Degas Dancers

Information at a Glance

  • Afternoon Class
  • Tuesdays 17:00 - 19:00
  • 10 weeks: May to July
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Andrietta Brenk
  • Fees from £67 to £117
  • Official course title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
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In this class we will learn French online using a "kinaesthetic approach" based on the medium of dance.

At the start of each session you will first go through a body warm up and learn basic vocabulary (anatomy, instructions, action words). The warm up focuses on warming up articulations, muscles and the whole body in a gentle dance warm up. This consists for example in articulation of feet, knees, hips, the spine and shoulder girdle. We will then proceed to a simple movement sequence containing elements of the warm up so participants are able to memorise the movement structure.

We will work on movement memory but also on vocabulary and sentence structure in French. The sequence will be performed as a group to music.

As an additional task, you will learn how to create movement for yourselves by adding for example a bar of eight counts of your own movement in the taught sequence. These sequences will then be performed in groups of three so the non-performing participants can watch and then describe the movement in French.

The vocabulary will focus on adjectives and actions and will enrich the participants vocabulary. It will also enable them to appreciate creative movement by describing and as the course evolves, to interpret the movement. At the end of the session we will recapitulate the vocabulary and the grammar points used in the session.

Online Class Format and Equipment

Zoom will be used to teach this class online. Participants will see each other online and can therefore work together for the creative tasks. The participants require a space without dangerous objects and a chair/door handle for stability exercises. The class is interactive and participants will be asked to be open to work together for tasks.


Course Information

Course Programme

This class will be taught entirely online. Please check to ensure you have the equipment and space needed to take part in this course.

Session 1

  • Introduction into contemporary dance - a short historic explanation and viewing of contemporary dance extracts in a video
  • Talking about kinaesthetic learning and the benefits
  • Learning body parts and action verbs such as plier- to bend, rouler- to roll etc.
  • Short warm up activity to memorise the vocabulary
  • Body warm up and performing the warm up sequences to music
  • Recap of vocabulary/ written document of French vocabulary

Moving danceSession 2

  • Recap of previous session, vocabulary and dance exercises
  • Introduction of new vocabulary and grammar point (Imperative)
  • New warm-up focusing on different body parts and vocabulary
  • Performance of warm-up in whole group and small groups
  • Introduction of a short movement phrase and vocabulary/grammar
  • Performance and appreciation of sequence and recap 

Session 3

  • Recap of previous session, vocabulary and sequence
  • Introduction of new vocabulary and warm up exercises. New grammar point (near future, future tense and when to use present/future tense)
  • Warm up class focusing on spine roll down/up and coordination of feet and arms
  • Performing exercises to music in groups
  • New movement sequence containing coordination elements.
  • Rehearsal and performance of sequence in small groups
  • Description of the sequence using future/present tense
  • One group describes the movement, the other performs the sequence and vice versa
  • Cool down and recap of vocabulary/grammar point 

Session 4

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Introduction of new grammar point: past tense (passé compose)
  • Recap of previous movement sequence in past tense
  • Warm up phrase focusing on coordination of arms/legs on counts and articulation of spine/head
  • Rehearsal and performance of warm up phrase
  • Description of warm up phrase in words using past tense
  • New dance sequence: introduction of floor work and new vocabulary
  • Rehearsal and performance in small groups
  • Add four own movements to sequence which contain coordination of arms/legs
  • Performance and appreciation of sequence
  • Recap of grammar point 

Session 5

  • Recap of previous session /grammar/vocabulary
  • Recap of warm up exercise and introduction of new grammar point: qualitative adjectives and agreement with noun/adverbs
  • New warm up phrase focusing on releasing tension in neck, shoulders and hands
  • Rehearsal and performance of exercise in two groups
  • Other group describes the movement using adjectives/adverbs
  • Dance phrase with Release-based elements for letting go of tension in periphery
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups
  • Description/appreciation of phrase using adjectives/adverbs
  • In groups of three: adding a bar of eight of their own movements to the phrase using tension-free movement in neck/head/arms/ shoulders
  • Perform and appreciate to peers - recap grammar point

