Talking Moves Episode One: The Summer of the Zoom Class
In this episode we talk to Maria Ghoumrassi and Wendy Streatham about the ways in which they have adapted their teaching to accommodate the need to be online.
They discuss their initial fears and approaches, the ways in which they have explored the functionality and played with the format, how they structure their classes: stripping back to fundamental technique or playing with open ended stimuli and the ways in which they have prioritised community and wellbeing. They drill down into some of the specifics such as camera off or on, break out rooms, playing with those ‘rectangles’, tackling the ‘delay’ as they count their dancers in and most importantly… how to deal with the rogue pet dog!
Together, Maria and Wendy muse thoughtfully about how this period may have changed us forever and what the dance class of tomorrow might look like.
Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi
Dancer, choreographer, educator and movement director
Maria da Luz works through multidisciplinary arts to develop intercultural performance and has extensive experience working with a diversity of groups ranging from early years to older dancers, including performers and people with disabilities.
She was in the original cast of The Lion King and has performed with various companies including TV work. She has recently performed for Tate Modern and The London College of Fashion.
She has worked for Greenwich Dance for over 10 years as artistic director of Dancing to the Music of Time, an over 55’s group, and delivering professional and community classes.
“Despite being taken beyond my comfortable zone, I have now began to feel braver and see the incredible potential that technology can present to us to support the work we aim to do to connect communities.”
Dance Artist, Choreographer, Movement Director, Rehearsal Director, Teacher
Wendy’s career has been varied and a highlight was working as part of the Mass Movement Team delivering the auditions and rehearsals for the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Wendy has also worked in dance administration and management, including as Business Manager of Greenwich Dance from 2007-2011. For the past ten years her work has focused increasingly on dance in education. She is a freelance dance in education practitioner as well as a Mentor Leader with Artis Foundation, supporting primary school teachers and artists to deliver the National Curriculum creatively through the performing arts.
Wendy's headshot: Alicia Clarke