POSTPONED Guest Instructor Heidi Strauss


This workshop has been postponed due to the current health risks. We will be rescheduling with Heidi, please check back for updates.

Good Women is so excited to have Heidi Strauss teaching for us the week of March 30!

March 30 10-11:30am

April 2 10-11:30am

April 3 10-11:30am

$15 drop in. GWDC class cards apply

Class description:

This class explores physical listening, response and sequencing through the body.  Active choice-making in the moment is encouraged, as a way to alter and play with range, phrasing and movement possibility.  The class activates an awareness of internal and physical sensation while stimulating an awareness of relationship to directional space, and placing these two approaches in conversation.  The aim is spontaneity; the mind and body responsive to shifting circumstance of the moment.

The class progresses from floor to standing, building on ideas that inter-relate and are reinforced through a cumulative structure.  Moving and looping phrases are expanded upon through the week. Experiential/sensation experiments and improvisations help focus concepts and allow for interactivity. We dance apart and together, learning from each other by sharing and reflecting on the physical experience.


Heidi Strauss works in contemporary dance, with an interest in creating experiences that bring performance into different contexts, creating work that considers the environment it inhabits. She is interested in shifting the physical perspective of the audience, presenting work in theatres, non-theatre spaces and outdoors environments.  Heidi is adelheid’s Artistic Director, and has been a resident artist at the Factory Theatre (2008-2012), Theatre Centre (2013-2016) and Harbourfront Centre (2018-2019).  She has created several Dora Award winning works including this time (Choreography and Performance), and what it’s like (Production, Ensemble Performance, Lighting).  Her work has toured across Canada, and included a 30-person park installation called pace(2009).  Most recently she created LOT X, a large-scale site-sensitive work co-presented by Harbourfront and DanceWorks, and supported by the Canada Council’s New Chapter Program.  With LOT X she began working more directly with digital media, leading to adelheid developing COHORT, a platform that will offer open source code to artists in the performing arts sector who are interested in incorporating digital technologies within their performance-making.

Heidi has collaborated on several short films that have screened on Pattison OneStop pixel boards across Canada (subway platforms, outdoor billboards, elevator screens and shopping malls digital carousels) and also at dança em foco – Festival Internacional de Vídeo & Dança (Rio de Janiero) and nu2’s IDN festival (Barcelona).

Heidi teaches regularly and through adelheid offers open classes, and professional development opportunities for emerging artists.  In 2012, Heidi was honoured with a KM Hunter Award for Dance.