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Heidi Weiss

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Heidi Weiss teaches a dynamic Contemporary class which combines technical exercises with release, flowing sequences. Her training begins with basic yoga poses, focusing on breath and clarity. The warm- up continues with exercises that focus on creating length and volume in the body. Particular attention is given to center (core), pelvis and feet placement/ articulation, as well as freedom and flexibility of torso and the back. (curves, twists, spirals-) The use of weight remains a central aspect of her style. Through the fusion of fluidity and groundedness, students are encouraged to take risks, testing both physical and spacial boundaries.

Rhythmic combinations, adage phrases and floorwork are all elements in her class. These more moving exercises aim to challenge the students ability to change timing, directions, and movement quality quickly.
As the class progresses, movement themes are expanded into spacial combinations. Emphasized is the ability to travel in the space- letting go of conventional forms while still applying technique.
Other class objectives include developing personal style of moving, picking up material quickly and establishing an awarness of focus.
Her class is structured, moving, challenging and FUN!!

Heidi Weiss earned her B.F.A. in modern dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1992.Upon graduation she performed, choreographed and toured with Group Motion Company from 1992-95.As a Philadelphia young artist, Heidi received grants for her work in addition to freelancing with local artists such as Rennie Harris, Karen Bamonte and SCRAP performance group. In 1997 Heidi relocated to Germany.In 1998,she founded Zen in the Basement Company with Jennifer Mann and Sebastian Gäbel.The company has been creating and performing works for the last 12 years in Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden, as well as touring internationally.
Heidi has been teaching throughout Europe for many years in schools, companies and Universities.She has been the Contemporary teacher at Etage, Danceworks and HDK( Berlin).
Heidi was Professor for Contemporary Dance at Palucca Schule Dresden from 2004-2007.
Heidi was a guest artist in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University
(VCU) in Virginia/USA in the Fall of 2007. She has been a guest teacher at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria, and at the Duncan Conservatory in Prag. In September 2008, Heidi taught workshops at the Dublin fringe festival.
After a long break from performing, Heidi teamed up with creative partner Jennifer Mann, showing their latest creation in Philadelphia this past January. Currently Heidi is teaching at Balance 1, in additon to freelance teaching in festivals and schools in Germany and abroad.