Dance Teacher Training

Choreography with Young People
20 & 21 July 2024

This workshop, led by Petra Ried und Astrid Weger-Purkhart, is aimed at teachers (especially secondary school teachers) and those interested in creative school subjects such as dance, music, sport and theatre – all levels are welcome, no dance training is required. The focus is on the question of how to develop your own dance piece with a school class. Using contemporary dance techniques, movement games, improvisation, partner and group exercises, motifs are found and transformed into scenes based on themes, spaces and music suitable for young people, whereby their ideas are interwoven and put together into a choreography.

Dates: 20 & 21 July 2024, 12:15–14:30 & 17:45–20:00
Location: Arsenal C

Costs: 150 euro (130 euro reduced for students and VDLÖ members)
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  • Anatomically conscious and playful warm up
  • Attractive movement material for young dancers and students
  • Methodically structured series of exercises for basic dance technique
  • Partner and group games for movement improvisation
  • Using and varying tools for dance composition


Suitable for all teachers and those interested in creative school subjects and projects such as dance, music, movement/sport, theatre – especially for secondary school teachers. All levels and fields/disciplines are welcome, no previous experience in dance is required.


Petra Ried – Contemporary dance technique with young people
Petra Ried completed her ballet training at the Vienna Conservatory and studied movement and sports history as well as social studies. She has performed as a dancer and acrobat in various productions at home and abroad, including in Austria, Germany, Finland, Norway and Portugal. Her performances with the Vienna Chamber Opera in works such as The Magic FluteDon GiovanniThe Marriage of Figaro, Prince of Orlowski and the Raffael Concert Magic Flute are particularly noteworthy. At the same time, she began working as a course instructor in the fields of dance, fitness and health and choreographed for various institutions such as adult education centres, Novartis, the Austrian Teachers’ Association and schools at various educational levels in Austria (AHS, BHS, VS, elementary education). Ried is an active multiplier in the field of dance and acts as a regional consultant. She organises the Dance at School event in Vienna. In addition to her main training, she has additional qualifications and is trained in various areas of health, bodywork and dance, including classical Pilates, Hatha Yoga, certified Spiraldynamik® specialist at Intermediate level, IHP, Nordic Walking and Zumba Fitness. She was a lecturer and coordinator in the dance department at the Institute of Sports Science in Vienna and also teaches Physical Education, History and Social Studies in Vienna. Together with Astrid Weger-Purkhart, she runs the further education programme and the university course Dance in Schools.

Astrid Weger-Purkhart – Creative dance with young people
She completed a teacher training programme in art and movement/sport as well as a dissertation in sports science at the University of Salzburg. In 1992, she received her diploma in Dance Studies at the Laban Centre in London. During her studies, she established a specialisation in dance as a long form at the Musisches Gymnasium Salzburg. She shares her expertise through further training in areas such as Creative Dance, Laban Studies and Curriculum Dance, both at home and abroad. She has spoken at various events such as Tanz und Schule, DaCi, Tanzkunst in der Schule, Tanzimpulse Salzburg, Musikimpulse Salzburg, Pick Up courses at KUG Graz, Kinderuni Salzburg, Tanzhouse Festival, DOCH Uniarts Stockholm and the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung. She has performed her own dance and choreographic works in theatre, opera and dance productions. In 1999, she founded the STUDIO13 Centre for Movement in Salzburg, which she has directed ever since. In addition to her work as a dance teacher at the Musisches Gymnasium, she also works as a choreographic coach and dance lecturer at the Mozarteum University. Together with Petra Ried, she runs the advanced training programme and the university course Dance in Schools.