I experienced Anna-Lise as a very calm yet energising personality who immediately transfers her joy in movement to the dancers she works with. What I personally appreciate the most about her work as a mentor, is the way she manages to see everyone in the group, no matter what level of dance one has or which kind of experiences one brings into the room. Anna-Lise brought a feeling of appreciation for every single personality in the room. Anna-Lise’s great empathic sense as well as her own love and commitment for dance make her a great teacher and mentor. She has this rare ability of working with every kind of level in dance and to tickle ones individual potential out of the comfort zone. Personally, I learned a lot from Anna-Lise; how to increase sensibility, to listen and to respond carefully. That doing less but with an intention and meaning does say a lot. That a group can be one body consisting of many souls all connected through the shared moment of moving together. I learned how to be more patient and gentle with my own body yet being focused on where I want to go and how I can use my individual talents to get there. I am in awe of her work as a dance artist and choreographer but most of all I am glad to have had the chance to share this important time in my life with her and to have had her as a mentor. Her work and support is definitely one reason why I will continue dancing in whichever way it might be.
I can just feel that Anna-Lise is living in the present moment, focusing on each and every individual person while spreading happiness and creating comfortable surroundings. I was thinking that it is not possible for a teacher to focus on each dancer individually in a short amount of time. Anna-Lise proved me wrong. She is well organised, highly professional and willing to give us the knowledge to awaken movements within our bodies we did not know existed. For me, Anna-Lise’s classes were one of the best dance experiences I have ever had. If I had the chance to have Anna-Lise as my dance teacher for the rest of my life I would definitely take that opportunity!
I’ve rarely had the pleasure to work with someone so responsive and aware of a room, with such an open and supportive energy. I expected the teaching itself to be top notch as it of course was, but the good working environment you created is something I rarely come across and when I do I feel it should be acknowledged, so thank you.
The dynamic quality that the girls and boys achieved was wonderful, and I know for some that this will have been their introduction into this way of moving. Their focus throughout was a testament to your teaching.
The work with Anna-Lise during the xoberlin fashion film shoot was a pleasure. She came well prepared, very professional and had a clear vision of what she wanted. The corrections and constructive feedback was direct and clear, and with her positive energy she was quick in picking up any suggestions and ideas from us dancers. The mixture between clear guidelines and an easy and open dialogue between her as the choreographer and the dancers, made my job as a dancer very easy and enjoyable. I would happily work with Anna-Lise in future projects!
Thank you for making my time at Laban so Amazing! You are so inspiring and I loved every minute of it.
Your enthusiasm, energy, positive encouragement and attendance to both the whole group and to the individuals was outstanding and very much appreciated. I hope to find myself in a class of yours again sometime!
Collective moments at the start and end of each class were a nice touch, partner exercises great for group bonding, choreography constructed and deconstructed brilliantly, beautiful music and energy. Accessible for those with less experience and more challenging exercise options for those with more, thoroughly engaging and enjoyable for everyone!
I loved that Anna-Lise gave me a sparkle back. She helped me to bring my movements alive. I found my inspiration to dance again.
I loved the style and found the moment very organic. Anna-Lise offered very good general and personalised corrections to allow improvement. Anna-Lise is so dynamic, she brings an amazing energy into the class.