Dance Classes at Zagreb Dance Centre

Class season 2014/2015 has finished!
We invite you to join us again in September - and you can enrol already!

You can enrol a course any weekday, 10-18h at the Zagreb Dance Centre, in Ilica 10.

More information available at:
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In continuation find a wide choice of courses on offer.

Classes for adults

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Acrobatics & Body Balance
mon & wed | 20:00-21:30 | facilitator: Nikola Orešković

This program consists of acrobatic elements and the methodology of achieving body balance (=equilibrium; the ability to establish balance in a broader sense). Participants will, by systematically mastering different movement elements and skills will not only learn about their own physical abilities, but will also expand and achieve high level of motoric coordination by obtaining different acrobatic skills, expanding their own physical and psychological abilities as well as nurture creativity.

The program is conceived to allow participation of beginners.
Classical ballet 1 / beginner level /
tue & thu | 16:30 - 17:30 | with: Iva Višak
Classical ballet 2 / advanced level /
tue & thu | 17:30 - 19:00 | with: Iva Višak

This classical dance form is ideal for the development of the posture, regulating breathing, strengthening muscles and increasing the overall physical condition in addition to developing the often sought after sense of harmony and graceful movement. These weekly classes are for those who have a basic knowledge (however beginners are welcome) from the age of 18 and upward. The classes will allow you to learn more about yourself and to develop a more coordinated body in addition to increasing flexibility. Each class starst with exercises at the barre, and continue with movement combinations through space. In addition to basic elements you will also master twirls (pirouettes), and develop balance.

tue & thu | 20:30 - 22:00
facilitator: Elvis Hodžić

Breakdance or B-boying is one of the most interesting current dance forms due to its energy and improvisational freedom. This dance style originates in the streets of New York, but is becoming globally popular thanks to its presence in music videos and many hollywood films like "Step up" and "Streetdance".
Depending on attendees' previous experience, physical abilities and age, the class will begin with basic dance moves, teaching the difference between Toprock, Footwork, Powermoves and Freezes, and continue towards the more gymnastically and athletically demanding moves. The aim is to develop confidence, musical feeling, body positioning for further work and development of high quality B-boy dancers.

The class is open to all age groups and all levels of previous experience (or a lack of).

Combo dance / beginner level
tue & thu | 19:00-20:00 | with Aleksandra Mišić
Combo dance / advanced level /
mon & wed | 19:00-20:30 | with Aleksandra Mišić

Combo Dance is intended for beginners who want to get to know dance. It is a combination of techniques - jazz dance and contemporary dance. Working on these two styles simultaneously we spontaneously adopt a wider vocabulary of movements and challenge our body to move in more directions. As a basis for further dance education it enables the attendees to experience variety at the very beginning, an supports their personal preferences when it comes to movement. Once the techniques have been adopted, in the end of the class we perform choreographic sections which match what has been learned so far and their creation in complete freedom of our dear beginners.

Feldenkrais method
thu | 09:00 - 10:00 | with: Irma Omerzo

In the Feldenkrais Method the individual learns to be more alert and aware of habits, and how to free oneself of their often negative impact on one's life. Movement and moving are natural and, for most people, an acceptable form of discovering one's own pattern of habits simultaneously allowing the development of quality experiences and a more integrated body.

Because the Feldenkrais method impacts on several levels, it is especially suited for all those who have to deal with a variety of existing painful conditions resulting from lack of mobility (various issues related to the skeletal and muscular systems), as well as for those under stress (such as management, medical and teaching personnel), as well as all those who wish or need to develop more their motion range (actors, dancers, sportsmen); those who need to use their arms frequently (musicians, physical and massage therapists, dentists, hairdressers); or, those who spend a significant amount of time in unusual positions (people who sit a lot, or who work long-hours at computer stations.) Aside from the fact that this method helps in resolving a number of painful conditions, it contributes to improved posture and improved coordination of movement ultimately resulting in a sense of psychological and physical balance.

