DANCE TEACHER - ARTIST
Athina Matapa is a Greek artist who graduated from the Superior Academy of Dance of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and qualified as a Ballet and Contemporary Dance teacher at 2013. Athina has also gained a Masters Degree of Arts in Dance Practices from Liverpool John Moores University at 2019.
During her studies, she performed some Classical, Neoclassical and Contemporary repertories from some well known choreographers such as George Ballanchine, Martha Graham, Pina Bausch and Akram Khan. Athina has also been trained with Phoenix Dance Theatre, Company Chameleon, Lida Kapetanea and many other artists and dance companies across Greece and United Kingdom. As a choreographer, she created two well researched dance pieces " Chromosomes" and " Move as yourself" and performed them at Liverpool John Moores University-Suddley Theatre, Liverpool Lights night- John Lennon Arts and Design Building and at the Leap Dance Festival, 2019.
LESSONS I PROVIDE
As a teacher and artist I identify myself as postpositivist researcher, because I am interested to investigate reality that is constructed from individuals with different perspectives and worries about life. This worldview helped me a lot to understand how significant it is to see the students making progress, express their individualities and bring their voices within the class. This openness is something amazing, as dance is an art form and is for everyone who wants to be involved.I have experience in teaching ballet and contemporary dance since 2015. I am very dedicated and passionate with my job and I am trying to transmit that to my students too. I love sharing my knowledge with my students and encourage them to create and to never give up. I am also excited to learn from them because every lesson is something new and unique and everyone can contribute at the vast knowledge of this generous thing that is called "dance". Get in touch today so we can start working together.
BEGINNERS BALLET CLASSES
These classes aim to complete beginners who want to develop body awareness and posture of the body. The classes will help you enhance your flexibility, strength, and coordination between your body and your mind.The structure of the classes starts with some barre exercises, continues at the center with nice combinations to help you focus on your balance.
IMPROVERS BALLET CLASSES: WEDNESDAYS 6.15-7.30PM AT STUDIO 25, IN MANCHESTER.
DROP IN £6.5 PER CLASS +£1 ENTRANCE IN THE STUDIO.
These classes aim for people, who have done ballet before and they are aware of the basic structure of a ballet class with the appropriate terminology and technique. The purpose of these classes is to increase technical skills, develop your artistic interpretation and your musicality.
BEGINNERS CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES:
WEDNESDAYS 7.30-8.30PM AT STUDIO 25, IN MANCHESTER.
DROP IN £5.5 PER CLASS +£1 ENTRANCE IN THE STUDIO.
MONDAYS 5.30-6.30PM AT LIVE WIRE DANCE STUDIO, IN LIVERPOOL.
DROP IN £6 PER CLASS.
The level in these classes is open for anyone who has danced before or someone who has not and would like to try something different and creative. The focus on these classes is to explore the body, as it moving freely in the space. The structure of these classes includes some technical parts on the floor, the middle and the high level of the body and space. Some routines will help you to embody the free flow and direct movement, understand the vast ability of your mobilisation and increase your body awareness. Moreover, we work with some basic acrobatics, partnership, and improvisation to create intimacy with the others, the space but most importantly with ourselves.