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Anouk van Dijk

About Anouk

Anouk van Dijk is choreographer, dancer, and artistic director. She has been teaching dance since 1989 and is the creator of Countertechnique. She has trained all twenty-seven other Countertechnique teachers who are currently teaching worldwide.

After having graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1985, Anouk spent ten years as a lead soloist for Rotterdam Dance Company and Amanda Miller’s Pretty Ugly Dance Company. She was attracted to choreography from early in her career and from 1996 committed herself exclusively to creating her own work. Anouk ran her own dance company anoukvandijk dc from 1998 to 2012 in Amsterdam, and is currently Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Melbourne.

Anouk van Dijk developed Countertechnique throughout her career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last fifteen years, the knowledge and experience she gained – in constant dialogue with her dancers – was gradually transformed into a detailed theoretical system and a teaching method, which now forms Countertechnique. Together with Gerald Siegmund, she described the theoretical principles and practical application of the technique in the publication Dance Techniques 2010.

Class with Anouk

I love to see dancers develop their potential to the full, and to share my experience with Countertechnique with dancers all over the world, is an ongoing inspiration for me. I know how strenuous the daily dance practice is, but the tools of Countertechnique can help it become less exhausting, more effective, and more enjoyable. I would like every dancer to establish a quality of movement that is so sincere that both the dancer and the viewer experience it as if it was created on that moment and can never be repeated like that anymore – the dancer in dialogue with his body, the space, his audience, fellow dancers. To discover how to access movement before it becomes dance, is crucial for every dancer. It is the most profound thing I have learnt from all the great and passionate teachers and fellow dancers I encountered, and who never stopped discovering. Without the availability to movement, there is no true dance. Teaching dance educates me over and over again how to dance myself, by learning through the eyes of others. Every day allows me to see dancing from a new perspective. And still, after 30 years of dancing it never gets boring!