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Anouk van Dijk -born in the Netherlands, Anouk is now based in Melbourne (Australia). She is choreographer, dancer and artistic director. She has been teaching dance since 1989 and is the creator of Countertechnique. She has trained all 31 other Countertechnique teachers.

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 from 2012 – 2019 she has been the Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading dance companies. Anouk currently works as a freelance-lance choreographer, director and educator. 

Anouk van Dijk developed Countertechnique throughout her career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last twenty 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.

“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!”