As Principal soloist at the Berlin Opera Ballet, Alexandre Munz trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School in the early 80’s before the emergence of somatic practices and modern dance in France. Ten years later, after an intense international career, Munz leads in the cutting edge of contemporary international somatic practices, initially created to self-heal from chronic pathologies and migraines developed during ballet training.
Now, as choreographer and a educator, his innovative pedagogy S.A.F.E.™ – Spine Advanced Functional Empowerment – received a grant by the French Ministry of Culture to implement a major research and development project in partnership with national institutes, gathering health experts, high-level dancers and athletes. A scientific treatise of this work is archived at the Centre National de la Danse.
S.A.F.E. Floor™ (a somatic practice), SAFE Barre™ (a barre training preserving legacy) and SAFE Graphysiology™ (tools for dance-making through the use of mental imagery) are based on the spine’s spiral concept and the activation of a neuromuscular reflex that allow muscles to generate contraction and relaxation simultaneously (reflex of reciprocal innervation). With this interactive muscular concept, dancers automatically strengthen deeper muscles while enhancing their body-perception in tridimensional patterns. Munz’s methods are currently utilized by dancers and high-level athletes in Europe and in the United States.
In 2013, Alexandre Munz was chosen by President Alkis Raftis to become a member of the UNESCO International Dance Council. And in 2014, he was appointed an Honorary Member of CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.