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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Your Inner Dancer


By Columnist Dana Rader – Exercise Physiologist, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer:


Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

So far we have touched on the “intention” of the methods, the “playfulness” of movement and creating “energy” through our motion. Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods was a classical dancer, and in creating his methods, wanted everyone to be able to experience dance in their own bodies. Adrianna Thompson, who is one of the creators of the GYROTONIC® applications to dancer program told me, “Juliu wants everyone to dance and feel their bodies fly.”

Yes, I work with many dancers, both professional and pre-professional as well as dance students and teachers in my practice. However, I also work with clients that have never danced a day in their lives. Many clients that have said to me, “my mum would not let me do dance for one reason or another; be it coordination, knock knees or feet issues. Therefore, I never got the chance to experience dancing.” The desire to dance is there for everyone. Just look around at how popular the various barre workouts are becoming today.

The methods we have been discussing allow an individual to experience dance technique from the inside out, and discover what it feels like to be in your own body. The GYROKINESIS® method was originally called “yoga for dancers” therefore it flows and involves continuous movement like a dance routine. It is accessible for everyone, with beginner classes beginning seated and then proceeding to the floor, and finishing with standing combinations.

Juliu dreamed of creating equipment that could enable dancers to perform a better pirouette. From that dream the GYROTONIC® pulley tower unit evolved. Interestingly enough it not only helped dancers improve their performance as well as avoid injuries, but created an exercise system where non-dancers can dance and allow their spirits to fly.

Regardless of your age, ability, or dance experience, the methods will awaken your dancer within through a holistic approach that teaches better body awareness, flexibility, strength and conditioning. So if you missed out as a child, there is still time to learn and discover your inner dancer.

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