Contemporary Moves Beginners

Dive into the world of contemporary dance.

Start building a relationship with your body-mind.

Photo by Laurent Ziegler


Contemporary Moves Beginners is an exclusive study group oriented for beginners/newcomers. A process-oriented program that is centred around contemporary dance and movement research. Cultivating body intelligence and physical expression as well as a general sense of trust in one's self are the core of the program.

The year-long program is a professional training that is open for any person regardless of age or background and is designed specifically to accommodate the needs of complete beginners without any dance background.

The program aims to help each individual develop their physical intelligence and refine artistic skills in dance and performing art. The unique blend of different teaching modalities and pedagogical approaches within the Movement Lab will enable each student to gain extensive understanding and experience in the following: contemporary dance, movement based exploration methods, partnering and performance practice.

Besides that, the program supports the cultivation of presence through touch and the development of non-verbal communication skills - a process that provides a robust foundation necessary for future engagements in the field of embodiment and touch based healing modalities.

The Program’s Structure

The program constitutes two core modules that are being taught 1.5 hours per week and lasts for 36 weeks. The core modules are built as a gradual process of accumulation of knowledge and skills.

Together the two modules are an in-depth process oriented learning experience.

For detailed information about each model Click here for the full curriculum.


October 2024 - June 2025


Tuesdays, 17:30-20:45



Including in the program's fee are all the classes, free entry to the weekly jam, 25% discount coupon for our online courses, Q&A session and individual feedback session.

Teacher's Team

Matan Levkowich

Matan is a dancer, graphic designer and the host of ‘Material For The Brain’ podcast. In 2015 he founded Movement Lab - a vehicle for movement education, choreographic work and discursive inquiry. His practice is influenced by his enthusiasm for physical and theoretical research and revolves around the question of how to develop a meaningful relationship with the body-mind.

Elda Maria Gallo

Elda is an Italian dancer, performer and emerging choreographer involved in artistic creations for adults as well as for young audience.

Besides working for different choreographers in Austria and abroad she pursues her artistic research about the division and the link between human and nature.

Elina Lautamäki

Elina has been living and working in Vienna since 2012. She studied pop/jazz singing as well as music education for several years in Finland. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna she obtained her Master's degree in music and movement education. She works in the fields of music, dance and performance with different artists and groups.

Christa Stöffelbauer

Christa Stöffelbauer is a dancer, performer, dance facilitator and produces dance performances in collaboration with artists from different disciplines. She studied contemporary stage dance, movement pedagogy and social work in Kassel and Vienna. As co-founder of several artistic collectives, she researches approaches in her work that seek the connections between the body, dance and socio-political issues.

Application is open!

The Info Evening for the upcoming study group cycle took place already.

You can watch the recording of the info evening down below.

If you have watched the info evening and would like to apply,

click on the button below where you will be able to do the following:

1. Schedule a personal short meeting with us.

2. Fill the application form with your infos and the programs you want to join.

Movement Lab Open Day

There is nothing like a direct embodied experience.

Join classes with our team for free and learn more about our programs!

13th of June 2024, 10:00, Studio Samdrubling - Friedrich-Kaiser-Gasse 74, 1160

13th of June 2024, 17:30, Volksschule Schönngasse, Schönngasse 2, 1020

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