Session 6

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Recap of warm up exercise
  • Introduction of new grammar point: Imparfait (repetition, habit, state of being)
  • Talking about previous creative task using passé composé and Imparfait
  • Where can we use Imparfait describing habits, repetitions and/or states of mind?
  • Warm up exercise focusing on repetition and state of mind
  • Rehearsal and performance in two groups
  • Appreciation of exercise using Imparfait
  • Introduction of new dance sequence-rehearsal
  • Performance of new dance sequence
  • Recap grammar point

Session 7

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Recap of warm up exercise using Imparfait/passé compose
  • Warm up exercise focusing on repetition and state of mind
  • Recap of previous dance phrase - description
  • Rehearsal of dance phrase in twos and threes
  • Performance of dance phrase in two groups- description with Imparfait elements (repetition)
  • Understanding the difference between passé composé/imparfait when describing movement sequence
  • Setting of creative task: using choreographic tools such as repetition, stillness, speed to manipulate a movement
  • Creation of new movement phrase and performance
  • Appreciation of movement phrases in small groups and recap of grammar

Session 8

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Introduction of new grammar point: prepositions
  • Warm up phrase focusing on changes of direction/spatial awareness
  • Rehearse and perform warm up phrase to each other
  • Description of warm up phrase using prepositions
  • Introducing a small group task: creating a duet/trio using direction and prepositions, for example: diving underneath someone’s arm, jumping over someone’s foot (virtually), walking around each other etc.
  • Rehearsal of creative sequence in pairs/trios
  • Peers appreciate and describe using prepositions
  • Recap of task and grammar

Session 9

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Warm up phrase focusing on changes of speed and size
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups
  • Description of movement phrase using adjectives
  • Introduction of grammar point: comparison and superlative
  • Dance sequence focusing on manipulation of speed and size
  • Rehearsal and performance in groups
  • Appreciation of phrase and use of comparison and superlative in description of material

Session 10

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Warm up phrase focusing on full body movement and articulation of spine
  • New dance phrase combining choreographic tools such as changes of speed, size, directions and dynamics
  • Introduction of vocabulary to appreciate the aforementioned choreographic tools in words
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups
  • Appreciation of phrase
  • Creative task: change speed, dynamics, size and direction of the phrase individually
  • Rehearsal and Performance of incorporated choreographic changes. Viewing of material in two groups
  • Appreciation of phrase
  • Recap of learning outcomes and cool down

Equipment and Space Required

Equipment and Space Required

You will need to download the Zoom app to take part in this course and also sign up for a free Zoom account. For this you will need a computer with video camera (webcam) and microphone, which can be a desktop computer, tablet computer or laptop computer.

You will also need a suitable space, with no hazards, too undertake the dance movements. Participants will see each other online and can therefore work together for the creative tasks. The participants require a space without dangerous objects and a chair/door handle for stability exercises. The class is interactive and participants will be asked to be open to work together for tasks.


Your Tutor

Brenk photoAndrietta (Etta) Brenk holds an MPhil in Linguistics/FLE (Université de Nancy 2, France) (as well as a MA in Choreographic Practice (TrinityLaban). She has been teaching French at the Humanities department at Imperial College and at Greenwich University and her course 'Moving Words' has received an award from Chisenhale Dance Space and funding from the Arts Council England. The particular approach to teach languages through creative movement has been part of a case study called Thames Gateway in 2009 in a joint research project at Goldsmith University, City University and TrinityLaban. Etta is also the artistic director of London-based dance theatre company Etta Ermini Dance Theatre and their repertoire work have been successfully touring the UK and abroad since 2010. Etta's passion is learning and teaching languages as well as dance. She was a lecturer in the performing arts department of Kingston University teaching choreography, contemporary dance techniques and production in an academic and practical setting.


Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £117 £67 £90
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read these before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 11 May - w/c 13 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For further information please contact the course tutor, Andrietta Brenk, at