The European Association for Dispokinesis (EGD) was founded in 1993 with the purpose of giving Dispokinesis and its possibilities an environment for experience and further development through internal exchange, further continuing the work of Gerrit Onne van de Klashorst, who began in the 1960s to provide musicians with the approach he developed in seminars and a post-academic training course.
Numerous dispokineticians from the EGD are active at educational institutions such as universities (Musikhochschule Köln, Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen, Hochschule der Künste Zürich, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg), music schools, clinics (Rhön Klinikum) and professional orchestras.
The EGD and its members regularly offer events (seminars and workshops) presenting various topics. There, musicians have the opportunity to experience the “Urgestalten” (original shapes of posture, breathing and movement) and their effects applied on the instrument, musicianship and personal expressiveness. This includes both preventive and therapeutic handling of physical problems, as well as good stage presence and possibilities for retraining with focal dystonia.
In addition, the dispokinetic approach is addressed in its therapeutic and educational significance for musical mediation or instrumental and voice lessons.
Furthermore, the EGD offers additional post-academic training as a dispokinetician since 1997. In this three-year course, an in-depth personal training path is initially carried out through the elements of Dispokinesis. After the qualification in Dispokenesis on one’s own instrument is acquired with the first Certificate, the second certificate qualifies the dispokinetician to work with all instruments, as wells as vocalists and conductors.
Another important aspect is the further development of Dispokinesis through the exchange of members in the context of regular internal training. The EGD organizes courses for further training for dispokineticians twice a year.
An overview of trained dispokineticians can be viewed here.