Hannah’s Home Practice Diary | Groundwork

In this blog, Hannah takes us through some of her thoughts on our Groundwork Home Practice videos…

To me Home Practice is about finding different ways to move, learning what my body can do, and to witness and observe. So in my diary today, I’m giving you an insight what my thoughts are and what I’ve discovered along the way in my Home Practice journey so far…

First words of inclusive contemporary dance | Groundwork - Home Practice – with Lucy Bennett


  • Standing Dancer (uses legs to transfer weight)
  • Check-in
  • Create Space
  • Give Permission to Create Curiosity
  • Breath
  • Working Position
  • Embody, Visualise and Imagine an Image (Elastic Band): Reality and Fantasy

I’ve enjoyed getting to know my room by keeping it occupied with different touches and spaces. With the words ‘Find a Space’, it helps me know where everything is and how much space I have to dance in.

My most favourite thing about this word is the personal space; personal space to me is about getting to know my own body and what things I have to learn about it. I also enjoyed visualising and imagining myself as an elastic band which Lucy showed in the video.

The most challenging part in this session is to give myself permission to find curiosity. The reason why I found this difficult is because I’d have to give myself extra time to scan and tune in with my body. As Lucy mentioned in the video, the other first words were ‘tune in’ and ‘give permission to find curiosity’. If you don’t know what ‘tune-in’ means, it’s a tool where you can close your eyes, self-meditate and get in touch with yourself.

Learning Material & Mapping Movement | Groundwork - Home Practice – With Amy Butler


  • Far Away Engines
  • Analyzing
  • Simplifying (break it down)
  • Textures

What I found challenging in this session is Amy’s co-ordination game where she shows us a move and we have to repeat it. When she’s not moving and calls out the numbers, that’s when I get confused! I found this challenging because I’d have to repeat that certain move more than once so I’m fully confident with each move; once I have that confidence, I’ll start putting it in a random order which sometimes I struggle with.

But I can pause and repeat the video which really helps with learning.

In this session, I’ve learnt about ‘Far away Engines’ in Gaga technique. These leg and arm movements which are supported by our spine and how these limbs can move across, up and down and diagonally. I’ve also learnt about the different signs Amy used before her first exercise, Spine Awakening. I found this useful because it helps me know which part we’re doing whether it’s slow or fast or to repeat it.

Improvisation & Exploration in contemporary dance | Groundwork - Home Practice – Tom Goodwin

  • Exploring Possibilities
  • Interest and Curiosity (Playing with Off-Balance)
  • Making Choices Inside a Score (your own choices)
  • Your Own Pathways

What I really liked about this session is I could improvise and explore on a number of ideas. These ideas could be based on themes, photos and personal interests I would see in myself, other people and my favourite films. With this in mind as Tom mentioned in his video, he talks about ‘movement research’ which I could brainstorm all my ideas to create a dance piece. This is what I really love about improvisation, exploration and movement research where I could see myself as a choreographer which I’m studying now.

I’ve learnt about how to create a movement score with these words ‘curiosity’, ‘desire’ and ‘play’. As Tom mentioned in this session, he explains how these three words can be used in a score. A score to me is a creative task where I could choose two or three ideas or more I’d like to explore on, once I’ve explored with these ideas I’d film them and make note of this my notebook. Everything I’ve learnt in this session is very useful to become a choreographer which is followed by Lucy’s Seed video ‘Performing the Image’.  

Translation Tools for inclusive contemporary dance | Groundwork - Home Practice – with Laura Jones

What is Translation: Translation of movement from one body to another

Translation Tools:

  • Intention (Purpose of the movement) & Energy
  • Spine & Direction
  • Rhythm & Quality
  • Detail & Focus

In this session, I’ve learnt how to translate simple movement such as a turn, up and down and a curve in the spine. As Laura mentioned in this session, she pin-pointed certain words we can pick up on such as detail, spine and intention. When I’ve done this video, she showed me a simpler version of a move but when I translate it in my own body it may look different and challenging (as I use my legs). If it’s a complex move, it’ll be confusing for me; to do this I’ll need to start from the beginning and build up from there.   

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