About the Workshop Countertechnique Toolbox

In this workshop you will get the chance to learn more about the theoretical background of Countertechnique. You will get an introduction to the “Countertechnique toolbox”, which offers tools for body and mind to help the dancer to think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Every day we will start with the physical experience through a technique class and after will go more into the theoretical introduction of the toolbox. In this part of the workshop you will get to work with some of the tools more in depths by collecting more information and practical experience through games, exercises and improvisation.

Countertechnique encourages each dancer to take control of their own intellectual and physical development so they can eventually become their own teacher. In the workshop you get more time to process the information in different ways than just repeating the steps. At the same time the experience you gain from this workshop will help you to work more efficiently with the given information and the steps next time you take a Countertechnique class. 

Elita Cannata

Born in Italy, Elita is currently based in Amsterdam. She has studied Countertechnique since 2005 and performed with anoukvandijk dc in 2007 and 2008. She attended her first Countertechnique Teacher Training (CTTT) program in 2014 and, with the support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, returned to the CTTT in 2018 and progressed to the level Senior Teacher.

Elita Cannata graduated with a Bachelor of Dance in 2007 at Rotterdam Dance Academy / Codarts in the Netherlands and in 2011 got her MA in Theories of Performing Arts at the Università degli Studi in Bologna. During and after her graduation she danced with José Navas, Megumi Nakamura, anoukvandijk dc, Cathy Sharp Ensemble, Compagnia Tpo, Tan Temel, Samuele Cardini, Itzik Galili , Fabrizio Favale and David Middendorp among others. Next to her dance and teaching career, she also used to work for several dance companies in the Netherlands as a Rehearsal Director.

As a Countertechnique teacher she visits many Institutions and dance companies around Europe such as Nederlandse Dans Theater, Skanes Dansteater, Goteborgsdankompani and Dance Theater Heidelberg to name a few. Currently she is a returning teacher for the curriculum of Dance Academies like Artez and Expanded Contemporary Dance in the Netherlands.
Assisting Anouk van Dijk at the Countertechnique Teacher Training of 2021 & 2022, she will also be teaching at OBOC 2022. 


5 Days workshop

Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 

13:00 – 15:00

Price:    € 155,-

*Elita will teach an open Countertechnique class in the morning from 11:15 – 12:45, which is not included in this workshop, though we advise and expect you to take her class too, as then the workshop Practical Tools will be even more beneficial.

Register HERE;  you can upload your  BIO and Dancevideo in this form and is required.

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