Heidi Vierthaler

Class description:

With a history deeply rooted in the tradition of George Balanchine, Heidi’s approach to ballet has evolved throughout her many years as a professional dancer and teacher. Having experienced an ever expanding dance scene, she was highly influenced by William Forsythe, with whom she worked over a 4 year period. Forsythe reimagined the classical vocabulary, adding an entirely new dimension of risk, and examining classical ballet from every angle.

Alongside her dance career, Heidi has been a certified instructor of the Gyrotonic method since 1998. Developed by Julio Horvath, The Gyrotonic Method is a unique movement method that addresses the entire person, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and improving strength and movement efficiency. The joints move through natural range of motion while simultaneously incorporating more strength and flexibility. So together with an anatomically correct approach, there are many elements that have influenced the structure and language used to explain repetitive ballet exercises.

With the demands of todays dance climate, this approach to teaching ballet seems to be more accessible to contemporary dancers of all levels, from beginner to professional, to the life long learner, or just anyone interested in gaining more body awareness. Bridging to other techniques comes more naturally through added awareness and intelligence of the body.