Spring Countertechnique Intensive 2020

with Charles Slender-White

This workshop is geared towards professional level dancers and dance teachers age 18+

We cannot wait to welcome Charlie back for the 4th year of Countertechnique in Vancouver!!


Over five days, dancers will be offered a comprehensive introduction to Countertechnique. Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique is a contemporary dance technique that integrates intellectual intention with physical activity, strengthens and stretches the body, and enables dancers to move bigger, more fluidly, and more spatially.

​In addition to daily Countertechnique classes, the workshop will include discussions about and physical investigations of the Countertechnique Toolbox, Horizontal Falling, Basic Anatomy, Countertechnique in Choreography, Countertechnique in Improvisation, and The Cube (derived from the 9-point technique as developed by Anouk van Dijk, Amanda Miller, and William Forsythe). Each of these sessions will help dancers deepen their Countertechnique practice while facilitating the application of Countertechnique to other dance forms and modalities.

Most of the day will be spent dancing and learning through do-ing. There will also be some discussion sessions throughout the week to deepen the understanding of Countertechnique principles. 

Each day will include a lunch break of approximately 45 minutes. 

Charles Slender-White is the Founding and Artistic Director of FACT/SF. He began his career in 2006 when he joined Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Since then, he has performed, made choreography, and taught across North America, Europe, Russia, and in Hong Kong and Australia. Charles’ work has been commissioned by the US Department of State, CounterPulse, Acid Rain (Chelyabinsk), Dialogue Dance (Kostroma), and others. He has been a Countertechnique practitioner for 12 years, and is one of 32 Countertechnique Teachers worldwide. Charles spent 2012 in mentorship with Elizabeth Streb as part of CHIME Across Borders, and graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in English Literature and Dance & Performance Studies.

More about Charles and his work: www.factsf.org

More about Countertechnique: www.countertechnique.com

Spring Countertechnique Intensive

March 22 - 26, 2020

11am - 6pm

* schedule may vary slightly each day but this is the typical timeline

Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie St Vancouver BC

$400 CAD - after January 1, 2020


Extended Advanced Workshop

March 27, 2020

12 - 4pm

* this optional additional workshop is for dancers with significant experience with Countertechnique - minimum 2 previous workshops attended (in any city, with any teacher)

Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie St  Vancouver, BC


$70 CAD

* If spaces remain we will open the first half of the day for drop-ins. 
* No refunds less than 2 weeks before workshop start date.