František Dofek
Historical dance

František Dofek has taken master classes of baroque dance abroad, namely at the Consort de Danse Baroque in Cardiff (2006) and  Académie de Sablé in France (2008). He is artistic leader of the Alla Danza Brno company – Baroque.

As a choreographer, he was in charge of the baroque part of the project created by the ballet company at the Brno National Theatre “From Louis XIV. all the way to break dance” (2008)


  • Antonio Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Capella Regia, Castle Baroque Theatre in Český Krumlov, 2013)
  • Choreographies for the Chamber Opera at JAMU and the Opera Studio of the Brno Conservatory:
  • Domenico Cimarosa: Il maestro di capella
  • W. A. Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne
  • J. Křička, Josef Čapek: Tlustý pradědeček
  • John Gay: The Beggars’ Opera
  • V. Fioravanti: Le Cantatrici Villane
  • Jiří Bárta: Chitra
  • G. Donizetti: Viva la Mamma
  • Henry Purcell: The Tempest

In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, František Dofek was the core pedagogue of the intensive summer seminar Early Dance Here and Now (organized by the ROND association.)

About The Class

The class is intended for participants possessing previous experience with Baroque dance. This year we shall focus primarily on technique; no major choreography for performance will be rehearsed. The aim will be to improve and enhance in greater detail the dancers’ conscious use of his body. Mastering controlled dance movement is a necessary prerequisite of performing baroque dance.

The body is an interpretation tool for dancers. This is why they need to master in on the same level of perfection as players master their instruments.

The final presentation of the class will either have the form of an open lesson or, in collaboration with the other dance classes, as a sample of baroque training.

Suggested Repertoire

General preparation of the dancer’s body including:

  • warm up
  • correct breathing technique, diaphragmatic breathing, active involvement of pelvic floor and diaphragm
  • exercise of deep core stabilizing system and the “muscle corset”
  • exercise to strengthen the core, the “plank” exercise
  • body workout and stretching
  • work with body centre
  • practising muscle tension and loosening

These exercises will be followed by working on technical and aesthetic principles of “la belle danse”:

  • correct body posture control for baroque “équilibre” and “plié”
  • improving the technique of baroque “mouvement”- working with the energy of the floor
  • enhancing the step vocabulary and new step combinations
  • integrating space and breathing into baroque dance
  • ornamentalism of the arms typical for the 18th century dance
  • focus on the dynamism and rhythm patterns of baroque dance, training of movement memory
  • tempo-rhythm in movement
  • using the head to enhance the expression and communication value of baroque dance
  • working with the symmetry of dance trajectory
  • little choreographic improvisations
  • focus on lively expression and radiating of energy in baroque dance

Level Of Skills Required

2. advanced

What to wear

Training outfit: preferable is training without shoes, only in socks or soft dance footwear, comfortable body wear (T-shirt, sweat pants, leggins, etc.). Ladies are kindly asked to wear pants, not skirts for training

Maximum number of students


Active Participants – Historical dance

    1. Matěj Vostárek
    2. Tereza Lupínková
    3. Vojtěch Pithart
    4. Kamila Bleierová
    5. Klára Suldovská
    6. Irena Suldovská
    7. Zdeněk Pospíšil
    8. Markéta Hugová
    9. Zdeněk Linka
    10. Matyáš Hauser
    11. Jan Drahokoupil
    12. Marta Krumphanzlová
    13. Dana Mareková
    14. Tereza Honzlová
    15. Františka Dudková Párysová
    16. Radim Dudek
    17. Gianmarco Armellin
    18. Marie Čížková
    19. Matěj Kopecký
    20. Michal Szeman

    1. Kamila Dürichová (P)