Winter Warming Countertechnique Workshop with Anouk van Dijk

Jan 16, 2023, 10:00 am4:00 pm EST



January 16 – 19, 2023
10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Daily drop-in option:
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Price: $25 per session

Countertechnique Founder Anouk van Dijk returns to New York! This four-day workshop offers fresh fuel for the year ahead. How to add longevity to your dance career? How to keep things interesting for yourself? Our ever-changing bodies need different care and stimulant every single day, and in this workshop, we look at how to maintain a positive work ethic and be open to others, even when circumstances are not in our favor.

Winter Warming will start with a 2hr Countertechnique class, followed by a 1hr Practical Tools session, which will introduce different tools each day, to (CUT: support and) deepen the Countertechnique practice. After lunch, we will bring Countertechnique Tools into creation and performance, and explore how specific tools and tasks can support and inspire us beyond the class format. Departing from some of Anouk’s choreographic working methods, we will build strategies for the eb and flow of the creation process, performance seasons and touring. How to remain open and inspired in a sustainable way, so we can continue dancing full-heartedly?

The Countertechnique class and Practical Tools session are all about enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming more aware of their surroundings. The creative workshop segment will be aimed at dance artists who want to work creatively and continue dancing to the fullest. Be prepared to work quickly, think creatively, and perform at a high physical level.

  • This workshop is designed for professional and advanced dancers, and high-level college students.
  • Participants are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Maximum participants: 35

Countertechnique 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. The Practical Tools Sessions offer more in depth and personalized information on how to implement the tools from Countertechnique in class, rehearsal and performance.


Anouk van Dijk (NL) is the founding Artistic Director of Countertechnique. She has been the Artistic Director of Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move from 2012 – 2019. Before moving to Australia in 2012, Anouk van Dijk had an extensive career as a choreographer and dancer in Europe. Starting her career as a dancer in the late 80’s, Van Dijk formed her own dance company in 1998 in Amsterdam, producing twenty full-length works that toured the globe. In 2012 Van Dijk was awarded the Golden Swan (Gouden Zwaan) – the Netherlands’ most prestigious dance accolade – in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic contribution to dance in her home country. Since arriving in Australia in 2012, Anouk van Dijk has created eleven further full evening works for Chunky Move, which have toured internationally extensively. Anouk van Dijk has collaborated across disciplines, with renowned artists such as Falk Richter (Germany), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Theun Mosk (the Netherlands), Marg Horwell (Australia) and Ian Strange (US/Australia). Anouk works currently internationally as a free-lance choreographer, director and educator, and has created works for amongst others Germany’s renowned theatre the Münchner Kammerspiele, Staatsballett Berlin and Skanes Dansteater/Malmö Opera (Sweden).


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