Saturday, 18th of February, 12-2pm, Wusi Creative Space, 4 Broadway Market Mews Hackney London E8 4TS AmIaDancer workshop with Ian Hathway We are very happy to try something different during our AmIaDancer workshop cycle. The workshop will be an exploration of the aesthetic of Blues dance - such as grounded and earthbound movement, a relaxed and athletic posture, and lag - and a heavy focus on improvisation in relationship to music. AmIaDancer participants will learn some steps and patterns, and may do partnered work as well. Sounds fun! :) Ian has been dancing for a decade now, and cannot imagine life without it. It began with ballroom and Lindy Hop classes, and it wasn't until he went a summer without that he realized he couldn't stay away for long. African American vernacular dances form the core of Ian's knowledge and expertise, with a heavy focus on Lindy Hop, Blues, Charleston, and solo jazz. He has recently finished his Master's in Ensemble Theatre, focusing his dissertation on African American vernacular dance and its relationship with the actor's body and text. He loves the way that movement can change the way we think and speak, and exploring how dancing changes how we interpret a character's thoughts, words, and personality. Ian teaches dance in London with Swing Patrol, and has also recently appeared as The Entertainer in Sylum at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and as the all-singing all-dancing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Playhouse.