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Dance

  • In my view an inspiring dance class creates an atmosphere where body, mind and sensations/imaginations get integrated. The artform Dance has the wunderful capacity to merge physical (psychomotor), mental (cognitive) and emotional (affective) elements of human beings.

    When we start to move, we fullfill a complex work of informative alternation between bodily energy and the outer world. So in dancing we focus on the awareness of our sensory-motor abilities according to which the body functions in the world rather than outside images.

    Awareness for such processes is an important focus in class. We become aware of different body textures. We sharpen our sensations while we face exposure to movement. Principles of different dance techniques help to achieve it as they are essential tools in my view.


    Following a clear structure, a class starts with mobilizing and gentle exercises to stretch/strenghten. Sometimes these exercices are related to improvisation tasks/techniques.
    It is about to prepare the body and mind, to soften the joints and strengthen the muscles and to find sensations for flow, liquidity and elasticity in the musculoskeletal structures of the body. The liquid quality of the body becomes sensible, space in the joints becomes noticed and flow in movements visible.

  • Following the gentle warm-up, we gradually focus on more energetic sequences. The class increases in complexity involving set movement material and combinations. We experience moving through different levels - from the floor up into medium and upright positions and down again. We use shifting weight, turns and jumps as well as moving through space (locomotion).

    The class aims to bring sense for different body textures, dynamics and movement qualities. Mastering the ability to balance direction and letting go defines gracefullness of the arts.
    We aim for embodied reflection and once it is sensed and understood, knowing how to create dance becomes infinite and rich. It enables to switch between opposed qualities such as fragility/power or smoothness/sharpness.

    Finally we focus on the practice to perform by working with short movement phrases/choreographies. We search for musicality and artistry. It is the moment to combine all the embodied former principles and to bring them into dance movements. We aim to be smooth while moving low in and out of the floor, to be compact while moving through space. The final part opens space for different sensations, expressions, emotions and especially for enjoying dancing.

    My contemporary/modern class integrates elements of various different dance techniques. I am combining principles of different contemporary dance techniques (floor work, release technique), modern dance techniques (Limon, Jooss-Leeder-Technik) as well as contact improvisation, improvisation methods and body work (Feldenkrais).

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