Teacher and Musician Seminar

Nordic Ballet School Network Seminar 2019

Welcome to Nordic Teacher and Musician Seminar!

 

We welcome all teachers, musicians and professional dancers to the 2019 edition of the Nordic Seminar in Gothenburg, August 12-16, 2019. The event is a continuation of the well-established cooperation between the Nordic Ballet Schools and the successful seminars from the previous years.

Last year we decided to develop and extend the teacher and musician seminars. So, this year we will have the opportunity to learn, discuss, explore and feel a lot of different aspect of teaching dance to the next generations of professional dancers.

The Nordic Teacher and Musician Seminar will start on Monday afternoon August 12th and end on Friday afternoon August 16th. During the days there will be possible to watch our guest teachers teach our students or take a nice trip in the city on Gothenburg. There will be possible to borrow a conference room at the hotel if you need to have any meetings with your colleagues of your school during the week.

For information about the Student Seminar, click here.

We are looking forward to see you all in Gothenburg in August!

 

Best regards,

Sebastian Michanek
Artistic Director, Swedish National Ballet School

Practical information

Seminar dates for Teachers and Musicians

Monday August 12th
Arrival day (first teacher/musician seminar starts at 14.30)

Friday August 16th
Departure day (last teacher/musician seminar finishes at 16.30)

It’s possible to stay until Saturday August 17th and watch the show with the students, note at the registration.

We will have 3 seminars for Ballet Teachers divided in 7 sessions. We will have 2 seminars for Ballet Pianists divided in 7 sessions. And we will have 4 seminars for Contemporary teachers, musicians and professional dancers divided in 5 sessions.

The seminars are open for anyone interested. We only take a symbolic fee of 2000 sek to attend any seminars/workshops during the week. For teachers and musicinas from any of the networking schools (National Finnish Opera Ballet School in Helsinki, Norwegian National Ballet School in Oslo, Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and Swedish National Ballet School in Gothenburg) the attendance in the seminar and workshops are free of charge.  

Cost for accommodation, meals, busses and activities

To make the seminar more affordable for both students and teachers we have also booked rooms for all guesting teachers/musicians/staff from our sister school at the same hotel where the students and seminar teachers will stay. We believe this will make it easier for all guests and create more informal ways to meet with each other outside the seminars.

The total cost will be 4500 sek (450 EUR) incl. tax for each person.

The cost includes a standard single qeeen bedroom (4 nights), hotel breakfast, lunch, local bus tickets and coffee, snacks and fruits ad libitum at the school as well as a BBQ buffet at the seminar party and entrance with a meal at Liseberg – Gothenburg amusement park. If you would like to stay until sturdy to watch the show with the student the cost is additional 1000 SEK (100 EUR) for hotel and meals.

We will send local bus tickets in advance so everyone easy can take the local bus straight to the hotel or to the school. We will avoid mixing teachers/musicians and students on the same floor.

We hope this will make it easier and more affordable for the schools to send their teachers, musicians and other staff to be a part of the seminar.

We will stay at Scandic Hotel Backadal only 3 min walk from our school

Application

Each school need to submit their list of participation no later than April 12th, 2019. Payment of the costs for teachers/musicians is done as one collective payment from each school, not later than May 10th. The Swedish National Ballet School will host the teacher and musician seminars and will send an invoice of the amount corresponding to the numbers of participants. Please include your invoice address with the submission of the list of the participants.

For teachers/musicians (not students) it’s possible to cancel their stay and get a refund. The hotel gives 100% refund 65 days before the stay, and 50% refund 35 days before. And of-course it’s no problem to give the room to someone else.

Contact and more information

 If you haver any questions or more information you can contact our seminar producer Karin Larsson.

 

Karin Larsson, Producer, Swedish National Ballet School
karin.larsson@grundskola.goteborg.se
+46 31-367 33 82

 

Nordic Seminar 2018 hosted by the Norwegian National Ballet School in Oslo

Seminars for Ballet Teachers

Ballet Seminar 1: Teaching ballet with music

Kim Helweg, Pianist and composer. Responsible for the Musical Accompaniment to Dance Program at The Danish National School of performing arts and head pianist of the Royal Danish Ballet

Fatima de Cerqueira, Ballet teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet School and a former dancer of Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes in Brazil and Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Portugal (Odense, Denmark)

This seminar focuses on the optimal utilization of the available resources that are present in the ballet class. Through a fruitful collaboration between pianist and teacher, the ballet class can not only be a training of ballet techniques but also a musical learning process. The collaboration is illustrated through concrete experiments with music and steps and the educational opportunities are illuminated and evaluated. The seminar will be held for both ballet teachers and ballet pianists.

Divided in 2 sessions, Tuesday August 13th and Thursday August 15th.

