FORMER PRINCIPAL SOLOIST OF BERLIN OPERA BALLET
BALLET TEACHER "WITH SPECIAL NOTORIETY" DIPLOMA - MINISTRY OF CULTURE, FRANCE
INNOVATION AND PRESERVATION IN DANCE AWARD - MINISTRY OF CULTURE, FRANCE
FONDATION YVES BRIEUX-USTARITZ PRICE - LA FONDATION DE FRANCE
HONORARY MEMBER OF CORPS DE BALLET INTERNATIONAL - USA
Alexandre Munz was principal soloist with the Berlin Opera Ballet (Deutsche Oper Berlin), many renowned international choreographers created dances for him. He portrayed lead roles for choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, George Balanchine, Hans Van Manen, Nacho Duato, August Bournonville, Agrippina Vaganova, Maurice Béjart, John Neumeier, Roland Petit, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Karol Armitage, Moses Pendleton, Kurt Joos, Harris Mandafounis, Molissa Fenley, Peter Schaufuss...
Unfortunately, his dance education at the Paris Opera Ballet School in the 1980s was a time when dance medicine had not yet taken shape. After experiencing chronic injuries along his career, he decided to stop compromising his body. Alexandre was compelled to seek knowledge and gain an understanding of tridimensional body functioning. The positive impacts on his own body were so rapid and profound as a result of his research that he formalized a new pedagogical approach branded under the name S.A.F.E® (Spine Advanced Functional Empowerment).
As part of the cutting edge of international somatic practices today, SAFE® FLOOR (spine reinforcement), SAFE® BARRE (ballet barre training incorporating modern biomechanics) and SAFE® MOVE (new tools for contemporary dance-making) are solicited by French national ballet companies, universities in Europe and the USA, prestigious European dance institutes, and sport institutes at the highest level. SAFE® was initially implemented in Paris toward the community of adult beginners, Alexandre still trains non-professional adults weekly since 2004 as well as elderly people, persons with health issues or suffering from neuro-degenerative disease. SAFE® is now a multi awarded approach largely acknowledged for its powerful therapeutic impacts.
Photo credit - Maison Munz
Since December 2016, Alexandre Munz is a permanent resident of the United States under the status of "Extraordinary Ability".