Hrafnhildur Einarsdóttir took over the management of Klassíski listdansskólinn in the autumn of 2017. In the same year, she founded Dansgarðurinn, an umbrella project that manages Klassíski listdansskólinn, FWD Youth Company, Dance for All and Óskandi. Hrafnhildur graduated with a BA in dance art and choreography from Trinity Laban in London, in the spring of 2009. She has worked as an independent dance artist and choreographer, both with her own projects and with dance groups both in Iceland and abroad. She is also part of Interferencia's research project on performance art. Hrafnhildur has been on the board of the Reykjavík Dance Festival since 2011, and has also been on the board of FÍLD - the Association of Icelandic Dance Artist and the board of the Association for a Dance House in Iceland. Hrafnhildur has taught at Klassíski listdansskólinn for a long time, but she has also taught courses for children and adults in Italy, Sweden, Norway and Mexico. Hrafnhildur is passionate about building a stronger dance community in Iceland and continues to build the education system around dance art for children and young dancers in Iceland as well as increasing access to dance for the general public and all children.
Phone: +354 861-7236
Ernesto Camilo Aldazabal Valdes
Assistant principal, head of the modern art dance department and teacher
Ernesto Camilo was born in Cuba in 1990. He graduated from La Escuela Nacional de Arte (Dance School in Cuba) as a dance teacher and dancer. In 2008 he started working for the dance group "Danza Espiral" in Cuba. Camilo went to Mexico as a teacher and dancer in 2010. In 2011 he came to Iceland where he participated in various shows and courses. In 2012 he worked for one year at Point Dansstudíó in Akureyri as a modern dance teacher. At that time he also worked on two dance works with Anna Richardsdóttir, Inanna, Ereskigal, Oggun, Freyja and did a children's piece. In 2013 he started working as a modern dance teacher at Klassíski listdansskólinn and is still there. At that time Camilo also taught for Salsa Iceland and was invited to dance and teach at two salsa congresses in Norway and Sweden. In 2016, Camilo worked as a choreographer and dancer with Forward Youth Company in the dance piece RITMO. He played in Áramótaskaupið (the icelandic New Year's sketch show) in 2016. Camilo has worked as a dancer and actor for the Borgarleikhúsið (City theatre in Reykjavík), Þjóleikhúsið (National theatre of Iceland), the Icelandic Dance Company and the Icelandic Opera. In 2019, he was nominated for Actor of the Year in Sögur - The Children's Award Ceremony and Dancer of the Year at Gríman.
Phone: +354 896-0930
Head of the classical art dance department and teacher
Yannier Oviedo was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. He started dancing ballet at the age of 8 and won silver and gold medals at the International Ballet Competition in Havana. Yannier graduated as a ballet dancer and teacher from Ena University of Havana in 2010 and was hired as a dancer in the Ballet de Camaguey. In 2011, he was chosen by a large group of dancers to dance in the Ballet Revolution and danced with them all over the world. Yannier has been in Iceland since 2013, teaching ballet in several schools, dancing in the Borgarleikhúsið and with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Aude Busson has been the project manager of Dansgarðurinn since 2017. Aude is in charge of "Dance for all" and of the goal of making dance more accessible. Aude is in charge of dance education days for the primary schools, Mjóddamamma, Dance Day at the Children's Culture Festival, Forward Youth Company and the student council of Klassíski listdansskólinn. Aude graduated with a BA in Theatre and Performance Making from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2011. She had previously completed DEUG's degree in Theater and Film Studies from the University of Rennes II, France, in 2001. Since graduating in 2011, Aude has worked as a director, supervisor and project manager. She is interested in creating shows and events based on audience participation, where the performers are not professionals or are for / with children. She has worked with several performing arts groups and also on her own works of art, for example I love Reykjavík, family walking exhibition, 2014. Aude has been on the board of Assitej in Iceland since 2013. She has taken on the artistic direction of Ungi, festival for children, in 2014 and was nominated for the DV Cultural Award. Aude was also the project manager for Unglingurinn in RDF from 2014-2016.
Ellen Harpa Kristinsdóttir
Ellen began studying dance at the Ballet School of Guðbjörg Björgvin. She graduated from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (junior college) in 2005. After that she took a year in Klassíski listdansskólinn in the contemporary program and from there she went to London where she completed a BA degree in dance art from Trinity Laban, 2010. Since then she has organized dance classes and performances. She teaches ballet, modern dance and creative dance. In 2018, she graduated with an MA degree in Practical Cultural Communication from the University of Iceland.
Alma Kristín Ólafsdóttir
Alma Kristín began her ballet studies at Klassíski listdansskólinn, in 2000, when she was four years old. She graduated from the school's Junior college program in 2012. In 2016, the FWD Youth Company was founded and Alma Kristín has been a member since then. She has been teaching classical ballet at the school since 2015. Alma Kristín has attended summer courses abroad, both in Copenhagen and London. She is currently studying nursing at the University of Iceland as well as working in the heart department of Landspítali.
