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Intervju med Eytan Sivak

"The students requests motivated me to start this class."

Eytan Sivak teaches at Balettakademiens Yrkesdansarutbildning och educates some of Swedens best ballet dancers. He is also the initiator of the new course Balett för mångsidiga dansare.

Eytan Sivak has been a soloist in several dance companies such as Cullberg Ballet, Scapino Ballet in Holland and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in Canada. He has worked with international choreographers such as Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nils Christie, Carolyn Carlson and others. Today Eytan is freelancing internationally as a choreographer and dance teacher. He gives classes and workshops for dance teachers, professional dancers and various professional dance educations in Sweden and abroad and he has numerous jury and teaching assignments in connection with the auditions for various dance companies and professional dance training programs. He has also created works for various dance companies, dance educations and for his own projects.

Who would you take your ballet class Balett för mångsidiga dansare?
− The class is meant for dance students, professional dancers and dance lovers that are on an experienced intermediate or advanced level in Ballet. It is a class for those who would like to connect their Ballet technique to their love of movement and dance. A class that enables the participants to experience a combination of technical challenges, brain work and the pleasure of movement.

How did you get the idea to start the course?
− During the years that I have been teaching, dance students in different dance educations and professional dancers often asked me if I give classes somewhere else, so they could continue to take my classes. These requests motivated me to start this class. Balettakademien Stockholm was my clear choice to start this initiative since I wanted these classes to take place in a high level environment. This means to have a good studio, an inspiring pianist and artistic surroundings.

What are the differences to teach at Yrkesdansarutbildningen and course offerings?
− At the professional dancers' education I meet the same group of students on a daily basis and in different subjects so we spend a lot of time together. We have the possibility to discuss the broader picture of dance and how it is connected to art, music, society and so much more. I try to implement the same approach also in the afternoon classes and even though we only meet once a week and the emphasis is on the physical work we do talk about the broader picture of dance. I feel this is essential for the exploration of our artistic, technical and personal growth at any given stage of our life. I enjoy very much the work we do together and it would have been great to meet them a bit more often.

What is the best part of teaching?
− The best thing is that teaching is an endless source of inspiration. Meeting many different dance students and professional dancers always inspire me to new thoughts, observations and ideas. As a person and teacher I never take things for granted and I am continuously curious about each and every group or person that I meet in the studio, a fact that always makes me happy and excited before every class that I teach.

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