2020 present

Until we can meet again…..Starting 25 May I ve decided to offer online classes,  adapting the content for shorter time and a smaller space.  They are 1 hour and 15 minutes movement research classes. In each one I will focus on a movement research task starting from a simple warm up standing, one floor task and and movement research exercises that will help us focus on the day’s topic. At the heart of my research, is the focus on musicality of movement.

Mondays and Thursdays 10:30-11:45 (Amsterdam and Cape Town time) 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 2709 9649

These classes are donation based: pay what you can afford, suggested donation between  R50 and R80 or Euro 5 and 8 

You can transfer via PayPal on  or to my Dutch bank account M.L.Tessi   IBAN code: NL48INGB0008275487

Please let me know when you will be attending so I have a sense of how many people will be there. Even with the virtual, it does make a difference 🙂









2020 Past

-9 and 16 June Body and Music Bodlabot , 19:30-21:30 OT301 Amsterdam

-11 August Body and Musicworkshop part of Open Workshops within annual Improvisation Summer Course 19:00-21:00 Studio 1         OT301 Amsterdam


-20 to 24 January and 10 to 14 February Improvisation Course for MTD3 students at Theatreschool, Amsterdam

-9, 16, 23, 30 January and 6, 13 February  workshops Body and Musicat Dansdrift , Thursdays 20:00-22:00 Den Haag

-8, 15, 22, 29 January and 5, 12, 19 February Floorwork and Improvisation classes at Bodlabot , 18:00-19:30 OT301 Amsterdam


11 September till 4 December every Wednesday (except for 9, 16, 23, 30 October class by Monika Stepak) 18:00-20:00 Floorwork and Improvisation class, Bodlabot Studio OT301

-24 September and 1 October Tuesday 19:30-21:30 Improvisation Workshop Series ” Movement in Time” Bodlabot Studio OT301

-8 and 15 October Movement Research classes Tuesdays 9:00-11:00, Obs Community Centre, Cape Town

-19 and 20 October Composition Workshop for dancers and musicians, Sat and Sun 10:00-14:00 at Cruce, Arte y Pensamiento, Madrid info

-24 October Composition Workshop in Madrid for dancers and musicians, 17:00-20:00 Casa de Vacas, Madrid

-30 October Workshop at Theatersalon, ic.w. Claudia Maioli, Teatro Munganga Amsterdam

-9 till 13 December Classes Monday to Friday 10:00-11:30 Profitraining at Dock 11 Berlin



See class Trailers:

Movement/Floorwork class

Music/Dance composition i.c.w. musician Coila-Leah Enderstein


-22 January Tuesday Improvisation workshop 19:30-21:30 Bodlabot Studio OT301 1st floor Overtoom 301 1054HW Amsterdam

-29-31 January Liceo Musicale Omegna, Italy.  Music and Movement workshop for 4h and 5th year students with Maria Luisa Pizzighella and Manuela Lucia Tessi

-6, 13, 20 February Wednesdays Floor work & improvisation 18:00-20:00 Bodlabot Studio OT301 1st floor Overtoom 301 1054HW Amsterdam

-10 March till 7 April (dates of classes and location to be announced) Movement Classes for Music Dance 021-Cape Town 

-29 April till 10 May   Profitraining at Dock 11 Berlin “Tone and Musicality”  Monday to Friday 10-11:30

-August  Artistic Advisor at Improvisation Summer Intensive 2019



-Tuesdays  19:30-21:30

Improvisation  16 and 23 October Manuela Tessi

More info about the workshop series and other teachers, prices and sign up:

Coming Tuesday Workshops in 2018
6 November Katie Duck , 20 and 27 November Makiko Ito , 11 December  Vincent Cacialano

Bodlabot Studio OT301 1054 HW Amsterdam 


Wednesdays  18:00-20:00

Floor work & improvisation with: Manuela Tessi
17 , 24 , 31 Oct , 7 Nov.

Contact improvisation with: Thalia Laric
14 , 21, 28 Nov  5, 12 Dec Sign in & info by: WhatsApp 0650998032 or:
LIMITED CAPACITY. Open to all levels.

