ImPulsTanz Workshops 2016 © Karolina Miernik
ImPulsTanz Workshops 2016 © Karolina Miernik
ImPulsTanz Workshops 2016 © Karolina Miernik
ImPulsTanz Workshops 2016 © Karolina Miernik

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

Easier, more joyful, and more human

The ballet class re-evaluates and builds on classical technique, focusing on strengthening the dancer’s awareness of his or her own natural alignment. The class is divided into two parts: the barre and the centre. Exercises at the barre emphasise on isolating and releasing the joints in order to strengthen the dancer's centre and support proper body placement. Body placement becomes functional and fluid, rather than stiff and held, making movement easier and more natural.

The second half of the ballet class, conducted in the centre, continually challenges the dancer to use the placement and release discovered at the barre as a source of strength and individual dynamics. Training in the centre relies on shift of weight, motivation and flow of movement and momentum rather than on form to allow the dancer to move with a greater sense of freedom and expression. The dancer then gains a stronger sense of confidence to take space and go beyond technique.


Gyro Ballet

Gyrokinesis® is a safe and systematic learning process developed by Juliu Horvath. The Gyrokinesis method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement method, which has benefits similar to those found in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance.

The class begins on a chair with a series of fluid spinal motions and prepares the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. Class continues on the floor with exercises that expand on the spinal motions, gradually adding more complex sequences, incorporating more movements of the hips, shoulders, hands and feet.

The Ballet Class
The ballet class evaluates and re-evaluates the dancers body with the objective to strengthen the awareness of his or her own natural alignment and experience in the setting of a ballet class meaning Barre and Centre practice. The Barre emphasises isolating, releasing the joints, and using that articulation to strengthen the dancer's core awareness and deepen their understanding of where the movement is initiated in the body to support a more functional body placement while at the same time rethinking the basic systems needed in the ballet vocabulary. The Centre practice challenges the dancer to use the new found information while using the ballet vocabulary as a tool when being confronted with shift of weight, change of direction and moving the body through space.

Gyro + Ballet
This workshop is essentially a body exploratory workshop to see what changes in the dancers body from day to day. By beginning the class with Gyrokinesis the body/mind of the dancer have already changed, which allows different possibilities to happen. The aim of the workshop is no aim just to feel something different and allow the dancer to experience ballet in a new way. This workshop is directed to intermediate and to professionals because the participants in the class need some knowledge in ballet for it to be interesting.

Introduction to Ballet 1+2

Natural movement potentials

Introduction to Ballet is a class for people beginning ballet or for dancers that are interested in revisiting the basic principles of what ballet has to offer: placement and alignment; the folding, articulation and rotation of the joints, coordination, and the natural push and pull movements we use in our everyday lives.

The class itself is set up as a normal ballet class: we will start at the barre and work on the vocabulary in the centre. We will also start on the floor at times with a simple floor exercise to help find an understanding of the body before it comes to a standing position in order to assist all of the above. The idea is to use ballet as tool to enhance the awareness of a person’s own natural movement potentials and widening the perspectives about the body, while at the same time tasting the joy of Ballet.

In a continuation of the Introduction to Ballet 1, we remain close to the human body and how it naturally functions and moves in our everyday life. And this time, we go further with the ballet vocabulary. We would revisit the placement and alignment on the floor and go further into other exercises that will support the mechanics, which are the fundamental base of the ballet vocabulary.


Libby Farr studied at the School of American Ballet in New York and has been performing with several Ballets in the USA and Europe. She has been heading Die Etage in Berlin for four years. Libby has been ballet mistress of the company Pretty Ugly in Freiburg (Germany). For many years she has been dedicated to teach ballet and body awareness.
Libby Farr is now a regular guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S., SEAD and the London Contemporary School, Henny Jurriens Stichting, Texas Christian University, Tanz Fabrik, Balance Studio One, Copenhagen Dansens Hus and for Companies including Rosas, Ultima Vez, Charleroi Danses, Batsheva Dance Company, Pina Bausch Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj, Cristina de Châtel and Cullberg Ballet and is a regular guest teacher at ImPulsTanz Vienna a.o.

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