05., 07., 09.10.20, 14:00–15:30
Training for Dancers
Mina Skenderija was born in Belgrade (Serbia), where she was trained at the State Conservatory of Dance and the John Cranko School in Stuttgart.
During her studies she participated in several national and international competitions, including the Prix de Lausanne, was awarded with a scholarship by Birgit Keil Foundation and was offered her first engagement with the Yugoslavian National Ballet in Belgrade. She has been a dancer of Stuttgart Ballet, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, the Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin and performed as a guest in the Aalto Ballett Theater Essen. Her repertory includes works by John Neumeier, Hans van Manen, Youri Vámos, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jochen Ulrich, Jan Linkens and Richard Werlock.
She received a Master of Arts in Dance Pedagogy with Jason Beechey at the Palucca-Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz in 2010 and has been appointed as professor of dance the same year.
Mina is a regular guest teacher of Theater Dortmund, Theater Hagen, Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, Seneca Intensiv Berlin, lecturer of the Deutsche Berufsverband für Tanzpädagogik, as well as a member of the jury at several international Dance Competitions.
The class is based on the Vaganova Technique of my own training and influenced by the different styles I got to know during my work with different choreographers or my studies of Pedagogy. I understand Classical Technique as an ongoing process in preparation of different upcoming choreographic styles and supported by the newest knowledge of sciences (e.g. Dance Medicine).
I believe in the importance of individual artists. The training focuses on the understanding of origin and dynamic of all elements, as well as high musicality as element of our artistic expression.