Heike Salzer has taught in professional, educational and community related contexts at various international institutions and organizations. She has been a faculty member at the Dutch conservatoires Fontys Dance Academy, ArtEZ Dance Academy, Stedelijk Lyceum (NL) and The Icelandic Ballet School (IS). As a visiting lecturer she has taught at the University of Malta, alongside Professor Jo Butterworth and she has been invited to teach at international institutions such as Dancehallerne (DK), Texas State University (US), Slippery Rock University, (US) and Stichting voor Kunst en Cultuur Gelderland (NL) among others. She set up and chaired the dance department at Teesside University (UK) from 2008-2017.
Most recently she joined the department of Dance at Roehampton University as Senior Lecturer in Dance Professional Practice.
Heike's expertise is in contemporary dance technique (Limon-Humphrey, Floowork, Release), Modern Jazz (Horton), somatic movement practice, choreography, improvisation and composition, screendance, site specific choreography, practice as research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
As a somatic practitioner which is founded in her education as a German Gymnastik Teacher in the Anna Herrmann Method, her classes follow a holistic approach that consider the body as an organic unity, recognizing breath and flow, anatomical and physiological principles, and the awareness that body and mind are in synergy to achieve balance and alignment.
Her teaching is therefore also focused around the concept of ‘empowerment’, that enables participants to listen to their inner voices and find their individual artistic identities. Based on somatic enquiry, participants can gain an understanding of the possibilities of their bodies, their minds, their artistic instincts and finally their position in relation to their surroundings and others.
Heike values the inspiring potential interdisciplinary approaches offer participants to discover new working methods. She has led numerous collaborative teaching projects with disciplines such as music technology, fine art, design, computergames/concept art and occupational therapy.