Ballet Seminar 2: Communication as the base authentic artistic progress for young students of today

Carina Bomers, Ballet teacher at Canada’s National Ballet School and a fellow of and examiner for the Cecchetti Branch of the ISTD (Toronto, Canada)

In these seminars we will discuss and explore tools for both teachers and students to develop a solid base for authentic artistic progress. How curiosity and honest self-recognition are essential to begin a nuanced approach to making art. Through using our senses, we can challenge how one sees to make better visual images and what you feel when practicing for physical dynamics. The theme is to inspire and raise the base of personal understanding for students and evolve tools and communication methods, teacher to students and students to audience.

Divided in 2 sessions, Tuesday August 13th and Thursday August 15th

Ballet Seminar 3: Exploring ABT’s National Training Curriculum

Raymond Lukens, American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum (New York, USA)

Franco De Vita, American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT JKO School (New York, USA)

Learn American Ballet Theatre’s approach to ballet training from the authors of ABT’s National Training Curriculum, Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. The ABT NTC is a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

Divided in 3 sessions, Monday August 12th, Wednesday August 15th, and Friday August 17th

Seminars for Ballet Pianists

Pianist Seminar 1: Teaching ballet with music

Kim Helweg, Pianist and composer. Responsible for the Musical Accompaniment to Dance Program at The Danish National School of performing arts and head pianist of the Royal Danish Ballet

Fatima de Cerqueira, Ballet teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet School and a former dancer of Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes in Brazil and Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Portugal (Odense, Denmark)

This seminar focuses on the optimal utilization of the available resources that are present in the ballet class. Through a fruitful collaboration between pianist and teacher, the ballet class can not only be a training of ballet techniques but also a musical learning process. The collaboration is illustrated through concrete experiments with music and steps and the educational opportunities are illuminated and evaluated. The seminar will be held for both ballet teachers and ballet pianists.

Divided in 2 sessions, Tuesday August 13th and Thursday August 15th

Pianist Seminar 2: Explore and extend our approach of the musical work of ballet

Kim Helweg, Pianist and composer. Responsible for the Musical Accompaniment to Dance Program at The Danish National School of performing arts and head pianist of the Royal Danish Ballet

This seminar takes its point in the pianist’s relationship with the repertoire used in a ballet class. Through a combined artistic and pedagogical approach, the relationship between the quality of music and its value to the dance exercises will be discussed. We will work with improvisation, arrangement and composition and with the aspect of ”interplay” or ”interaction” in the relationship between dance and music. The goal is to achieve the greatest possible coherence between the artistic and educational approach to the musical work at the ballet schools.

Divided in 5 sessions, Monday August 12th, Tuesday August 13th, Wednesday August 15th, Thursday August 16th and Friday August 17th

Seminars for Contemporary teachers, musicians and dancers

Contemporary Seminar 1: Explore and experience the Stream-Flow Method

Heidi Vierthaler, Choreographer and guest teacher of contemporary dance and the founder of the Stream-Flow Method

Heidi gives a the stream-flow method contemporary class for teachers to join. The stream-flow method has been recognized as an effective somatic movement method that focuses on developing the individual. It has been featured in a recent publication for the dance practices amongst dance institutions throughout Europe.

Monday August 12th

Contemporary Seminar 2: Explore and experience Gaga/people

To be announced, Certified Gaga Teacher and dancer of the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)

A gaga/people class for teachers, musicians and guesting staff where the teacher guides the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand.

Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere

Tuesday August 12th and Thursday 15th

Contemporary Seminar 3: Workshop about music and dance in collaboration

Heidi Vierthaler, Choreographer and guest teacher of contemporary dance and the founder of the Stream-Flow Method

In the music and dance collaboration workshop we will explore music as a conversation with movement. How much space do you allow in the musical composition to give freedom to playing with timings and rhythms? When do we allow both elements to speak together and when do we just listen. How can we play with phrasings and timings of movement, to keep the viewer interested and surprised.

Wednesday August 14th

Contemporary Seminar 4: Workshop about exploring the contemporary influences of today

To be announced later, Name of the Seminar Teacher will be announced later

Workshop about exploring the contemporary influences of today and about the process of creation contemporary dance. Additional information will be added soon.

Friday August 16th

Seminar Teachers

Raymond Lukens

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum (New York, USA)

Raymond Lukens was trained in New York City and had an international career as a ballet dancer; he co-authored the ABT National Training Curriculum and created the syllabi for the ABT/ NYU MA Program. He was a faculty member of the ABT JKO School.

Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens directed The Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy, was Ballet Master for Boston Ballet and Director of BB II. He has taught for ABT, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem; he has judged for international dance competitions, translated into Italian Joan Lawson’s book, Ballet Class, and has written several articles.

