Photo: Alexander TijinGwan Hess

Photo: Alexander TijinGwan Hess

Heidi Weiss

When? w/c 25 March, Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Heidi Weiss teaches a structured contemporary technique class (*weissmann) which has strong roots in modern dance. The class combines strengthening elements with release based exercises that emphasise breath and flow. The training begins with a focus on the center through basic yoga poses and continues with moving technical exercises (plies, foot work, floor work, curves /swings) which allow the body to open, creating length and volume. The class progresses from center to across the floor, followed by a longer combination and/ or jumps. Aside from developing an understanding of the weissmann style and building upon ones technical skills, the main goal of the class is to discover the intention behind the movement. Dancers are encouraged to move with authenticity, curiousity and passion!

Heidi Weiss received her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts in 1992. She has choreographed and performed with Group Motion and co-founded Zen in theBasement Co with Jennifer Mann. Together they also developed the weissmann technique*, which Heidi continues to teach in workshops and Universities. Heidi has been a guest artist in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University (US), Duncan Conservatory (CZ), The Place (UK), SEAD (AT), Folkwang University (DE), the Danceworx (IN) and guest Professor at K´arts (KR). She is a faculty member of The University of South Florida and was a Professor at Palucca Schule Dresden from 2004-07. Heidi is a regular teacher at Marameo Berlin, NRW in Düsseldorf and K3 in Hamburg and for the Berlin Company cie.toula limnaios. Sandrine Monin