New Prodance season – September to December 2021

Curated by Ryan O’Neill, Maiden Voyage Prodance returns for Autumn/Winter 2021 with a range of Contemporary, Ballet and Conditioning sessions.

Following a consultation with regular particpants we will be offering six online classes via zoom and six live classes at the Crescent Arts Centre.

Online classes are only available to block book and you will also get a catch up recording of the class for a two week period. The cost is £15 for all six sessions.

Live classes are bookable individually at a cost of £5 per session. These have limited capacity due to covid regulations and are available on a first come first served basis. Booking for each live class we be released a week in advance.

Online Classes

10.00am – 11.30am via Zoom

Block book here

Live in studio Classes

10.00am – 11.30am at Crescent Arts Centre

A limited number of bursary spaces are available for dance artists experiencing hardship due to the pandemic. Please contact in confidence should this apply to you.

Professional Contemporary Class with Omar Gordon  

Tuesday September 14th 10.00-11.30

Online via zoom

Omar’s class focuses on activating and investigating the body’s range of movement through set technical exercises that have been designed to challenge and engage the participants, both mentally and physically. The class works progressively towards a final movement combination that incorporates all components that have been worked on during the class.  

There is strong emphasis on empowering the participants to feel brave and dare to go beyond their limits. There will be talk of discovering textures and qualities through a vocabulary of imagery and physical states 

Omar has had an extensive career spanning almost 30 years. He trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Central School of Ballet in London. On graduation he joined the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds, under the direction of the late Christopher Gable, and over 6 years rose to the position of Principal Artist.  

In 1998 he transited into contemporary dance and moved to Italy to join the prestigious Aterballetto Company under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti.  Two years later Omar joined the Lyon Opera Ballet working with revered choreographers, such as William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Maguy Marin, Angelin Perljocaj and Jiri Kylian. 

 In 2004 Omar returned to the UK as an independent artist working often with The Royal House ROH2 alternative stage, Covent Garden for their contemporary dance programs, The Glyndebourne Opera’s ‘A Fairy Queen’, and television, music videos and film work, such as Anna Karenina (Working Title Films) with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Channel 4’s Random Acts.

As a guest artist, Omar has performed with Northern Ballet, The State Theatre Of Northern Greece and Gallim Dance Company, New York City. He also created and performed in the critically acclaimed dance theatre production, ‘LOL’ Lots of Love for Protein Dance (Luca Silvestrini). 

Omar was resident ballet master and dancer with the State Theatre of Bern, Switzerland from 2008-2009 dancing and assisting choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman and Hans Van Manen. It was during this time that he began to expand on his knowledge of designing a teaching system to help assist and support classically trained dancers on how to adapt themselves into contemporary dance and technique.  

Since 2013, Omar has worked on two major productions with PUNCHDRUNK Theatre, firstly in London with ‘The Drowned Man; A Hollywood Fable’, and SleepNoMore, Shanghai, China. As an assistant choreographer/rehearsal director he has worked with companies such as Geneva Ballet, Switzerland, The Slovakian National Ballet, Skänes Danseteater, Sweden and Ballet De Monte Carlo’s Romeo & Juliet for Northern Ballet.  Last Autumn, Omar participated in the epic 12-hour Live streamed episode ‘The Third Day: Autumn‘ starring Jude Law, and produced by Sky Studios, Plan B Entertainment and PUNCHDRUNK Entertainment, which won the prestigious RTS Programme Awards for best Live Event 2021.