Alena Chládková

Alena Chládková

I started dancing when I was seven and went in for classical ballet for a few years. After that I went through many courses and workshops of various dance styles – modern dance, jazz dance, belly dance, contact improvisation, Persian dance, Hilal dance, fire dance, pole dance... I still pursue some of these from time to time. But my heart belongs to the unrestrained joy of African dance.

I met up with African dance in 2005 when I started attending dance classes led by Tereza Pospěchová in Brno. It was love at first movement. Since then I learnt from many European lectors  (Marta Zlámaná, Blanka Bartoszová, Christa Flaig, Natascha Noack, Anett Hofmann, Nizoucha, Monika Rebcová) as well as African dancers (Mohamed Bangoura, Anani Sangoui, Oumou Mariko, Namysa Oularé). During 2006 – 2012 I visited West Africa - Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Gambia – four times, spending there 9 months altogether. I attended several dance workshops and took private lessons from local dancers. It was particularly my stay in Guinea where I spent most time, which was not only a great dance experience but an invaluable life lesson as well. Besides dance, I was involved in development projects – I coordinated  a child sponsorship program and took part in agriculture and health care projects. Thanks to that I had enough time and opportunities to know African life from various perspectives. In 2013, I spent one month in Cuba, dedicating myself to Yoruba, an Afro-Cuban dance.

Since 2008 I have been running regular African dance lessons at the Leisure Time Centre Lužánky in Brno plus weekend workshops in various towns and cities throughout the Czech Republic. From 2008 I also started playing and dancing in Tubabu, a Brno-based band led by Broňa Pavlíček until 2013. Since summer 2014 I have led my own dance studio called Bosorka in Brno, where are my courses and also other lector´s courses.

I am a social care worker by profession and I have been gradually interconnecting dance with my profession. Currently I am finishing four-year training in Dance Movement Therapy in Prague. African dance fascinates me by its naturalness and power that help you open up to perceive your own body more deeply and discover its real potential.