Barbora Kohoutková was born in Prague and throughout her very active childhood practiced ballet, gymnastics and various sports. She started her ballet training, and in fact her career, at the ballet school of the National Theatre of Prague. During this time she appeared as a young actress in film and television. From the age of 4, she performed many children’s roles in ballet and opera performances. Through these early formative experiences, she discovered her love and passion for dancing.
At the age of 10, she began studying at the Dance Conservatory in Prague. While still in school, she took part in several international dance competitions and was awarded many prizes, such as the Grand Prix at the Paris International Ballet Competition, First Prize and the Grand Prix in Helsinki and at the New York International Ballet Competition, among others.
In 1996, at the age of 17, she was offered a position as a principal dancer at the Finnish National Ballet, where she danced for six years. In 2000, she was awarded the “Fazer Prize” and in 2002 the “Philip Morris Best Artist Award”. Her repertory includes leading roles from classical and neoclassical repertory; Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile from Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Blue Ballerina from Ballet Pathétique…and she had the possibility to work with many renowned ballet masters and pedagogues. Barbora has danced as a guest artist with the company of La Scala, at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, and in international galas throughout the world.
Barbora performed as a guest artist with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and then danced with the company for one year. In 2003 she became a soloist with the Boston Ballet and then in 2004, at the invitation of John Neumeier, she joined the Hamburg Ballet as a principal dancer where she performed until 2008.
In 2008, Barbara has decided for health reasons to end her professional ballet careers and began to fully devote herself to the study of movement methods Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. Meanwhile she started to work also as a teacher of classical ballet in dance schools and companies such as Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Finnish National Ballet, Prague National Theatre, English National Ballet School, the Beijing Dance Academy…and on a variety of summer courses etc.
In the year 2008 she became a certified instructor of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis.
During her ballet career, Barbora has faced many injuries, tried different kinds of rehabilitation systems and therapies, but it was Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis that has opened her the way to self-healing. Discovered the positive effect of this method for the prevention of accidents and post-traumatic recovery, she started to pass on her experience not only to dancers, but also to the general public. After a year of intense work with the methods of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis in the year 2009 returned to a professional ballet career, from September 2010, she partially served a year as ballet master at the National Theatre in Prague and then began to once again guest on the international stages of the Vienna State Opera, Finnish National Ballet, the Tokyo Ballet…as a principal dancer and guest teacher. In the year of 2014 – 2016 has been a regular guest at the Aalto Theatre in Essen and at the same time in Prague opened a studio „Art of Movement“. The first studio with Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise in the Czech republic.
In 2016 with her first pregnancy she concluded her professional dance career and is dedicated to only teaching practice. Furthermore educates herself in the direction of the dance and sports medicine, new approaches to the development of physical intelligence, organizes seminars, workshops, and keeps developing her studio.
|GYROKINESIS® Apprentice||10/17/2008||Anke Hauerstein|
|GYROKINESIS® Trainer||9/25/2009||Juliu Horvath|
Courses – Gyrotonic
|GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Training Course||10/31/2008||Britta Marten|
|GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Course||12/3/2008||Abel Horvath|
|GYROTONIC® Applications for the Pelvic Girdle||10/1/2009||Paul Horvath|
|GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certificate Course||10/6/2009||Gina Muensterkoetter|
|Gyrotonic Level 2 Pre-Training Course (legacy)||5/30/2010||Gina Muensterkoetter|
|GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board Course||12/12/2013||Sergio Honorio|
|GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course||5/13/2016||Aline Goeppert|
|GYROTONIC® Level 1 Update Course||5/13/2016||Aline Goeppert|
|Gyrotonic Level 2 Course (legacy)||6/17/2011||Elena Spaziani|
|GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course||4/3/2018||Aline Goeppert|
|GYROTONIC® Level 2, Program 1 Course||3/30/2018||Aline Goeppert|
Courses – Gyrokinesis
|GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Pre-Training Course||8/22/2008||Britta Marten|
|GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Final Certificate Course||9/25/2009||Juliu Horvath|
|GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Foundation Course||10/17/2008||Anke Hauerstein|
|GYROKINESIS® Breathing Course (legacy)||10/9/2011||Juliu Horvath|
|GYROKINESIS® Rejuvenation Course||5/27/2013||Juliu Horvath|
|GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Update Course||5/8/2016||Dylan Elmore|
|GYROKINESIS® Essentials- Part 1||4/8/2018||Miriam Friedrich Honorio|