F&S Pro Class

Join our four online morning release-based technique and impro. classes for professional dancers, experienced movers, students, postgrads and dance teachers. You will develop your technique through set exercises and improvisations, leading to taught repertory from our recent R&D phase for the new work ‘Imagining Otherwise’. All classes are taught by company dancers.

Starting 4 Feb and running for four weeks initially, on a drop-in basis, each Thursday 10:00-11:15am £4 (£3 concessions)

4th Feb Luke Birch
11th Feb Julie-Ann Minaai
18th Feb Yael Flexer
25th Feb Alethia Antonia

Our company dancers’ biographies

Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then went on to complete his BA Hons degree at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined postgraduate dance company Edge at The Place/LCDS. Professionally he has performed for Flexer & Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (Rehearsal Director/Performer), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos, Saffy Setohy, Janine Harrington & dybwykdans (Norway). He has also performed on visual art/gallery-based projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer's Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition (Florence Peake and Nicola Conibere) both at The Hayward Gallery.

Luke has taught for Greenwich Dance, The Place, ID, Laban, SEAD, Shobana Jeyasingh Company & Flexer & Sandiland. He is an Associate Lecturer at Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre & Winchester University. Luke has been working with F&S since 2010.

Alethia Antonia is a freelance performer, choreographer, teacher and researcher. As a performer, Alethia has worked for Russell Maliphant Dance Company, and James Cousins Company, James Wilton Dance, VOXED - Wayne Parsons, Chhaya Collective, Heather Walrond Company, and Extended Play (Jamaal Burkmar), amongst others. Her choreographic work and research have been supported by The Place, Dance4, Yorkshire Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Leeds Dance Partnership.

As a teacher, she has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Kingston University, Edge Hill University, Accademia Balletto Roma, and for NYDC and various CAT Schemes.

Originally from Hawaii, Julie is an international freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director based in London, UK. She studied dance at Queen Emma Ballet and Mid-Pacific Institute’s School of the Arts, Hawaii. In California, she danced for Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble performing his renowned repertoire, Rainbow Etude. Julie completed her MA degree at London Contemporary Dance School.

Since moving to the U.K., Julie has toured nationally and internationally (Norway, Israel, China, Colombia & Peru) with distinguished choreographers and dance companies. Selected credits: ROH's Die Zauberflote, Peter Darling & Ellen Kane (Groundhog Day and Matilda), James Cousins, Flexer & Sandiland, ENO's Madam Butterfly, and Richard Malone's LFW Presentation, and commercially with Lynne Page (Pet Shop Boys, Jess Glynne's The BRITs 2019 & Stormzy’s The BRITs 2018), Caroline Pope (ITV’s Mr. Selfridge), Lucy Hind (Nick Frost & Simon Peg’s Truth Seekers), La Dispute’s Woman (Reading) and Th1ng Corp and Saatchi & Saatchi’s ASDA Battles Campaign.

Yael Flexer is an award-winning choreographer based in Brighton, UK. Her work is primarily concerned with interaction and connecting with an audience on a human and visceral level. Commissions as an independent artist include, among others: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Germany), Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Motus Dance Festival, National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Ludus Dance, Mapdance, Lila, Freefall & Cascade Dance Companies, Gravity & Levity & Trinity-Laban. Recent commissions include works for Hull Dance, Maslool (Israel), Stavanger University (Norway), Three Score & Encore East.

Yael has created numerous works for youth companies and regularly leads workshops, professional training and mentoring projects in the UK and internationally. Yael is winner of The Jerwood Award and completed her PhD in 2013 at The University of Chichester where she also co-directs mapdance, the University’s MA/postgraduate touring company. You can read Yael's full biography here.

Booking will become available shortly. 21/01/21

‘Acting Our Age’ 55+ & interested adults online movement class

Join our lovely and growing community of movers led by expert and supportive teachers, Luke, Fiona, Aya and Yael, for 1 hour of movement, inspiration, connection, and fun, every Wednesday morning online from 10:00am (GMT). All classes are on a drop-in and donation basis.

These drop-in movement classes are easy-to-access online using zoom, (directions below), for movers aged 55+, and open to interested adults of any age.

No previous dance experience required.

Wednesdays 10-11 (GMT) 11-12 (CET) 12-13 (IDT)

Donate if you can

Classes are offered free for all, on a donation basis.  All are welcome. Give what you can, only if you can. Suggested donation of £4 per class.
There is no commitment to join all classes, please join as many classes as you’d like.

Your donations help us to pay our teachers and cover our running costs.


With our latest dance show, Acting Our Age, placed on pause, we’re giving the joyful spirit of this inter-generational dance work life through a series of online movement classes.  These classes are aimed at movers over the age of 55, but we welcome interested adults of all ages to our group. Let’s join one another online, to move, dance, connect and laugh together.

These classes offer a space for us to reconnect with our bodies and with each other at a time when we are physically distant.  Sessions are grounded in Flexer & Sandiland’s creative approach: bringing awareness to our anatomy, using imagination and physical sensations to experience ease and pleasure in moving. Classes will lead you through gentle movement improvisations and may include simple exercises that are accessible to all.

Please wear comfortable clothing and we recommend you work in bare feet or if needed with socks. Prepare and clear your space as much as possible. You might want to have a bottle of water and chair to hand.

Directions to join your class online

Simply book your classes here 
Classes are given on a simple online platform, Zoom.
Zoom is accessible from your phone, tablet or computer.
You can download the free zoom app for easy access:

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We really look forward to welcoming you to our classes!

Plymouth Dance workshop: 28 Jan 13:00-14:30 (GMT)

Flexer & Sandiland will be leading a workshop exploring some of the themes and newly created repertoire from ‘Imagining Otherwise’ our new immersive digital dance work.

Delivered on Zoom, the workshop will begin with improvisations and a short technique class led by Yael followed by company repertoire taught by company member Julie-Ann Minaai, adapted to fit small places.

Yael Classes at Independent Dance: 1-5 March 10:00-12:00 (GMT)

Join Yael online for morning drop-in classes. Exploratory improvisational work and set exercises (adapted to suit small spaces) drawing on Flexer & Sandiland’s recent research for ‘Imagining Otherwise’ and Yael’s on-going online intergenerational improvisational teaching over the past year of lockdown. Classes will explore relationships between the body, materiality and landscape using real and imagined geographies as felt starting points. Morning Classes are intended for experienced movement practitioners and open to people of all ages.

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