Anne-René Petrarca

Anne-René is a modern dancer, choreographer, Alexander Technique teacher, yoga instructor and the founder and artist-director of the dance company Sculpted Motion. Anne-René received her undergraduate degree in dance from Point Park University, her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Alexander certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City. She re-located to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 after 20 years in New York City. She is currently on faculty for all of LINES Ballet’s education programs, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Square One Yoga and she maintains a private Alexander practice. She continues to travels as a guest artist to universities across the country.

In New York she had the pleasure of assisting Jane Kosminsky at The Juilliard School for ten years in the dance division and at national conventions and in the making of her DVD; For Dancers; The Alexander Technique. Anne-René was on the faculty at DNA (Dance Space Center), Dancewave, Mark Morris Dance Center and she has been a guest teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, Long Island University/Brooklyn, Barnard College, The Next Stage Project, Joffrey Jazz Summer Intensive, Mills College, San Francisco State University, Penn State, Bucknell University, Hope College and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Her work has been performed at the Cowell Theater, McKenna Theater, Z-Space, ODC Commons, Mint Plaza, ChoreoProject, Dance New Amsterdam, Kumbel Theater, City Center Studios, Makor Theater, Evolving Arts Theater, Mainstage Theater, Discovery World and Knickerbocker Theater.

Anne-René’s approach to teaching contemporary/modern dance and her creative process integrates the concepts of the Alexander Technique. The dancer is encouraged to identify and change inefficient habitual patterns in order to access resiliency, expansion, risk taking and the freedom to explore the range of motion and expression in the body. The dancer will gain clarity, efficiency, softness, strength and truth in movement, breath and performance quality. Sculpted Motion creates choreographic works that stimulate the viewer viscerally, emotionally and kinesthetically by using movement containing strong circular shapes, organic undertones and rich details with an athletic and sensuous aesthetic.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet | BFA at Dominican, Discovery Program, LINES Day, Summer Program, Training Program