ALENA CHLÁDKOVÁ

I did classical ballet from childhood, which was followed by several years of modern dance.

My first experience with African dance dates back to 2005 when I attended a course by Tereza Pospěchová. It was love at first move. I have done African dance courses in Brno since 2008 and organized weekend workshops in several cities in the Czech Republic. It was also in 2008 when I started to play and dance in a band called Tubabu and I remained a member of the band up until 2014. 

I visited West Africa 5 times between 2006 and 2018, namely Guinea, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone, where I attended several workshops and private lessons taught by local dancers. I spent almost a year in Africa altogether and I also took part in local development aid projects focusing on education, agriculture and health.

I have experience in other dance styles, too: contemporary dance, contact improvisation, butoh, jazz dance, pole dance, belly dance... and I still do some of them from time to time today. In 2014 I spent a month in Cuba where I learnt an Afro-Cuban dance called Yoruba. I also draw a lot of inspiration from yoga.

In 2014 I completed a 4-year training course in dance movement therapy in Prague. That is why I love to combine dance and movement with therapeutic aspects rather than simply focus on the dance form.

I graduated as a social worker. For several years I worked with alcohol and drug addicts, abused children, young orphans and victims of domestic violence. This period was an enormous life experience for me and I am extremely grateful for it.

I have been freelance since 2012, focusing purely on dance and organizing art and education seminars. I work with people all the time, so it is important for me to always have something to offer, which means to develop continually. In order to get new inspiration in recent years, I go to Barcelona every year to attend African dance courses led by African teachers as well as other dance and therapeutic seminars.