David Strnad, Czech Republic
Teacher of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing arts in Brno
Art Director of the Dance Theatre Maximvs in Brno
He participated as a dancer and choreographer in many performances at local and foreign stages as Slovak National Theatre, National Theatre Brno, Laterna Magika Prague and various theatres and stages in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Greece, United Stated of America etc.
In his pedagogical practice, he specializes in José Limon's technique, Lester Horton's technique and jazz dance. He led many workshops in various cities of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in Turkey, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain etc. including long-time cooperation with dance schools located in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Poland etc.
For the Dance Theatre Maximvs and the Dance Theatre Bralen he created many outstanding pieces a great part of which was taken over by other dance theatres and schools into their repertory.
The dance technique of the jazz dance combines in itself the movement and acting components of the acting expression on the stage in the most natural way. It works with natural, adequately cultivated and stylized movement vocabulary and at the same time, it involves actor´s fantasy and creativity. With it´s polycentricity it significantly contributes to increasing of the movement coordination of performers, improves the flexibility of movements and the connectivity of single parts of the body. Polyarticularity is the source of the natural information about rhythm and it´s wide possibilities of application. The training is outlined as a set of variations, which work with fantasy and creativity of the interpreter, with the ability of improvisation or surpassing of movement or psychological barriers.
The integral part of the training is the basic warm-up, which serves as a "kick-start" of the physical and psychological apparatus, following range, coordination, balance and physical exercise.
The motto of each training is the idea, that dance is a source of inspiration, fun, verification our own limits, discovering new music or enrichment of the movement vocabulary.