Becoming a teacher

Countertechnique is a registered trademark and can only be taught by certified teachers.

Countertechnique was developed by Anouk van Dijk throughout her twenty-five year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last fifteen years, the knowledge and experience she gained – in constant dialogue with her dancers – was gradually transformed into a detailed theoretical system and a teaching method, which now together form the Countertechnique system. This knowledge is transferred to, and constantly tested and evaluated by, a growing number of teachers of the technique, who regularly come together at the Countertechnique Teacher Training (CTTT) program. Currently there are twenty certified Countertechnique teachers across the world, including Anouk van Dijk herself. Teachers from all levels meet bi-annually to evaluate and exchange experiences, in order to improve personally and to help further develop Countertechnique itself and the didactics involved.

To be eligible for participation in the CTTT program, each aspirant teacher should first have attended a large number of Countertechnique classes, as well as at least one 'One Body, One Career' Intensive. Over the course of years, they should have accomplished and displayed a thorough understanding of the principles of the Countertechnique and have shown to have the skills to convincingly apply these principles in movement. Previous teaching experience is an advantage, but not required.

The CTTT program takes places every second year. Generally, about five to eight aspirant teachers are admitted to every program. The next CTTT will take place from 3-14 August 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. For detailed information on the content and requirements for participation in the CTTT 2016, please check the CTTT 2016 webpage, download the CTTT 2016 FAQ Sheet or the CTTT 2016 Expression of Interest Form.