Clare Guss-West

Clare Guss-WestFormer professional dancer, choreographer, opera director, holistic health practitioner, advisor and author.

Clare’s focus is on the practical application of holistic health and somatic movement principals to the training of classical ballet, supported by the latest research in human movement & neuroscience – ‘attentional focus’ for enhanced performance to promote the wellbeing of the dancer for a sustainable career.

Clare specializes in complementary techniques for professional dancers and teachers. Working with the Nureyev Foundation and The European Network for Opera & Dance Education (RESEO), she delivers an holistic approach to training for Finnish National Ballet, Ballet de L’Opera du Rhin, Opèra de Paris (Opèra Université), L’Ecole Supèrieure de Danse Rosella Hightower and for the RAD Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate in Teaching Certificate, Berlin Staatsballett.

‘Attentional Focus’ – is one evidence-based element of her holistic approach based on 15 years of research of German Motor Performance & Learning specialist Gabriele Wulf. Clare and Gabriele work together to promote the practical application of research findings to impact ballet performance and teaching practice. Clare regularly presents this cutting-edge work for IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine & Science).

Trained as a classical, contemporary dancer & musician, Clare began her career presenting her own choreographic work at The Place, London. Following the success of several works with American composer Philip Glass, she became resident choreographer & later director at English National Opera, London. She created choreography & productions for The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle & San Francisco Operas, Netherlands Opera, Wiesbaden & Kiel Operas, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, BBC Proms, Opera de Paris Bastille.

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