Although technical elements are found in this contemporary class, the basic aim is to make dancers aware of the weight and rhythm of movement as well as to dance without fear and hesitation by using their physicality and full energy. Trying to discover and develop a personal way of moving, I encourage personal expression and personal differences to exist, by using simple improvisation exercises. At the same time, this class is a very strengthening training, preparing dancers for the dance demands of our times. Influences are found from different dance techniques as well as from martial arts. Floor work is a very important part of the class and although acrobatics and hand stands are found, these are not the main goal of the class. The focus is on the safety of the body and flow of movement. In general, this class is most often considered to be a very joyful and challenging class attracting dancers who love the physicality of dancing.
Stella Zannou was born in Athens and has studied dance in London College of Dance, London Studio Centre, The American College of Greece and the Greek State School of Dance. She formed “Smack Dance Company” in Greece and currently is living in Berlin, working as a freelancer dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a choreographer she has created /presented work, among other places, for Vienna Opera house, Staatstheater Kassel, S.E.A.D. – “Bodji project”, “One small step festival”, Dock 11, Athens International Festival, Gnarl Festival, No ballet fest., Santorini Arts Festival, American College of Greece Arts Festival, etc. As a dancer she has worked amongst others with Johannes Wieland, Walter Bickmann, Maya Caroll-Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Xaris Mandafounis, Athina Vahla, Haris Andahopoulou, Yannis Antoniou, Ioanna Parali, etc. She is teaching dance in places such as Staatstheater Braunschweig/Kassel, S.E.A.D., cie Toula Limnaios, B12, Nachschub, Iwanson International Dance School, Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz - Köln, Proda – Oslo, Marameo, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hollins University, American College of Greece, etc.