Countertechnique with Kelsey Paschich

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Cost: $20

Location: Maui Academy of Performing Arts

Class description: Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.

Bio:Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a dancer, choreographer, educator, filmmaker, and is a co-founder and co-director of SHIFT | DANCE. Paschich holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the national Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship in 2016. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University in 2004. Paschich has been teaching dance and performing professionally for over seventeen years. She is currently adjunct faculty/rehearsal director for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, core faculty with Modas Dance, and faculty with Magnify Dance Center. In 2016 Paschich was certified as a Countertechnique® Teacher in Melbourne, Australia with founder Anouk van Dijk. Paschich teaches ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, pointe, variations, choreography/improvisation, as well as Countertechnique®.


Paschich has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance (founding member Santa Fe, NM, Austin, TX and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014), and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. She has worked with choreographers: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic, Lawine Torrèn, Tomaz Simatovic, and others.