Hip hop for adults
mon | 20:00 - 21:00 |
thu | 21:00 - 22:00 |

facilitator: Anis Habibović

These Hip-hop classes will introduce you to the hip-hop culture and urban dance techniques. We will work on self-confidence, sense of rhyhm and groove. Moving from basic steps towards more complex elements and variations of learned steps, expands the vocabulary.

At each lesson the learned steps will be repeated through combinatoins. Give in to your creativity and join the class!

Jazz dance - advanced
mon & wed | 20:30 - 22:00 | with: Aleksandra Mišić

A combination of contemporary dance, jazz and ballet, Aleksandra's original style explores a wide spectrum of the organic, often expressive and energetic motion and synchronous movement. Aleksandra's contemporary jazz class accentuates the art and musicality, while challenging the dancer to move in a new, unconventional way. The classes are combined, focusing on the technique of jazz with a basis of ballet and contemporary dance, as well as the release technique. It's about pure execution of movement and simultaneous release of impulse, dynamic, expression and emotion. The class ends with a choreography, which the attendees learn and enjoy in its maximum possibilities.

Previous knowledge of classical or contemporary vocabulary is desired!

Modern dance
wed & fri | 20:30 - 22:00h | facilitator: Iva Čevizović

Modern Dance classes will introduce you to various contemporary and modern techniques, as well as yoga. Strength exercise is compulsory, mostly as static and isometry, sequences over the floor and diagonals, and short choreographic phrases. The class ends with stretching and calming of the body and energy.

Dance Kinetics
mon & wed | 17:30-19:00
sat | 16:00-17:30

with: Sven Copony

A sequence of anatomical exercises which are conceived with the objective to increase flexibility develop strength, improve coordination and a different sense of awareness for the dancer's (AND the non-dancer's) body. Kinetics are an exceptioanally recognized approach which contributes to the rehabilitation in case of injuries and is also considered in movement therapy. It combines elements of classical ballet, with elements of the Franklin method, isometrics and uses also visualization.

Dance Fitness
mon & wed | 19:00 - 20:00 | facilitator: Iva Cevizović

This class is a combination of condition and strength training, with added learning of various dance variations.

Areal Silk Dance
Beginners group:
tue | 19:00-20:30 |

sun | 20:00 - 21:30 |

Advanced group:
tue | 20:30-22:00 |

sun | 18:30 - 20:00 |

facilitator: Nikolina Komljenović

Dance with Silk is an aerial acrobatic activity, comprising of dance and gymnastics. This is a very new, still evolving, new circus discipline which was first introduced by Cirque du Soleil end of the last century. The workshops are facilitated by Nikolina Komljenovic, one of the pioneers of this art form in the region. She has been active performer for over 11 years, and has been teaching since 2008.

About the Workshop:
The actual class is 90 minutes (2 p/w) and comprises of three segments:
a) raising awareness of one's body, warm-up and mastering the basic motorics required for arial acrobatics;
b) the second part takes place in the air, on the silk material, the participants acquire skills, learn specific forms and develop their artistic styles;
c) stretching concludes each class to minimize stress on the muscles. Regular attendance is a must to avoid injury and to maintain physical condition.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is the art form of the 20th century which is comprised of a number of diverse styles. There is no universal definition which would describe this form of dance as it manifests itself in so many different ways, and much is dependent also on individual expressions and definitions. Regardless, contemporary dance is energetic and open to all sorts of possibilities and it prompt to consider the world we live in and, it frequently engages in dialogue with another art discipline (visual arts, film, video, music, theatre, new technologies)

This dance style includes a dynamic transitions through space, the use of fluid movements and the use of all parts of our body as well as encouraging creativity. It is an activity which which prompts us to think of the world around us, and frequently questions the relationship between the individual and society. In comparison to classical ballet which most often will be comprised of virtuos movement patterns contemporary dance uses the more natural body alignment and movements. A typical contemporary dance class will comprise of of a warm-up portion executed through a sequence of structured moves which will build into a sequence (or a short dance phrase) and which contributes to developing the awareness of our body as well as developing a sense of liberation.

