the field over two full days.

Dr Richard James Allen from Physical TV will lead the course, with participants working in the AFTRS film studio with dancers learning different scenarios and approaches to capture dance for the screen.

“We’ll explore a range of ‘shooting’ exercises in studio, looking at key concepts of time, energy, space and gesture in staging and framing. By exploring montage ideas of collision and flow, timing, pacing and trajectory phrasing, participants will learn the tremendous impact they can have in this genre”, said Dr Allen, an award winning leader in the dance film genre.

“Places are limited to ensure the very best learning environment for the masterclass and the production of  high quality outcomes for each participant,” Dr Allen says.

The Dance Film Masterclass is a collaboration between AFTRS, The Physical TV Company and FORM Dance Projects, and FORM will be offering a scholarship to an emerging independent dancer or choreographer to participate in the masterclass.  

Contact Annette McLernon for more information about the scholarship – [email protected]


Book a position in the Course

Sat 28 and Sun 29 July 2012

Location: Australian Film Television and Radio School, Moore Park, Sydney 

Price: $495/ $445 early bird discount 

Info & Booking:

Enquires: 1300 065 281 / [email protected]

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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