Degas Dancers

Information at a Glance

  • Daytime (lunchtime) Class
  • Mondays 13:00 - 13:50
  • 10 weeks: late July to September
  • 50 minutes weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Andrietta Brenk
  • Fees from £34 to £58
  • Official course title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
  • Online course
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In this online class we will learn basic French using a "kinaesthetic approach" making use of 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, basic elements of conversation). The warm-up focuses on mobilising articulations, muscles and the whole body while learning the new language elements. We will then proceed to a simple movement phrase containing elements of the warm-up so that participants are able to memorise the movement structure as well as vocabulary and expressions. In this part, the participants will also practice and consolidate the new expressions/vocabulary and later practice in pairs and small groups.

We will work on movement memory but also on memorising and applying basic vocabulary and sentences in French. The movement sequence will help to memorise the language elements.

As an additional task, you will learn how to create movement for yourselves and to work and create in pairs/small groups. We will practice describing movement and to hold basic conversation in French while performing the relevant dance phrase.

The vocabulary will focus on everyday actions and conversational expressions and will enrich the participants’ vocabulary. It will also enable the students to appreciate creative movement as the course evolves and to link the language learning to particular gestures and movements.

At the end of each session we will recapitulate the material and you will receive a list with the learnt vocabulary/grammar/expressions.

This course is aimed at beginners in the French language and participants of all levels in dance/creative movement are welcome.

Class Format

For this online class Microsoft Teams will be used. Participants will see each other online and can work together for the creative 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 to the course and learners introduce themselves
  • Talking about kinaesthetic learning and the benefits
  • Learning basic action words/body parts and action verbs/ s’appeler
  • Short warm up activity to memorise the vocabulary
  • Greetings in French through a movement phrase
  • Small group activity practice
  • Recap of vocabulary/ written document of French vocabulary
  • Cool down

Session 2

  • Recap of previous session, vocabulary and dance exercises
  • Introduction of nationality adjectives as well as professions/verb être
  • warm-up focusing on new vocabulary and conjugation of verb être
  • Introduction of a short movement phrase as a movement/language dialogue
  • Performance of sequence and recap of material
  • Cool down

Session 3

  • Recap of previous session, vocabulary and sequence
  • Introduction of numbers from 1-20 in the warm up exercise. New verbs and conjugation
  • Warm up class focusing on s’appeler/travailler/être/faire/habiter
  • Performing exercises to music in groups and dialogue without music
  • New movement phrase containing aforementioned grammar point and vocabulary as a dialogue.
  • Introduction of the negative phrase through creative movement sequence.
  • Cool down and recap of vocabulary/grammar point

Session 4

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Introduction of new grammar point: age and I have (sentences with ‘avoir’)
  • Rehearsal and performance of warm up phrase with new language elements
  • New movement phrase focusing on the family and vocabulary
  • Performance of movement dialogues and interaction in pairs/small groups
  • Recap of grammar point and cool down

Session 5

  • Recap of previous session /grammar/vocabulary
  • New warm up phrase with vocabulary about family members and possessive pronouns
  • Rehearsal and performance of exercise in two groups
  • Other group performs dialogue about family while first group is performing the movement to it
  • Dance phrase reviewing information such as nationalities, professions, age about family/friends with ‘avoir’ and ‘être’
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups
  • Cool down and recap

Session 6

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Introduction of new topic: ‘vouloir’ (want) and food/drink
  • Warm up exercise focusing on asking each other what you’d like to drink/eat
  • Rehearsal and performance in two groups
  • Introduction of new movement sequence with new vocabulary (food/drink)
  • Performance of new dance sequence
  • Recap grammar point/cool down

Session 7

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Warm up exercise focusing on actions such as read, watch, write, read, eat, listen and conjugations.
  • Rehearsal of dance phrase in twos and threes
  • Movement sequence with question/answer ‘what are you doing?’ and different actions such as ‘je lis un livre’, ‘j’écoute de la musique’ etc.
  • Setting of creative task: using choreographic tools such as repetition, stillness, speed to manipulate a movement and to express the nature of your action
  • Appreciation of movement phrases in small groups and recap of grammar/cool down

Session 8

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Warm up phrase focusing on the time
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups using the clock
  • Dialogue with question/answer: ‘il est quelle heure ?’
  • Dance sequence focusing on days of the week and actions such as ‘to work, to study, to eat’ etc.
  • Rehearsal and performance in groups, then choreographic task creating individual movement for description of routine (Example: I watch television on Sunday)
  • Performance of creative material and recap
  • Cool down

Session 9

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Warm up phrase focusing on likes and dislikes (j’aime/je déteste)
  • Performance in two groups and recap of nuancing a like/dislike with adverbs such as ‘peu, beaucoup, très, pas du tout’ etc.
  • New dance phrase with opposite dynamics to express likes/dislikes of actions (example: j’aime jouer au football, je déteste le ménage)
  • Rehearsal and performance of phrase in two groups
  • Creative task: change speed, dynamics, size 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

Session 10

  • Recap of previous session/grammar/vocabulary
  • Introduction of new topic: asking for directions and explaining an itinerary.
  • Warm up phrase focusing on prepositions and imperative verbs (example: cross the road, take the 2nd left, turn at the traffic light etc)
  • Rehearse and perform warm up phrase to each other with dialogues.
  • Introducing a small group task: creating a duet/trio using direction and prepositions , for example: between, opposite, next to, in front of, behind etc
  • Rehearsal and performance of creative sequence in pairs/trios
  • Recap of task and grammar/cool down

Equipment and Space Required

Equipment and Space Required

Comfortable clothing, soft or no shoes, and a yoga mat if possible

You will also need a suitable space free of trip hazards and dangerous objects to undertake the dance movements. A chair or door handle is useful for the stability exercises. Participants will see each other online and can therefore work together for the creative tasks. The class is interactive and participants will be asked to be open to work together for tasks.

You will need to download the Microsoft Teams app for this class. An internet-enabled device (desktop computer, laptop or tablet) with a video camera (webcam) and microphone is also needed.

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
10  10  £58
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
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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

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 termSummer term
 10  10 n/a n/a n/a w/c 27 Jul - w/c 28 Sept 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 29 June

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 after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
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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