OPEN CLASSES FOR PROFESSIONAL DANCERS

Teaching is a fundamental part of Michael’s artistic identity, and his classes are highly influenced by his experience as a performer. Ever since starting his career as a freelancer in 2009 he has been teaching OPEN CLASSES for dancers with a wide range of backgrounds, giving him the opportunity to research and zoom in on what is essential in a daily practice. The result is a class based on Floorwork that is functional and challenging at the same time.

Stripped-down to core concepts like how to get our bodies ready, how to use energy efficiently or how to use our center and body weight to facilitate movement phrases, Michael’s class aims to provide the dancers with the tools to approach choreography without preoccupation and to let their dance break free. Preparing them to take risks and go wild without risking their health.

Photos by Julia and Emanuel Gat

Teaching History

DOCK 11, Berlin, Germany

K3, Hamburg, Germany

Marameo, Berlin, Germany

Munich DancePAT, München, Germany

Tanzfabrik Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

Tanzlabor 21, Frankfurt, Germany

Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, Frankfurt, Germany

ZAIK, Cologne, Germany

Upcoming dates

12th – 16th March 2018
Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

20th – 24th August 2018
Marameo, Berlin, Germany

01st – 05th October 2018
Marameo, Berlin, Germany

My class develops from plain and pure body-work / work-out exercises, through short floor- and standing combinations into more complex choreographic sequences. Some of the basic principles which are constantly worked with are: finding, strengthening and shifting the center, being on and off balance, resting and exploding into space, moving expansively and taking risks. The class is very physical, energetic and athletic but it also focuses on increasing the physical awareness in order to be able to work within a frame in which one can push his individual limits but keep the body safe.

It‘s an essential part of the class to discover and make full use of the logic that underlies every movement phrase. Based on that understanding I want to encourage the participants to take their own decisions, so they can find their own way of playing with quality, musicality and dynamics and strengthen their individual expression as a performer.

Michael Loehr
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weeks of OPEN CLASSES taught since 2009

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