We recently caught up with award-winning choreographer and performer, Bridie Gane – who will be leading the upcoming Contemporary Dance Summer School for ages 11-18, starting 26 July – to find out more about her and the summer school.
Born in Bristol, Bridie trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds), before moving to Berlin and then to Glasgow; where she is now the Junior Conservatoire Contemporary Dance lecturer at RCS, freelance dance artist teaching across Scotland, and also an Associate Artist with Dance Base Scotland, in Edinburgh.
Achieving first prize and audience prize at Euro Scene Leipzig’s competition for ‘The Best German Dance Solo’, as well as a further two awards at 3..2..1.. Dance competition in Krakow, Poland are just some of Bridie’s achievements in her successful career. She has collaborated with various artists over the years, including May McQuade to create Never Walk Alone – a short dance film made in response to Britain’s exit from the EU.
Bridie’s work also includes Reception – which was commissioned by Dance Base Scotland as part of Now Here This, with support from Creative Scotland and funding from the Scottish Government.
Quick Fire Questions with Bridie Gane
1. What inspires you?
Music! I have a very eclectic taste in music and love all kinds of genres. I love making dance that works very closely in sync with music and finding narratives and themes that emerge from different sounds.
2. Do you prefer sweet or savoury?
This is a tough one! I’m really into all kinds of food! But I’m gonna say sweet because I love dessert, especially cheesecake!
3. How can students benefit from taking your Contemporary Dance summer school?
We’ll be flexing our muscles both physically and creatively! Students can expect to choreograph their own work as well as consider all aspects of performance including costume, music, stage design and lighting! Students will benefit from gaining confidence in their understanding of contemporary dance as well as skills in choreography and staging work for the screen!
4. What’s your favourite thing to teach?
I love teaching choreography and making new work with students, I’m always excited by their ideas and love watching them perform!
5. What’s your top tip for warming up?
Don’t sit down! Put on your favourite song and get moving!
6. What are you most looking forward to regarding teaching your summer school?
Meeting new students and working with their ideas to create a new piece of work!