Countertechnique is the movement system Anouk van Dijk developed during her career as dancer, choreographer and teacher over the last 20 years. Countertechnique is a system to help the dancer think about the dancing body. Although the attained physical skills can be used in the choreographic process, the Countertechnique is however not a choreographic tool, but serves dancers in their daily practice of performing, rehearsing and training.
Anouk van Dijk developed this method during her own professional practice, in constant dialogue with her dancers. Having taught the method already for many years, from 2006 onwards the implications of the practice have been translated back to a theoretical framework. This knowledge is transferred to and constantly tested and evaluated by a growing number of teachers in the technique, who get together on a frequent basis during the Countertechnique Teachers Trainings (CTTT). The theoretical framework serves as reference for both dancers and teachers.
In Countertechnique dancers learn to move fluid, bigger and more spatially, and become strong and flexible at the same time. They lose their fear to take risks and become fast in changing directions, also on unexpected moments. Their focus in training goes to the process itself incorporating information into action. In a Countertechnique class dancers are encouraged to be proactive in discovering connections and finding solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves, and to learn to work in a - mentally and physically - healthy manner.