2020 FACT/SF WINTER Dance Lab

February 21 - 23
12p-5p Daily
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco



The 2020 FACT/SF Winter Dance Lab (WDL) is a short workshop designed for dancers who have already had some experience with Countertechnique. Led by Charles Slender-White, the WDL offers daily class coupled with a close examination of Countertechnique tools, principles, and applications. Participants will deepen their understanding and use of Countertechnique, and have ample time to engage in conversations about the practice. The WDL aims to offer dancers space to explore, experiment, analyze, and question. The WDL will accept a maximum of 20 participants, and will prioritize those who can attend all three days.

Though the WDL is ideal for dancers who are already familiar with Countertechnique, all interested dancers are encouraged to apply.


February 21 - 23, 2020
12p-5p Daily

Each day will include an extended Countertechnique class (2-2.5 hours), a 30-minute break, and two Deep Dive sessions.

Deep Dive Topics include:

  • Working with Countertechnique Tools

  • The Trunk and how it functions

  • Popping & how to release unnecessary tension in the major joints

  • Horizontal Falling and Dynamic Balance

  • Shifting Attention and Sequential Thinking

  • Finding the counter-direction


Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama St (at 17th)
San Francisco, CA  94110 


The FACT/SF Winter Dance Lab is ideal for dancers who have already had some practice with Countertechnique. However, we are also warm and open to dancers at any level of experience, and we want to learn more about you!

Interested dancers should send their application, as one compiled PDF, to workshop@factsf.org

Applications should include:

  • A brief bio

  • Current CV

  • 1 page Letter of Motivation

In your letter of motivation, please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in the Dance Lab?

  • What are your past experiences of Countertechnique?

  • How does Countertechnique inform your current dance practice?

(Note: Please do not include headshots or other images in your application)

Within two weeks of applying, applicants will be contacted by FACT/SF regarding their participation in the Dance Lab.


$180 (applications received by December 27th)
$240 (applications received after December 27th)

Note: Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until the Dance Lab has reached capacity (20 participants maximum). All tuition payments are non-refundable.


Once notified of acceptance and successful processing of tuition, participants will receive a Welcome Packet. Information will include: area attractions, directions, public transportation, parking, Dance Lab Detailed Schedule, and supplemental information on Countertechnique.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the Dance Lab Registrar at workshop@factsf.org. Or, call 415.349.0878.


By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique class. The Countertechnique theory is orga­nized around two principal notions: the ‘toolbox’ and ‘scanning’. The toolbox is the systematically organized collection of tools for body and mind with which Countertechnique works, often visualized as a virtual map that dancers carry with them. Scanning defines the process of dancers continuously and actively observing their mindset and body in order to choose the most appropriate tool(s) from the toolbox for the situation they find themselves in. Scanning allows dan­cers to make active use of the toolbox in their daily practice of training, rehearsing and performing. Countertechnique was developed by Anouk van Dijk throughout her twenty-five year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last fifteen years, the knowledge and experience she gained – in constant dialogue with her dancers – was gradually transformed into a detailed theoretical system and a teaching method, which now together form the Countertechnique system.

In the 2019 FACT/SF Winter Dance Lab, Countertechnique will be taught by Charles Slender-White.


Charles has been a Countertechnique practitioner for 14 years, and became a Certified Teacher in 2012; there are 32 Teachers worldwide. Charles has taught Countertechnique at the American Dance festival, University of Calgary, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, L’Artere (Quebec City), Circuit-Est (Montreal), Love-In (Toronto), and at numerous dance centers throughout the SF Bay Area. He began his dance career in 2006 with Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In 2008, he returned to his native California to start FACT/SF in order to make his own contributions to innovation and excellence in contemporary dance. Over the past 11 years, Charles has created 35 works, with commissions by the US Department of State, CounterPulse, Acid Rain (Chelyabinsk), Dialogue Dance (Kostroma), the Yekaterinburg University of the Humanities (Yekaterinburg), and others. Described as ‘utterly absorbing’ and ‘mesmerizing’ (SF Bay Guardian), Charles’ work with FACT/SF has been performed throughout California, in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Durham, North Carolina, across Russia, and in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Macedonia. Throughout 2012, Charles was a mentee of Elizabeth Streb as part of CHIME Across Borders at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab. Charles graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in Dance & Performance Studies and English Literature. (Photo by Kegan Marling)


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