Contemporary Dance / beginners /
mon, wed & fri | 16:30-17:30 | with: Iva Višak
Training begins with core exercises aiming to ensure alignment of the dancer’s body, and then develops into sequences which raise awareness for the movement and different body impulses. The class is conceived for recreational purposes for those with average skills: for beginners with some experience in dance or any other physical activity, and who are keen to express themselves through a creative practice.

Contemporary Dance / intermediate /
mon & wed | 17:30-19:00 | with: Iva Višak
Contemporary Dance / advanced /
tue & fri | 19:00-20:30 | with: Ognjen Vučinić
This class is for those who have an average dance experience and who wish to develop it further as a recreational activity and be challenged as well as for those curios who wish to explore the potential of their creativity through movement.

Vinyasa flow yoga
sun | 10:00 - 11:15 | ( starts Oct. 12 )

facilitator: Nikolina Maraković

Vinyasa flow is one of the most popular yoga styles today, especially cherished by those who desire a dynamic and physically more demanding, yet variable yoga practice. The basic principle of Vinyasa flow is synchronisation of breath and movement into a continuous "flow", in sequences of connected asanas, and this fluidity of form is what makes this practice resemble dance sequences.
The selection and sequence of asanas, as well as the structure of each class will depend mainly on the selected focus (opening the ribcage, hips, rotating the spine, core work etc), and the specific dynamic of each class will be partially defined by the amount of attention appied to specific aspects of body posture and asana performance. Classes will sometimes be slower, calm and grounding, and sometimes faster, more intense and physically demanding, energising.
By practicing the yoga asanas we not only develop strength, flexibility, balance and motion coordination, this also has a very positive influence on our general physical health. By understanding and correctly performing the asana, we become more aware of the ways in which our body functions, we learn to respect its limitations, but also discover a zone within which these limitations can be moved. We enable a certain kind of "resetting" of its posture, becoming aware of some physical or mental, or even more subtle energetic blocks, learning to change some of our deeply inset habits which lead to injury, and subsequentially we can change some of our long-established patterns of thinking and behaviour.

Classes for teenagers

Hip-hop for youth
mon & wed | 19:00-20:00 | facilitator: Anis Habibović

Hip-hop classes will teach you various elements of this exciting, but demanding contemporary dance discipline. Come, have fun, and learn about hype, new jack, swing, jamming, popping, locking and boogaloo...
You will learn basic dance figures, and also gain a closer insight into the dynamic hip-hop culture.

Jazz dance
tue | 20:00 - 21:00 |
sat | 11:00 - 12:00 |
facilitator: Iva Richtermoc

Jazz, as a dance form, is one of the most popular dance styles, a combination of various movements, ranging from energetic and fast, to beautiful, gentle and lyrical. It is a specific form, whose basic technique serves as a basis for variation.

Jazz is one of the most popular dance forms today mainly because of TV shows, music videos and films. It is a fun and energetic style, excellent for beginners.

Jazz dance can follow various music styles, so we have lyrical jazz, musical jazz, funky jazz, afro jazz, etc. Each choreographer creates their own style.

For the jazz dance class it is preferable to wear comfortable clothing that does not conceal the contour of the body (tights, tops, or similar) and jazz shoes, or simpler - socks, for beginners.

Classes for children

Classical Ballet for Children (ages 7-12)
mon & wed | 16:45-17:30 | with: Spomenka Šparemblek

Give your child an opportunity to experience from an early age the art of classical ballet (and fall in love with it!). Classical Ballet for Children is aimed at children who are enrolled in primary school (7 to 12 years of age). An early start in the practice of Classical Dance will give your child a sold base as their body develops physically (muscle become long and strong); as well as psychologically (children learn discipline and improve memory). Allow your child to discover and make use of all the benefits of Classical Ballet as it is tought by one of Croatia’s most acknowledged ballet artists and teachers: Spomenka Šparemblek.

