The following sessions are open to all CAM and School of Music students, faculty, and staff:
Clare Guss-West trained as a classical & contemporary dancer and musician and
holds a BHum in dance & music and an MA in drama & theatre arts.
She began her career as a performer with “Second Stride” dance company
and as a choreographer creating works commissioned by The Place, London.
Following the success of several works with American composer Philip
Glass, she became resident choreographer and later director at English
National Opera, London. As opera director she created productions for
The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle and San Francisco
Operas, Netherlands Opera, Wiesbaden & Kiel Operas, Royal Opera
House Covent Garden, BBC Proms, Opera de Paris Bastille.
She published her own movement method – ‘The
Energy Source’ – simple daily exercise for mind and body vitality –
enhancing movement through the visualisation of energy. This work she
integrated into productions at ENO, Opèra de Paris and the ROH. It was
recognized with a Laurence Olivier nomination for outstanding
achievement in Opera and has become the foundation of her teaching to
this day. Today, Clare specialises in the integration of holistic wellbeing and
dance – teaching holistic approaches to the training of professional
classical ballet notably for RESEO members Finnish National Ballet and
Opera de Paris and on the Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate in Teaching
at Berlin Staatsballett, RAD.