Training for Dancers
Born in France, Léonard Engel received his dance education at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Upon graduation, he received his first engagement with the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, before joining the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich under the direction of Ivan Liska, where he stayed for 8 years, reaching the rank of soloist. He then decided to turn towards a freelance artist career, and worked as a guest artist for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, choreographer Richard Siegal’s Ballet of Difference (Munich), experimental duo Billinger und Schulz (Frankfurt) and theater directors Gintersdorfer/Klaßen (Berlin). His repertory includes works from Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Richard Siegal, Aszure Barton, Russell Maliphant, John Neumeier, José Limón, John Cranko, Nacho Duato and many others.
The class puts an emphasis on movement an musicality. It plays on rhythms, changes of direction and speed, in order to keep mind and body alert.
The barre will focus on slowly preparing the body, with a special attention to the warm up of the hips and the feet. An intense work on the arms and ports de tête will warm up the back and the spine, while giving breath and lightness to the dance. The center adds a focus on travelling through space, making the movements bigger and fuller, engaging the entire body. The aim is the use of enjoyment and relaxation to reach a healthy technique and fluidity in movement.