Andrea Urður Hafsteinsdóttir
Andrea Urður began her ballet studies at the Sigríður Ármann Ballet School when she was four years old. At the age of 9, she moved to Listdansskóli Íslands and has danced with FWD Youth Company since 2017. Andrea started teaching ballet in 2014 in Klifið, which is a creative center for various art courses, where she taught students aged 3-7. In the summer of 2016, Andrea organized and directed a creative course for children aged 5-12, where great emphasis was placed on creative dance along with other art forms. Last autumn, Andrea started teaching in the preschool at Ballettskóli Guðbjörg Björgvins, now Óskandi, and primary level in Klassíski listdansskólinn in 2019. Andrea Urður is also a law student at the University of Iceland.
Anna Kolfinna Kuran
Anna Kolfinna Kuran is a self-employed dancer and choreographer. She graduated with a BA degree from the contemporary dance program of the Iceland University of the Arts in 2013. After graduating, she has worked on various projects in collaboration with others or on her own projects both as an author and performer. Her works take on different forms where the flow between media, disciplines and methods is clear, the main emphasis, however, lies in the visual and physical. The recurring themes in her work are to explore issues related to the woman's body and contemporary feminism. Anna Kolfinna is one of the founders of the performing arts groups Dætur og Kraftverk who have worked on various exhibitions in recent years. For the past three years, Anna Kolfinna has focused on a personal project entitled The Women's Landscape, where she researches the relationship between gender and space. In addition to this project, Anna Kolfinna has also collaborated with other artists, including performing as a performer in the work Atómsstjarna which was shown in Ásmundarsalur at the Art Festival 2018 and made the piece Allar mínar syster for the youth dance group Forward Youth Company which was shown at the festival Únglingurinn at Hafnarhúsið 2018. In the spring of 2017, she completed a theoretical master's program at NYU in performance studies.
Bjartey Elín Hauksdóttir
This is Bjartey. She is 19 years old and has been practicing dance since the age of five. Then she started at Klassíski listdansskólinn and graduated from there in 2016. In the autumn after graduation she did not go far beyond the walls of the school but then she started dancing with FWD which is a youth dance group that also works within Dansgarðurinn. She has been there ever since, but she is one of the founders of the group in the beginning. She is currently studying contemporary dance at the Iceland University of the Arts as well as being in FWD. She teaches in the pre school and also teaches point classes at the junior college program at Klasssíski listdansskólinn. She has never left school since she first came there when she was 5 years old.
Eydís Rose Vilmundardóttir
Eydís Rose Vilmundardóttir is a self-employed dancer and artist. She graduated with a BA degree in contemporary dance from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2016. She took a year off from studying in Iceland to study dance theater in England 2014-2015 under the direction of Jasmin Vardimon Company. She has had the honor of working with artists such as Jasmin Vardimon, Athanasia Kanellopoulou, Marilena Dara, Mafalda Deville, Saga Sigurðardóttir and Lucie Vigneault.
Guðrún Svava Kristinsdóttir
Guðrún Svava Kristinsdóttir is a graduate dancer and dance teacher from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City, she is one of the few teachers with these qualification in Europe. Guðrún Svava was also a dancer with Graham II, a student dance group of the Martha Graham Dance Company with whom she also trained.
Guðrún Svava is also a yoga teacher and Pilates teacher and places special emphasis on good and correct application of the body based on each person's physique, but she has attended numerous courses in how to prevent and rehabilitate injuries with dancers in mind.
In recent years, Guðrún Svava has taught and built up her own courses at the Iceland University of the Arts in the acting department, dance department and music department, and created a special course in anatomy for dancers that she has taught for all year groups since 2013.
Guðrún Svava is also an engineer by education and recently graduated from Cornell University in New York with a dual MS in Information Science and Information Systems.
Due to her diverse experience in the technology and art sector, she puts a lot of effort into her courses so that each individual can enjoy themselves mentally, physically and intellectually.
Guðrún Svava puts a lot of effort into the technical development of dancers and uses years of experience from New York in this context. She also emphasizes the rhythm and musical sensitivity of her students mixed with the performance and theatrical expression of the dance.
Hildur Björk Möller
Hildur Björk started working at Klassíski listdansskólinn in 2009 and has mainly taught point shoe classes as well as teaching classical ballet. Hildur has taught most age groups throughout the years. She has been teaching students who are taking their first steps on point shoes and those who are more advanced. Hildur Björk is a former student of Klassíski listdansskólinn and graduated from there in 2009. In 2010 she participated in a ballet show in London with the National Youth Ballet. Hildur Björk has taught ballet alongside with her university studies and work over the years. She has completed a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Reykjavík University and an MA in Study and Career Counseling from the University of Iceland. Hildur Björk enjoys teaching and enjoys seeing the progress of her students.