Rythmic Dance for Kids 1(ages 3-5)
mon & wed | 17:30 - 18:15
Rythmic Dance for Kids 2 (ages 5-7)
mon & wed | 18:15 - 19:00

mentor: Jasmina Zagrajski Vukelić
Andrea Pofuk

Creative dance and movement is the starting point into the imaginative world of fun and games for kids ages 3 to 6. With and through dance, music, song and story the children develop their own creativity, fostering a stronger imagination and develop new friendships.

Dance Playground for Kids
(ages 3-4)
sat | 10:00 - 11:00
mentor: Jasmina Zagrajski Vukelić
Mirna Horvat

Creative dance and movement experience open doors to a world of playful creativity and imagination for children between three and six years of age. Through games and dancing, accompanied by story-telling and song the children develop their creative potential as they express their ideas and imaginatory worlds, in addition to making new friends. Activity facilitators (Jasmina Zagrajski Vukelić, Mirna Horvat) are experienced dance practitioners who are fully qualified to work with children of this age group.

Introduction to the Art of Dance and Motion for Pre-School Children
(ages 5-7)
tue & fri | 17:00 - 18:00
facilitator: Maja Drobac

This program is intended for pre-school children with the intention to introduce them to the basics of ballet and contemporary dance. This encourages creativity and awareness of one's own body in motion. Each class lasts 60 mintues (2 x week) and consists of four parts. The exercises include stretching on the floor as well as exercises that require motion through space and contain elements of "dancing it out", or telling stories through dance, inspiring chilren's imagination, creativity and physical coordination, feelings of working within a group and encouraging each child's unique personality.

Dance and motion
(ages 7-9)
tue & fri | 18:00 - 19:00
facilitator: Maja Drobac

"Dance and motion" is a continuation of "Introduction to dance and motion for pre-school children". By creating body awareness, children become aware of themselves and each other in space and learn to be part of a group and group creation. Dance technique and development of personal creativity are in the focus of the class.

The child should have some previous dancing experience.

Classes for professional dancers/performers

Classical ballet for contemporary dancers
mon & wed | 9:45-11:15 *| with: Spomenka Šparemblek
* this is a temporary schedule, valid until the end of February
Starting this season at the Zagreb Dance Centre, ballet mistress Spomenka Šparemblek, will offer a series of advanced ballet specifically for those who are professional dance artists and at times that will accommodate their specific schedule requirements. The body is the most important instrument for the practicing dance artists. Classical ballet technique is one of the best tools to maintain the body and regular exercise is recommended which will consist of intensive sequences on the floor, at the barre and through space.
Physical theatre classes
4 classes a month | facilitator: Žak Valenta

These classes are a practical exploration of contemporary performing practices, ranging from Artaud to Body Art, focusing on body performance and affirmation of corporal presence.

The classes are aimed at theatre professionals, as well as enthusiasts coming from various disciplines (mime, dance theatre, physical theatre, drama theatre, performance art...) who are eager to explore beyond the usual borders of mainstream practice.

More info about Physical theatre classes.

Masterclass: partnering
click here for the schedule | facilitators: Aleksandra Mišić & Ognjen Vučinić

Through various exercises and games we become aware of our body as well as the body of our partner, learn how to cope with our own weight and the weight of our partner. We practice how to take responsibility for another person's body. We develop fluid communication that depends on a divided balance. We work with risk, trust, instinct, self-protection, protection of someone else, speed, fragility, softness, tension…
We will study various relationships between partners, establish borders, discover how to move further. By working through another person's body we learn about our own. We will adopt already known supports from the rich repertoire of these two dancers, and also develop our own ideas and abilities in partnering.
The masterclass is suitable for professional dancers.

Read more about the masterclass here.