Our School Team

Clare Guss-West

Today we introduce Clare Guss-West who will be teaching during the August Ballet Teachers Summer Intensive 

Clare Guss-West is a former professional dancer, international choreographer, opera director, holistic health practitioner, and author specializing in the integration of holistic health, science, and dance. 

Clare’s work translates high-performance attentional focus research for application in professional dance and dance-based health. She provides dancers, teachers, coaches and musicians with mindful strategies to optimize attentional focus, energy and effort in performance. She delivers this work for such companies and institutions as The Royal Ballet, UK, Houston Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Danish Royal Ballet School, Mosa Ballet School, Belgium, the Pôle Superieure de Danse, Rosella Hightower, France and the Royal Academy of Dance.   

She runs multiple Dance for Health programmes such as #Seniorstars at Bern Ballet and Connect – dancing with neurological challenges for Zurich Ballet and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and teaches adapted strategies for dance for health application with all publics for the MAS Dance Science, Institute of Sports Science, Bern University and the University Diploma in ‘Dance, Health & Aging’ for the University Côte d'Azur, France.  

Chair and founder of IADMS Dance for Health committee and director and founder of the Dance & Creative Wellness’ Foundation, she advocates internationally for dance as an innovative healthcare practice.  www.attentionfocusindance.com