Kirsi Austin


Besides running my own school in Finland, I taught ballet at HelsinginTanssiopisto and various schools and organizations around Finland. At the moment I teach at the Performing Arts School and at Dansforum in Göteborg.

I have studied in London at the West Street School in Covent Garden in a three-year dance program. I found quite early on that passing forward what I had learned from my mentors is close to my heart. Because of that, I have been teaching classical ballet in all levels ever since I returned from London in 1992.

I have kept my knowledge up to date in Classical Ballet, floor barre and Pilates with several intensive courses around Finland and Europé.


The focus in my ballet classes is to find an economical way of working without forcing the technique. I believe classical ballet is for everyone. I have always found it fascinating to work with different body types and how, not only professional dancers but everyday bodies can find the grace of traditional classical ballet moves. I love choreographing and spicing up the combinations with little details, so that already at the barre one can get the joy of movement while working with the basic technique.