Hrund Elíasdóttir has worked at Klassíski listdansskólinn since 2013. She teaches ballet and has taught all age groups. Hrund began studying ballet at the age of 5 at the Edda Scheving Ballet School and moved to Klassíski listdansskólinn at the age of 16, where she graduated from the Junior college porgram in 2010. She also studied at the Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris in France. In addition to teaching, she has a BA degree in Literature and French from the University of Iceland. She attended a ballet teacher training course at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in the summer of 2017 and was part of the FWD youth company in the winter of 2017-18.
Katla learned and trained her body in classical ballet from childhood and began teaching early on under the guidance of Guðbjörg Asdridar Skúladóttir, the founder of Klassíski listdansskólinn. Teaching bacame her passion and she graduated from the University of Teacher Education in 2001. Later, when Katla discovered modern dance, she went to Laban Trinity, London, where she graduated with a master's degree in dance and teaching in 2006. Since then she has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Katla founded the dance group Dari Dari Dance Company and produced and performed with them three completed works, all of which were shown at dance festivals across Europe. Despite this success, the clown's heart always beat in the body of the modern dancer. When Katla worked in Italy as a dancer, she got to know the circus better and it was not long before she began to shine brightly at the biggest street art festivals in Europe as a balanced acrobat and acrobatic dancer. In 2009, she founded Sirkus Íslands together with others and led them until 2012 when she decided to turn to other projects. In 2015, she began working with the Fidget Feet Irish acrobatics and circus group on the work Fjaðrafok, which was produced in collaboration with Bíbí and Blaka. Since then, the work has taken off and has already been shown over 100 times in 10 countries. Katla enjoys teaching and has taught at Klassíski listdansskólinn now at Dansgarðurinn for over 20 years and is always looking forward to welcoming a new group of students in the autumn and following them around the world of dance.
Sara Katrín Kristjánsdóttir
Sara Katrín was born and raised in Reykjavík and started ballet with Edda Scheving when she was 5 years old. Later she moved to gymnastics and trained with the gymnastics club Gerpla for a few years. As a teenager, she returned to ballet at Klassíski listdansskólinn and graduated from there in 2011 with a modern degree. Sara Katrín teaches 3 to 7 year old children ballet and contemporary dance at Klassíski listdansskólinn and has been doing so since 2014. She also taught contemporary dance in kindergartens in 2018 through Dansgarðurinn. In 2015, she worked for Hreyfing for 2 years as a group class teacher, teaching group classes from Zumba to strength and endurance classes. At the same time, she also acquired Zumba and Zumba-kids rights. In 2017, she completed a B.Sc degree in sports science from Reykjavík University and now works as a sports and health scientist in Heilsuborg. In addition, Sara Katrín practices Crossfit and long-distance running and aims to run Laugavegur 2019 (super marathon - 55 km) for the second year in a row as well as aiming for a final exam in piano at the first opportunity.
Sóley Frostadóttir graduated with a BA in contemporary dance from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2017. She also studied at SEAD in Salzburg and Northern Ballet School in Manchester. In her MA studies in practical editing and publishing, she started publishing a new journal on choreography and performance art.
Her installation A Discourse on Embodiment was staged at Choreo-Talks in Mengi at the Reykjavik Dance Festival 2017. Her video work Litmynd was shown at the Children's Culture Festival in Reykjavík 2019. The work Ceremony 1 was shown at Midpunkt, at Gerðarsafn and at the Christmas exhibition in Ásmundarsalur 2019. Her latest work Festa was shown in February 2020 at the Reykjavík Art Museum. In addition to working as a choreographer and dancer, Sóley has taught ballet since 2013 as well as choreography and dance history, both at Dansgarðurinn and Kramhúsið. She attended a ballet teacher training course at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Yelena Arakelow graduated in 2018 with a BA in Contemporary Dance from the Iceland University of Arts in Reykjavik. Since then she has been working as a freelance dance artist both individually and in multidisciplinary collaborations. Together with Patrik Kelemen (HU) Meta_Surge a group dance improvisation piece was performed in Budapest in February 2020.
In her individual work she focuses on the integration of movement. She is fascinated by the mobility of dance. Her latest solo project ‘got nothing to say’ (winter 2019) on the mobility of text was performed in Dansverkstæðið and Studio Loos in The Hague.
Currently she is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is working on a covid-19 dance improvisation performance “pleasurable”, performing at Reykjavík Listasafn for Andreas Brunner, ‘Havn’t Crash Landed Yet’ and is teaching movement mobility inspired by Capoeira and Dance Improvisation workshops.