Isabel von Rittberg, artistic director and innovator of The AscenDance Project grew up in Wuppertal, Germany. Inspired by Pina Bausch, one of the world’s foremost authorities on modern dance, Isabel began dancing at a young age. But dance didn’t entirely satisfy her need to express herself. Possessing the spirit of a dancer and the soul of a climber, Isabel was driven to create the AscenDance project, where she could integrate the two separate but complementary parts of herself. In 2006, Isabel started AscenDance in California’s Bay Area; in November of 2011, she moved her brainchild to Boulder.
Climbers, dancers and anyone else wishing to take their workout experiences to new heights should check out Dance-Climb Fusion. This innovative class is sure to challenge your body, as well as your brain, as you climb to music, master sequences and learn to overcome gravity with style, tricks and fluidity. Class begins with yoga stretching, core work and a high intensity cardio warm-up consisting of jumping jacks, windmills and toe touches that get your heart pumping. You chalk up your hands for the next part of this class and traverse back and forth across the custom climbing wall. After mastering your traverse with grace and precision, you close your eyes and traverse again in order to feel the movement without self judgment. Read the article