Kelly Hirina is  a citizen of both the U.S.A. and the Netherlands, Kelly currently resides in Amsterdam. She was introduced to Countertechnique in the early 2000s and became certified in 2020. It excites her that her research and the practice of Countertechnique align in various ways and she enjoys the resurgence of the technique in her professional life.

Class info:

Countertechnique, developed by Anouk van Dijk, 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 enables dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. 

By continuously and sequentially directing parts of the body away from each other in space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance. In Countertechnique classes, dancers are introduced step-by-step to the va­rious tools – making sure, however, that the priority always lies with experiencing and enjoying the difference in moving, rather than first having to understand the tools intellectually.