Dancer / Choreographer / Dance Educator (USA)
Born in Los Angeles, Anneliese Charek has been studying and performing for the past 25 years. She began her dance training at a young age at the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, with a focus on Ballet. Until the age of 18, she went through PAC’s professional dance training program, studying six days a week and performing throughout the year. During this time she was also invited to join the Joffrey Ballet’s children cast for two seasons of the Nutcracker. Later on, she discovered contemporary dance and received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts for performance/choreography and production. There she was trained by notable dancers and choreographers including; Tina Yuan (of Alvin Ailey), Glen Eddy (Nederlands Dans Theater), Colin Connor (Limon), Lyndon Branaugh (Martha Graham Company) , Jeffrey Gerodias (Alvin Ailey) , Rachel Berman (Paul Taylor Dance Company) and more.During her dance training she participated and performed in various workshops and festivals around the world; American Dance Festival, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Thodos Dance Chicago, Holly Johnson’s Ledges and Bones Intensive (Los Angeles), International Contemporary Dance Workshop Prague.
Upon graduating from CalArts she joined the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, performing locally and abroad with them for two years. After moving abroad in 2009, she began working with local dancers in the Czech republic and by teaching ballet to young learners in Thailand.
In 2103 she co-founded the community art space Basement t 6 Collective (which has housed numerous exhibitions and art happenings from international and local artists). In 2014 she founded SLATE contemporary dance company, with the hopes of developing the contemporary dance scene in Shanghai. Since it’s beginning the company has performed six of her works locally. In 2015 she completed a residency with the Suzhou Dance Company, where she also created a commissioned piece for their company. Also in 2015 she created and curated the five month long performance series IN THE FLESH, with it’s first season hosted at Minsheng Art Museum. Currently, she works as a freelance dance instructor for children and adults in Shanghai while performing and running workshops through her group SLATE. Anneliese is currently attending Shanghai Theater Academy on a full scholarship for a Master’s in Intercultural Communications Studies.