Bodlabot Studio OT301 1054 HW Amsterdam 


Thursdays  20:00-22:00 Dance Improvisation at Dansdrift den Haag (Replacing Ana Leonor Ladas)

1, 8, 22, 29 November 6, 20 December

Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag 



-21 to 28 July

Dance workshops for adults at Buitenkunst Drenthe

-30 July to 18 August

Improvisation Summer Course 2018

Artistic Director: Katie Duck with Miri Lee and Manuela Tessi

I ll be teaching every morning movement classes and an intensive Music Dance Workshop follow link for full programme



Sunday Sessions ongoing 18:30-20:30

Practice sessions, lead by Katie Duck, myself of local artists

Bodlabot studio (first floor) OT301 Overtoom 301, 1054 HW,  Amsterdam.



-Wednesdays 14 and 21 March, 11, 18, 25 April

Floorwork and Improvisaton, open level

18:00-20:00, Bodlabot studio (first floor) OT301 Overtoom 301, 1054 HW,  Amsterdam.


– Tuesdays 3, 10 April and 1 May

Tuesday Bodlabot workshops series  (ongoing every Tuesday with different teachers)

19:30-21:30, Bodlabot studio (first floor) OT301 Overtoom 301, 1054 HW,  Amsterdam.


-Thursdays 19, 26 April and 3 May

Dansdrift Workshop- Impulse, Intuition, Imagination, Future

20.00 tot 22.00 uur, Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag


-Monday to Friday 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 May

Profitraining- The sensitive, sensible and sensuous body

10:00-11:30, Dock 11 Kastanienallee 79, Berlin

Fb event

-12 and 13 May

 Music and Dance collaboration Workshop with Friederike Wendorf and Manuela Tessi

with final presentation/performance of participants

12 May 12:00-16:00 and 13 May 17:00-20:00 K77 Kastanienallee 77, 10435 Berlin

Presentation 13 May 20:15

-Tuesday 13 June –19:30-21:30 Dance Improvisation: The Sonic Body

part of Bodlabot OT301 Improvisation Workshop Series 

The work will start from the body, and how can we differentiate movement intention and quality and place that in relation to sound.In particular in this workshop we will work with phrasing emerging from the use of breath, how the consciousness of breath can be a tool for creating musicality in the movement or movement in the music. We will explore different tones of physicality and (for musicians) qualities of sound, refining the readability of intention in sound and movement, to be able to commmunicate with the material being generated.The aim is to encourage each performer to be engaged in their own personal research of physicality of sound and movement, with curiosity and playfulness.

Bodlabot studio (first floor) OT301 Overtoom 301, 1054 HW,  Amsterdam.

MIN 5 people in the class / Max 10 people per class  / one day €12 / two days €20 / cash on arrival.

Cherry Blossom fest. Prenzlberg, Berlin 2015 photo by Brian Crawford

-Ongoing: Wednesday Classes at Bodlabot studio OT301

18:00-20:00 Movement research.  Single classes, open level. Beginners welcome. Next classes before summer 14 and 28 June


-24 July till 20 August  –Improvisation Summer Course 2017 – See here full programme

       -24 July till 3 August    Music Dance Workshop with Mary Oliver (music) and Manuela Tessi      (dance) 

       – Movement Classes by Miri Lee (24 July-4 August)  Manuela Tessi (7-18 August) 



-Sunday 30 April  Music Dance Workshop 

Manuela Tessi and Friederike Wendorf , 13:00-17:00 E 40 Bodlabot studio OT301 Overtoom 301 Amsterdam facebook event





-2 till 13 January,-6 till 10 February 13 till 17 March 

 Profitraining at Dock 11, Berlin


foto by Petrus Hyvonen

-2 till 13 May Profitraining at Dock 11, Berlin

– 20, 21, 22 and 23 June 2016  Contemporary Class, HJS Amsterdam

– 19 July- 13 August -Movement Classes at Katie Duck improvisation summer course

every day from 19th July till 13th August , 11:00-13:00, alternating with Miri Lee, check here schedule

-13 till 20 August: Buitenkunst Drenthe

-24 and 25 August 2016 movement class at Orgelpark within Katie Duck’s Orgelpark improvisation workshop

-10 and 11 December 2016 : The Sensitive, Sensible and Sensuous body           2 days workshop in Instant movement composition, ended with a performance with the paticipants 13:00- 17:00 Studio 3,      Weg naar Rhijnauwen 3 Utrecht-ongoing Modern Dance Class Advanced Buurtcentrum De Witte Boei Amsterdam (course ended June 2016)

foto by Petrus Hyvonen






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