photo by Pippa Samaya, dancer Niharika Senapati


24 JUL – 3 AUG  2021 organised in collaboration with Countertechnique

With several EU restrictions on international travel soon to be eased, this July we’re able to once again host the OBOC in the spacious studios of our partner Henny Jurriëns Studio (HJS) in Amsterdam from 24 July – 3 August! Working for ten full days with Countertechnique Founder and former Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Master Countertechnique Teacher Nina Wollny, Senior Countertechnique Teachers Jenia Kasatkina and Elita Cannata, Countertechnique Teacher Lauren Langlois and Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch, the OBOC offers a wealth of information and lots of lush dancing, to both first time and returning participants.

The OBOC Intensive is for professional dancers and advanced dance students interested in pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in dance. First time participants will gain a detailed introduction to the distinct elements and methodology that form Countertechnique, while returning participants will have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding. Through physical practice, theory, discourse and creative workshops, participants will gain a set of practical tools that they will be able to draw from and apply in their daily dance practice and through performance seasons.

The 2021 OBOC Intensive in Amsterdam will run for ten full days. Daily Countertechnique classes and Practical Tools sessions will be run by Countertechnique Founder Anouk van Dijk, and either Master Teacher Nina Wollny or Senior Teacher Jenia Kasatkina. In addition to this, Countertechnique Teacher Lauren Langlois will offer insights in Anouk van Dijk’s extensive choreographic repertoire for Chunky Move, Countertechnique Teacher Elita Cannata will run additional Countertechnique classes to her infamous techno beats, and Alexander Technique teacher Tom Koch will introduce his specific approach of Alexander Technique for dancers, in both plenary and individual sessions. As main elective workshops, Anouk van Dijk will invite you into her creative process, and Nina Wollny will share her fascination for the paradox of performing. The OBOC will conclude with a sharing of the various workshops.

OBOC Amsterdam takes place in an intimate setting at the spacious Chassé Dance Studios, and only offers spots up to 48 participants. Previous editions have drawn a mix of participants from all around the world. The OBOC is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in Countertechnique, and also an amazing event to meet other dancers, teachers and choreographers who are interested in pursuing long, creative careers and who love dancing!


Sat 24 July – Tue 3 August 2021 (day off: Thu 29 Jul)
All days: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Applicants must be able to attend the entire period


The full cost for the intensive is 975 EUR. A one-time Application Fee of 10 EUR (reduced 2021 rate) is required for all applicants. 

Applications close on Thursday 3 June 2021 at midnight. Applicants will be notified by Sunday 13 June 2021.


Due to the limited number of places, we ask you to submit a personal motivation statement and CV for consideration in PDF format, together not exceeding two pages. An additional online dancer’s reel is required, which should include footage shot in a studio (improvisation or choreography). Applications are considered based on motivation and entrance level.

Find the registration form here: Apply Now
For any additional questions, please consult our FAQ page


The OBOC will be held at the Chassé Studios in Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam-East. We will be using three spacious studios, measuring 24 m x 18 m, 27.5 m x 11 m, and 8 x 10 m (for Alexander Technique only). All participants are responsible for arranging their own housing, but options to explore will be provided by the organisation.


Due to limited organisational resources, we will be unable to answer all of your questions individually. For that reason, we’ve compiled an extensive FAQ page, with all the questions we thought you might have. This page will also provide you with all relevant conditions applicable to the program. All participants are expected to have read the information on this page prior to applying. Find the FAQ page here.