Heidi Weiss  Contemporary Training for Dancers

Bio: Heidi Weiss earned her B.F.A. in modern dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1992. Upon graduation she performed, choreographed and toured with Group Motion Company from 1992-95. As a Philadelphia young artist, Heidi received grants for her work in addition to freelancing with local artists such as Rennie Harris, Karen Bamonte and SCRAP performance group. In 1997 Heidi relocated to Germany. In 1998, she founded Zen in the Basement Company with Jennifer Mann and Sebastian Gäbel. The company has been creating and performing works for the last 10 years in Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden, as well as touring internationally. Heidi has been teaching throughout Europe for many years in schools, companies and Universities. For the past two and half years she was Professor for Contemporary Dance at Palucca Schule Dresden. Most recently Heidi was a guest artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia/USA and a guest teacher at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria.

Class Description: Heidi Weiss teaches a Contemporary Modern technique class, which combines strenghening elements with release based exercises. Her training begins with basic yoga poses, focusing on breath and clarity. The warm-up continues with a series of moving exercises which focus on creating length and volume in the body, through the use of clear direction and choices. Musicality plays an important role, as the dancers work with intricate phrasing that challenges their ability to change timing and movement quality quickly. These quality and dynamic changes combined with the dancers use of weight, remains the central aim of her style. Through this fusion of fluidity and groundedness, the dancers are encouraged to take risks, testing physical and spacial boundaries. Rhythmical combinations are explored as are more lyrical adage-like phrases. Floorwork is also a central element in the class.

The movement themes are expanded upon as the class progresses into moving sequences. Emphazied is the ability to travel in the space and let go of conventional modern forms while still applying technique. Students are encouraged to concentrate on their unique qualities in order to develop their own personal style of moving. The skill to pick up material quickly is also a class objective, as is practicing performing the choreography in the studio.

Guest teachers  Classical Training for Dancers

07.12. - 13.12.2015  Chandana M. Hörmann

Guest teachers  Contemporary Training for Dancers

23.11. - 27.11.2015  Julio Cesar Iglesias Ungo
28.11. & 29.11.2015  Sonia Rodriguez

30.11. - 04.12.2015  Stella Zannou
05.12. & 06.12.2015  Salvatore Siciliano

07.12. - 11.12.2015  Stella Zannou
12.12. & 13.12.2015  Salvatore Siciliano

14.12. - 18.12.2015  Heidi Weiss

19.12. - 26.12.2015 Christmas break

27.12. - 30.12.2015  Noam Eidelman
02.01. & 03.01.2016  Elik Niv

04.01. - 08.01. 2016  Michael Löhr
09.01. & 10.01.2016  Elik Niv

11.01. - 15.01.2016  Michael Löhr
16.01. & 17.01.2016  Adonis Vais

18.01. - 22.01.2016  Elena Lin
23.01. & 24.01.2016  Maayan Danoch

25.01. - 29.01.2016  Elena Lin
30.01. & 31.01.2016  Maayan Danoch

01.02. - 05.02.2016  Jennifer Mann
06.02. & 07.02.2016  Florian Bilbao

08.02. - 12.02.2016  Romain Guion
13.02. & 14.02.2016  Florian Bilbao

15.02. - 19.02.2016  Sonia Rodriguez
20.02. & 21.02.2016  Blenard Azizaj

22.02. - 26.02.2016  Maya Matilde Carroll
27.02. & 28.02.2016  Blenard Azizaj