The Henny Jurriëns Studio (HJS) in Amsterdam was established in 1996 and is named after one of the Netherlands’ best and most-loved dancers. It is considered to be one of the most important training centers for professional dancers in the world and is open all year.
In addition to the daily technique classes, a wide variety of workshops and masterclasses are given in different styles, including those of the most prominent choreographers working today. The yearly Amsterdam Summer Intensive attracts dancers from more than 40 countries. The studio serves as a network and center for freelance dance artists and periodically provides opportunities where they can show their own work onstage or work with choreographers and then perform. A new program ‘SPRINGPLANK ' (Springboard) helps dancers who have recently graduated make contact with the work field. HJS receives structural subsidy from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).
Ballet with Laura Bernasconi
Laura Bernasconi is a choreographer, dancer and teacher of classical and contemporary ballet on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, teaching open professional and adult classes as well as the Intensive Semester and Certificate Program. Laura has taught and coached for companies and schools such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Gallim Dance, Broadway Dance Center, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Netherlands Dance Theater l and ll, Scapino Ballet, The Henny Jurriens Studio, CODARTS Rotterdam, Norwegian National Ballet, Carte Blanche Norwegian Contemporary, Australian Dance Theater, Basel Ballet, Bern Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and ODC/SF.
Laura also teaches classes and workshops in hatha yoga, AcroYoga, Thai/ Shi’atsu/self massage, pointe, partnering and choreography.
Laura’s classes focus on a healthful approach to ballet using principles of healing arts such as Gyrotonic, Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, The Ilan Lev Method, yoga and mindfulness, giving each student individual attention and guidance.
Laura also has ongoing dance performances with her Ballet Bernasconi, Mudita Arts for Peace both in Amsterdam and the US.
The Sunday morning ballet class is for all levels and will focus on musicality and expression while working on correct ballet technique.