Contact Dance Company announces the 17th edition of Dance Hybrid Malta 2018 summer intensive.  International Dance Artist Kerry Nicholls will give an Intensive week of masterclasses, choreographic collaboration for professional dancers and serious dance students age 15+ (subject to application). She will be accompanied by established international musician Christopher Benstead.  A five-day study platform including an informal sharing of the work produced during the week’s intensive, demonstration of classes, and choreographic collaboration, including some guest showcasing performances.  This sharing is supported by the Malta International Arts Fringe Festival 2018. ( curated by Francesca.

Where: Malta

When: 9th – 14th July 2018

International Dance Artist Kerry Nicholls

Kerry Nicholls has taught, choreographed, mentored and performed extensively for numerous dance companies and institutions throughout Europe and worldwide, and her experience spans a diverse dance practice spectrum.  Regularly teaching for DV8, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Michael Clark companies to name a few, she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary technique teachers; she receives many invitations to teach internationally at Ballet Preljocaj (France), Escuela de Danza (Cuba) and the Beijing Dance Academy (China). KNDC (Kerry Nicholls Dance Company) was founded in 1999 as a vehicle to promote her own choreographic research. Since its inception, Kerry has created numerous works for the company as well as receiving independent commissions from organisations and companies within Europe, China and the USA, and has directed various projects at venues such as the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall. She was appointed Co-Director of Creative Learning for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in 2007, in addition to becoming the artistic advisor for the English National Ballet School in 2008. Currently, Kerry is an external assessor for both the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School, is a regular choreographic mentor for the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, Dance UK, Rambert and Youth Dance England. She is also artistic advisor at The BRIT school and artistic director for National Youth Dance Wales 2015. Kerry is director and owner of Kerry Nicholls Dance and embodies the values and spirit of the brand which launched in autumn 2012.

Accompanied by International Composer Christopher Benstead

Composer Christopher Benstead has worked intensively in the world of dance and theatre for over thirty years, composing more than one hundred and fifty scores in a wide range of styles from full orchestral to chamber, choral and electronic. He has been commissioned to compose for, among others, Rambert Dance Company, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Company, Royal Danish Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, Freiburger Tanzteater, Ballet du Nord, Scottish Ballet, Amici Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Gyori Ballet, Stopgap Dance Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio and Television. He has created musical scores for large and small-scale dance and theatre companies, youth and community groups, radio, television, and film throughout the UK, in Europe, the Americas, the Far East and Africa. His work as composer for community projects has focused mainly on work with disadvantaged children across the globe, particularly in Cambodia with EPIC Arts, South Africa with the Austrian-based s2arch charity and in Mexico for the British Council. Christopher has produced and recorded a series of CDs for dance teachers and is one of the UK’s most distinguished and experienced dance class accompanists.

Course Description:

This is a unique opportunity to work with Kerry Nicholls Dance for a series of six intensive days to enhance professional development for dance practitioners and artists.

With an aim to rejuvenate current practice, Kerry will begin each day by leading a fast-paced, and athletically demanding technique class using the foundations of Limon and release based techniques. Kerry will be accompanied by long-time music collaborator, Christopher Benstead. Kerry and Chris share their strong connection in this energetic technique class. These morning sessions of high-quality professional training, will explore a kinetic use of spatial architectonics with an emphasis placed on physical and mental stamina, and artistry.  With a rare chance to experience first-hand, Nicholls’s physically testing movement language, Kerry will lead further workshops drawing from an eclectic bank of repertory leading the participants through a range of phrases from numerous works. Further exploration with this material will illuminate new generative task-based choreographic tools which in turn, will open new doors to individuals’ creativity. The findings of these will be structured into a piece to perform at the culmination of the week – housed in an original score composed by Chris – so as to enhance per formative skills and give totality to process.  Kerry delivers this course as part of KND’s ongoing commitment to facilitating meaningful professional development. This aims to be a rigorous and challenging six-day course – not to be missed.

Class Description

Kerry delivers a fast-paced, energetic and athletically demanding contemporary technique class. Using the foundations of Limon and release based techniques, her classes explore a kinetic use of spatial architectonics with an attention to momentum, qualitative change and musical sensibility.


Drop in classes @ 30 Euro

Full course @ 350 Euro

Full course paid by 30th April 2018 @ 320 Euro


Dance Studies Studios, Hometrends, Floor 2 Taz Zwejt Industrial Estate San Gwann Malta.   Directions:

Informal Sharing:

Valletta Campus Theatre St. Christopher Street, Il Belt Valletta, Malta Direction:

Terms and conditions for application Dance Hybrid Malta 2018

  • Early bird discount 20 Euro when paid in full by the 30th April 2018.
  • 50 Euro deposit secures a place by 30th March 2018
  • No deposits or course payments are refundable
  • A minimum of three years Dance experience is required, it is not suitable for beginners
  • Scholarships are awarded but are not transferable to another person
  • Film footage and photography will be taken during the week’s intensive this will be used and edited for the sole purpose of the Dance Hybrids activities and public relations. All footage is shared by all participants in a private group.
  • Certificate of participation are awarded at the end of the intensive signed by Guest Artists
  • Dance Hybrid Malta is not responsible for any personal belongings or theft during the intensive week.
  • Application requests from
  • Cheques made payable to Francesca Tranter, Madeley Too, 43 Triq it Terz, ibrag, Swieqi, SWQ2272, Malta, Europe Internet banking available upon request.

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