Mr. Lukens has also choreographed in the U.S.A. and abroad, including: two televised UNICEF galas, for The Intermezzo Ballet Company, for BB II and for ABT’s Opening Night Galas at the Metropolitan Opera House seasons featuring the ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School dancers. Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Franco De Vita

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT JKO School (New York, USA)

Franco De Vita received his dance training at the Conservatoire Royal de Charleroi, Belgium. He co-authored of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School.

He has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Hartford Ballet. Mr. De Vita co-directed the Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy and is a renowned authority on the Cecchetti Method. As a performer, Mr. De Vita performed principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie.

Franco has judged for international dance competitions, including the Prix de Lausanne and YAGP. Under Mr. De Vita’s leadership the ABT JKO School became a Partner School of the Prix de Lausanne. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Teacher Magazine.

Carina Bomers

Ballet teacher at Canada’s National Ballet School and a fellow of and examiner for the Cecchetti Branch of the ISTD (Toronto, Canada)

A graduate of the Professional Ballet/Academic Program at NBS, Carina Bomers went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Ballet Y’s. Over the course of her performance career, she has toured across Canada, Europe and the United States, working with numerous astounding dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Veronica Tennant, Karen Kain, Erik Bruhn and Celia Franca.

Carina Bomers returned to NBS for the Teacher Training Program in 1980, and then taught dance at the George Brown College School of Dance where she was also Artistic Director for the Youth Ensemble. Bomers has been on staff at NBS since 1983, teaching ballet and creative dance, and is presently the coordinator of the Dancers’ Clinic, helping dancers to refine strategies to prevent and overcome injuries.

She is also involved in outreach classes, both in Canada and abroad, and she has been a guest teacher at several professional ballet schools including the National Ballet Academy of Amsterdam and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, Spain. Carina is a Fellow of and examiner for the Cecchetti Branch of the ISTD.

Kim Helweg

Pianist and composer. Responsible for the Musical Accompaniment to Dance Program at The Danish National School of performing arts and head pianist of the Royal Danish Ballet

Kim Helweg has studied musicology at the University of Copenhagen and has taught as well as given lectures and workshops since 1977. He had his professional debut as a composer in 1974 and has since written music in different genres and has been commissioned works from most of Europe as well as US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and China.Kim has written music for more than 50 dance performances, one opera, (Stalingrad) and an international award-winning musical (The Kreutzer Sonata).

In addition, Kim has composed music for a wide range of scenic experiments and a lot of works for orchestras, chamber ensembles and not at least for two pianos. His collaboration with the dance has resulted in a long list of experimental works which investigate the relationship between music and dance in the newer choreographic practice as well as in the neo classical ballet.

Furthermore, he has developed the discipline of Choreomusical Practice by thoroughly renewing the music in classical ballet training, as well as introducing conceptual musical compositional thinking in contemporary dance training programs. He has also created and strengthened a wide-ranging international collaboration in this field. The MAD (Musical Accompaniment to Dance) programme, launched in 2008, is based on these ideas.

Fatima de Cerqueira

Ballet teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet School and a former dancer of Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes in Brazil and Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Portugal (Odense, Denmark)

Født og uddannet i Brasilien, dansens land. Efteruddannet i Paris ved Raymond Franchetti, Pariseroperaens direktør.

Ansat som danser i Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes i Brasilien, i Companhia Nacional de Bailado i Portugal og på Pantomimeteatret i København. Har arbejdet med de store koreografer, så som Hugo Dellavalle, Patrick Hurde, John Auld, Terry Westmoreland, Armando Jorge, Michael Corder, Georges Skibine, Rudi Van Dantzig m.fl., og dansede flere solopartier i balletterne Paquita, Raymonda, Svanesøen, Sylfiden, Romeo og Julia, Concerto Barroco, Ramifications, Carmina Burana. !

Har undervist ved alle betydningsfulde danseinstitutioner i Danmark og er i dag ansat ved Det Kgl. Teater Balletskolen Odense.

Heidi Vierthaler

Choreographer and guest teacher of contemporary dance and the founder of the Stream-Flow Method (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The stream-flow method has been recognized as an effective somatic movement method that focuses on developing the individual. It has been featured in a recent publication for the dance practices amongst dance institutions throughout Europe.

Heidi Viertaler har som dansare arbetat med några av de mest framstående danskompanier och koreografer i Europa och USA, bland annat the Forsythe Company, Ballet Frankfurt, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani och Pacific NorthWest Ballet. Heidi undervisar och skapar verk för danskompanier, festivaler och universitet runt om i världen.

Hon har samarbetat med bland andra The Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive, Carte Blanche, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Norrdans och Skånes Dansteater.

 

Gaga Teacher

Certified Gaga Teacher

Information coming…

 

Contemporary Teacher

Titel

Information coming…

 

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