Dagmar Spain

Ballet for Dancers

20.05., 22.05., 24.05.19, 14:00–15:30

Training for Dancers


Dagmar Spain, born in the Czech Republic, received her early dance training in ballet at the college for Music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt (BFA). An early knee accident cut her life as a ballet dancer in works like Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake at the Städtischen Bühnen, Frankfurt under Egon Madson, short. Afterwards, she worked in Germany professionally for several modern dance companies including the Bremer Tanztheater before moving to New York in 1990 to complete her MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in dance and choreography – spending the next 20 years there, working with a variety of different modern dance choreographer like Risa Jaroslow, H. T. Chen, Maxine Steinman, Elaine Shipman, among others, before founding her own dance company Dance Imprints. In New York she was thoroughly trained as a pedagogue by ballet master of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, Ernesta Corvino which opened her world to many different ballet choreographers who work with an unusual contemporary approach, like Ernesta Corvino herself, Cherlyn Lavagnino and Tyr Throne. Her original choreography has been presented and commissioned in the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Dagmar is also a successful writer and poet, as well as actress, and performed recently her one-woman-show ‘Dialogues with a Plant’ in New York City as well as Prague. She works collaboratively in many projects, with musicians, dancers, actors and writers, mainly in New York, Prague and Berlin. She gives internationally ongoing poetry/ movement workshops – by believing in the power of words to shape our bodies and movements through imageries.

Class Description

I structure the ballet barre thoroughly to prepare each dancer well for the open floor combinations. My classes are designed to create space within the body’s joints and muscles, to move freely. They are devoid of affectation, based on organic principles of movements – paying particular attention to anatomy and physiology. Musicality, clear alignment, as well as harmonious coordination of the limbs, especially arms, are greatly emphasized – and most important the enjoyment to dance to carefully selected music. This class is also well suited for contemporary dancers.