Yuri Shimaoka

Ballet for Dancers

01.07. – 05.07.2024, 10:00–11:30
06.07. + 07.07.2024, 11:00–12:30

Training for Dancers


Yuri Shimaoka is a dance artist from Nagano, Japan. She has trained in dance drawing from different sources, from ballet school to studying Japanese martial arts Budo from master Akira Hino, to visiting The Forsythe Company and assisting Yoko Ando, former dancer in the company.
Since the beginning of 2015 she has been based in Berlin and has been collaborating with various artists in screen, virtual reality, installation and dance. She has worked with Yoko Ando and YCAM InterLab, Matteo Marziano Graziano, Ersan Mondtag, Jeremy Shaw, Okwui Okpokwasilli (10th Berlin Biennale), Christine Bonnansea, IASA (Pedra Costa, Göksu Knak, Nobert Pape, Elena Polzer), Moritz Majce and among others. As a guest teacher, she has been giving ballet classes with a somatic approach in Marameo Berlin, Tanzfaktur Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, DART and among other places.
She is also a Peak Pilates certified Pilates trainer, Shiatsu practitioner and in training of Family Constellation. For individual session, please contact: yuri.shimaoka(at)protonmail.com

Class Description

The class aims to amplify the sense of listening to our inner and outer space of the body by using the structure of ballet class. 
Combinations are shaped by the frame of classical ballet training with the help of basic Newtonian physics, Budo (Japanese martial arts), endocrine system, TCM and relationship in between. Occasionally Britney Spears or techno beats appear to boost your vibration, to acknowledge inscribed memories in the body and to remind the joy of dancing. Recommended for both ballet and contemporary dancers.

Photo: Oliver Holfeld