DANCE AS A PROFESSION I + II
Lars Anderstam was born in 1965 in Sweden and was trained as a professional dancer at The Royal Swedish Ballet School. He gained his teachers diploma and advanced choreographic studies at the National College of Dance and studies of Dance Science at the University of Stockholm. His career as a dancer in various European dance companies with famous choreographers and different styles early shaped his interest to operate within dance training and education. His credits as an artistic director include the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the position as Dean of the National College of Ballet and Dance in Oslo. In Norway he was actively involved in the development of national educational programs for dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. In Germany he held the position as rehearsal director and artistic assistant at tanzmainz. Since September 2016 Lars passionately engages as educational and artistic director at DANCEWORKS berlin with the aim to place students' personal development at the centre of the education, to develop and create modern stage personalities who are not only able to meet the technical and artistic challenges of todays modern and diverse landscape of dance, but who are capable to convey it.
Miguel Cartagena studied classical ballet at the Universidad de Chile and the ballet school of Santiage de Chile Opera House. In 1989, he won the Latin American Ballet Competition with his choreography „Para Berta“. In the course of his long carrier as ballet dancer, he danced with the Santiago de Chile Ballet under Marcia Haydee for a long time and as a soloist at the Theater of the City of Hildesheim in Germany. After that, he was performing in musicals and gained high reputation as choreographer and ballet master at different theaters in Germany, for example at the opera houses of Hannover and Halle, the theaters Heidelberg, Dortmund, Ulm, Flensburg and Oldenburg, and also at the reknown Tanzhaus NRW and Pretty Ugly Company in Cologne. In Berlin he worked as ballet master at the Friedrichstadtpalast and also taught Tango at the Universität der Künste before he joined the DANCEWORKS crew as classical ballet trainer.
Andrew Chadwick studied musical dance and acting at „Phil Winston’s Theatreworks“ in Blackpool, one of the most reknown schools in the north of England. When he was 18 he started performing in various Stage Entertainment musicals in Germany, many times as protagonist, for example as „Alfred“ in “Dance with Vampires” or as „Mungojerry“ in „Cats“. In China he gained durther international experience as soloist of the Shanghai Contemporary Dance Company where he also worked as part of the faculty staff. He holds a certificate as dance teacher of the „International Dance Teachers’ Association“ and has also been active as choreographer. From 2010 to 2015 he was faculty member and director of the musical department at „Phil Winston’s Theatreworks“. He is known for his energetic classes and now he will inspire our students within the TAB Dance as a Profession Show program in Berlin.
Esther D. Cowens went to a Performing Arts Highschool in San Francisco before she completed with honors her Modern Dance studies with subjects modern, ballet, jazz, choreography, acting, piano and singing from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. As a choreographer and dancer she worked amongst other things in Spain and Taiwan. She belonged to the opening cast of the Lion King musical in Hamburg and was working at the European Center for the Arts Hellerau in Dresden and Dock11 in Berlin. Since the end of the century she is living in Germany where she has taken lessons in vocal education with Jonathan Kinsler for ten years and teaches Graham and Horton technique in the cities of Berlin and Hamburg.
Raffaella Galdi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Berlin who has developped her own dance pedagogic method. She studied classical, modern and contemporary dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and the Ecole de Danse Rosella Highttower in Cannes, and also obtained a diploma in visual art/fine arts in Genoa. As a dancer she performed with various choreographers and formations such as laborgras, Cristoph Winkler and Info Reulecke. She was member of the Belgian company Thor (1997-1999), the Dutch Het Spui Theater Company (2000), the Berlin based Cie. Toula Limnaios (2002-2003) and Unit Control from Luxemburg (2003-2005). She is also founder and artistic director of InCorpo, a company with an open structure that operates in the field of Contemporary Dance in relation to art. In her choreographical work dance functions as a base which builds bridges to sound, text and plastic-visual art. At DANCEWORKS she teaches Contemporary.
Anna-Lise Hearn is a British-Norwegian choreographer and dance teacher/facilitator. She was trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance as well as music, singing and dramatic arts at the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme at The Place London and at London Studio Centre, where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from University of the Arts London, specializing in contemporary dance with Intoto Dance Company under the direction of Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips. During her time on the CAT scheme, she was fortunate to work with dancers from reputable companies such as Richard Alston Dance Company, Random Dance and Henri Oguike Dance Company. In 2013, she was the youngest choreographer to be programmed into Cloud Dance Festival. That year, she was also shortlisted for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award. Anna-Lise also is a graduate of The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators of East London Dance) and was on the shortlist for the 'Inspiring Choreographer Award'. Alongside her choreographic work, she aims to continue to grow and develop her teaching practice for a variety of ages.
Gregory Livingston studied contemporary dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York. His education enabled him insight to ballet, modern, dance composition and to dance in works from various choreographers finding his way of moving. Gregory’s career started in NYC with the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. He then went on to dance with the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong and Toladá in Berlin where he began teaching and creating his own work. He also danced in Roberto Galvan’s pioneering company from 1996-2001 in Stadttheater Giessen. Since 1994, he has been collaborating nationally and internationally with dance companies, theaters and educational institutions. He was a guest artist with the José Limón Dance Company performing in "Emperor Jones" and "Missa Brevis" in 2011 & 2012, and was teaching workshops for the Limon School and the New York Dance Festival which he founded. He was part of the core team of The Forsythe Company in the “KulturTagJahr” project, a collaboration with the Altana Kulturstiftung, other partners, artists and 100 students. He also worked with Stadttheater Bielefeld, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Leipziger Tanztheater and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.
Yuko Matsuyama is a freelance performing artist (vocal, dance, act) and Pilates teacher. She has been performing in various theater, dance theater, show and musical productions for over twenty years. She started her career at the Takarazuka Revue, the biggest Musical and Revue Theater in Japan. Since 2010 she is a residence artist at Haus Schwarzenberg (Berlin), has been organizing dance performances and concerts at the bar Eschschloraque as well as at the gallery neurotitan. In 2011 Yuko started organizing the performance series “Movement&Sound Improvisation”- Kuenstlerkollektiv Berlin. As a sound performer she worked with Tomi Paasonen, Mercedes Appugliese & FlorianBilbao (A+B Tanzbau), Cristina Elias, and César Meneghetti. Besides her work on stage, she enjoys singing Hawaiian music with Hula Hut & the Seven Seas and loves sharing her knowledge as Pilates trainer at DANCEWORKS.
Gian Marco Meier comes from Berlin, has been dancing hip hop half his life and is also familiar with other styles such as Dancehall and Commercial Dance besides Contemporary. In 2011 he won the Berlin Streetdance Competition and participated in Jazz Modern Dance competitions in national league in 2014. This year he will finish his studies in Contemporary Dance at DANCEWORKS berlin. As a teacher his aim is to equip his Dance as Profession (TAB) students with a strong basis for a variety of urban styles and to provide them with a certain sensibility for them as, well as the differences in musicality.
Originally from South Tirol in Italy, Marion Sparber is a professional dancer/instructor based in Berlin. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Costa Rica, Germany (DOCK 11, Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Marameo, Tanzfabrik Berlin), Italy, Russia (Academy Dancer Russia) and Spain (Varium). As a dancer she collaborated with choreographers and companies such as Stella Zannou, Sonia Rodríguez, Eldon Pulak and as a guest dancer of wee dance company. Wit her solo work "The ripe and ruin" she travelled to Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and also performed it in Germany. She founded the KpiqA Collective and teaches Contemporary at DANCEWORKS.