Contemporary ballet

Kjara Starič Wurst

Slovenia / USA


 © Darja Štravs Tisu at Vibra 

The contemporary ballet workshop is combining technically stylized classical ballet, broken lines of contemporary ballet, and the fluidity of contemporary dance. The workshop will be focused on Kjara’s choreographic vocabulary which is highly physical. Her choreographies emphasize interpretation filled with the suggestiveness of everyday movement, exposing humanity within the dancers.


Kjara Starič Wurst is a Slovene choreographer/teacher based in Washington DC. she has choreographed for the Slovene National Ballet, KDP Contemporary Ballet, Slovene National Ballet Conservatory, APT, Dissonance Dance Theatre...  In 2010 she founded KDP, a contemporary ballet company for young dancers, to create more opportunities for stage experience and her dancers/students have gone on to perform with the Batsheva Ensemble (Tel Aviv), Vertigo (Jerusalem), IT Dansa (Barcelona), Ecole Rudra, Bejart (Lausanne), National Ballet Theatre (Slovenia), Ballet Junior de Geneva (Switzerland)…
She completed her training with the Slovene National Ballet Conservatory and later studied with her great mentor Fred Lasserre, joining Slovenski Plesni Project modern dance company. As a dancer, she performed nationally and internationally works by Fred Lasserre, Jennifer Archibald, Matjaž Farič,  Nijawwon Matthews, and others.
Teaching and working with young dancers has become her passion very early on and she has now been teaching for 20 years. Among others, she has taught at Slovene College of Ballet, George Mason University, The University of Minnesota, School of Washington Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, DDT, TU Dance, Balletto di Firenze KAOS, Slovene National Ballet Conservatory, CAD, Torino Centro di Danza, Scuola di danza Balletto di Roma, Slovene Performing Arts School of Contemporary Dance, VV Dance Institut, Ariston Proballet Summer Intensive, JSKD Winter Intensive, Vibra International Summer Dance Workshops, ect.


Advanced / intermediate level