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Contemporary dance: playing with the principles of ballet

Start Thu 13 June '24
19:00 - 21:00

3 sessions


Standard price: € 49
All prices

Location OPEK
Vaartkom 4
3000 Leuven

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Language & teacher(s) Dutch/English

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the basic principles of classical dance and learn how you can use them in your own dances. Layer by layer, we peel this dance style down to its essence of bending, stretching, rising, launching, gliding, jumping and turning.

We embody the content and let the form emerge from there. Through a fresh, joyful approach, you will be introduced to these essential principles: we zoom in with short exercises but also zoom out to get into the 'groove' of this technique through improvisation. The interaction between the classical dance technique and your own dancing is central.

Expect a laboratory where you can explore and experiment to your heart's content!


Wear clothes in which you can move easily. We dance barefoot, but it is important to also bring a pair of socks so your feet can glide across the floor. Bring a bottle of water for during the class.

Level of experience

Level 2: You already took at least one dance course at WISPER or elsewhere regardless of which dance style.


  • Thu 13 June '24
    19:00 - 21:00
    OPEK - check bij aankomst / check upon arrival
  • Thu 20 June '24
    19:00 - 21:00
    OPEK - check bij aankomst / check upon arrival
  • Thu 27 June '24
    19:00 - 21:00
    OPEK - check bij aankomst / check upon arrival


  • OPEK Vaartkom 4
    3000 Leuven Show on map

    Check www.opek.be for more information about how to get here. At the first session, you will be welcomed by someone from WISPER who will tell you exactly where in/around the building your course takes place.

    Good to know if you take a full-day course here: for the lunch break, you can bring your own lunch, eat in at Café Entrepot or buy something at the Lidl supermarket around the corner.


  • Better world price
    € 54 Pay a little extra, help make WISPER affordable for everyone
  • Standard price
    € 49 Covers the costs of your course
  • Reduced price
    € 39 If you have trouble making ends meet
  • Holders of Cultuurkaart KU Leuven
    € 37 For students at KU Leuven, UC Leuven-Limburg and LUCA Campus Lemmens
  • Social discount UiTPAS Leuven
    € 10 (max 6 / year) only for Leuven citizens


Oona Van Aken

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