Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique® provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action.
Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique® class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique® allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle are trained throughout the Countertechnique® class.
We’ll begin this workshop with a Countertechnique class that utilizes some of the principles and tools of the practice. Participants will then be introduced to the Countertechnique Toolbox in greater detail and will explore how it is utilized to activate the body/mind in dynamic ways.
Rosanna Tavarez has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels, Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows, as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC. She was selected to attend the Countertechnique Teacher Training program in 2016, and is now one of seven certified American Countertechnique Teachers. She is on faculty at Studio School and CalState LA, has taught throughout the US. Most recently, she had the pleasure of teaching Countertechnique and Group Improvisation for Performance at the American Dance Festival. Her work has been presented by REDCAT, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Highways Performance Space, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, LA Dance Festival and Sarasota Contemporary Dance and supported by ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency and Show Box LA.