Events Calendar > Hot Spot: Charles Slender
The ODC School is inviting guest artists to come teach on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30am. Keep an eye out for who’s coming to the Dance Commons!Charles SlenderJanuary 7 - February 13, 201310am - 11:30amCountertechnique coordinates, stretches, and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. Class starts with a recurring set of exercises allowing the dancers to investigate the principles of Countertechnique in detail. The second half of class consists of changing components that work towards luscious movement combinations and jumping.By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance, which reduces the pressure on the overall body structure. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the class. In the end, dancers use less energy, lose their fear of taking risks, and gain speed in changing direction. Class will be geared towards Intermediate to Advanced dancers.Charles Slender 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 regularly worked as an international dance artist performing, making choreography, and teaching contemporary dance technique. Charles' work has been commissioned by the US Department of State, CounterPULSE, Acid Rain (Chelyabinsk), Dialogue Dance (Kostroma), and others. He is a Certified Teacher of Anouk van Dijk's Countertechnique, and spent 2012 in mentorship with Elizabeth Streb as part of CHIME Across Borders at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab. Charles graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in English Literature and Dance & Performance Studies.