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Dance Workshops with Anthony Matsena

About Anthony

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Wales, choreographer and movement director Anthony trained at the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School. Along with his brother Kel, he is the co-Artistic Director of their award-winning company Matsena Productions. They most recently wrote and directed original piece Geometry of Fear for Messums Wiltshire and adapted it for a livestream performance on BBC's Dancing Nation as Shades of Blue. Anthony is also director of performance and performance associate at Messums Wiltshire. He is an associate artist of National Dance Company Wales and was selected as one of the inaugural Young Associates at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 2018.

Outline of Sessions

All sessions follow the same sequence of:

focus/ warm up and game/ teach sequence/ creative task/ performance

Sessions are suitable for: upper key stage 2 and key stage 3 students – some students will find the sequences challenging, others will need extending with the creative tasks. Please use the choreographic resource cards for help with extending and challenging.

Sessions last 1 hour.

  • Episode 1 - Arm ripple. Creative- teamwork dance
  • Episode 2 - Step throw sequence. Creative – add onto your teamwork dance
  • Episode 3 - Frog bounce sequence. Creative – sport dance
  • Episode 4 - Power dance. Creative – Teamwork and sports dance recap
  • Episode 5 - Quickstep. Creative – Jungle dance
  • Episode 6 - Put all creative tasks together
  • Episode 7 - Perform all creative tasks and add freestyle

Extra Resources

For students: Choreographic task cards designed to hand out to students to help them extend and develop their creative sequences

For teachers: Plenary and leading questions flash cards to help guide discussions around dance