Institutions

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Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

For more than 50 years, the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich has stood for a solid and comprehensive education. We have offered the Vocational Education for Dancers  course as a six semester Bachelors degree since 2011. Prior to this, a Youth Study Program can be taken that prepares young students for the bachelors degree. It is vital in today’s vocational dance education that, alongside classical training, elements of modern and contemporary dance are not lacking. The Ballet Academy uses a wide-ranging training concept that also integrates theoretical and interdisciplinary subjects. The Ballet Academy offers the following courses: classical dance, pointe/technique, stage practice, modern/contemporary dance, character dance, historical dance, acting, music theory, dance medicine including dance-specific physical training and dance history. > MORE

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Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC)

The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC) is an independent space for Contemporary Dance situated in the heart of Egypt’s capital. The center hosts the first full-time Contemporary Dance school in all of Africa and the Arab world and in addition to this 3-year, full-time professional training program, CCDC also offers artistic residencies, open classes , and workshops in various dance and movement disciplines. CCDC also organizes and participates in public performances and festivals regionally and internationally.
CCDC was founded in 2012 by Egyptian choreographer, dancer, and teacher Karima Mansour . Both the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (under the umbrella of MAAT for Contemporary Art) and Karima Mansour herself are recognized members of the UNESCO International Dance Council. > MORE

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Centre for Contemporary Dance, HfMT Cologne

The Centre for Contemporary Dance is an interdisciplinary centre for artistic and scientific research. Based on the practice of dance, the ZZT expands the knowledge of the body, movement, dance and performance and develops artistic, intermediary  and scientific event formats in cooperation with other institutions and partners. Housed at the University of Music and Dance Cologne, the ZZT orientates itself, through its curricula, towards a contemporary everyday reality in which interdisciplinarity is understood as an effective tool and students are exposed to perspectives from a spectrum of disciplines . Through reflecting on positions of artistic dance practice and perspectives of dance education and dance studies, students develop practical artistic skills as well as scientific research skills and learn how to articulate them in their profession. > MORE

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École des Sables, Toubab Dialaw

Ecole des Sables in Senegal, the International Center for Traditional and Contemporary Dance in Africa, is both a school of theoretical and practical education and a research laboratory, a place for meetings and exchanges, conferences and residences artistic. It was created in 1998 by Germaine Acogny, and her husband Helmut Vogt. Since then, Ecole des Sables regularly organizes professional training courses bringing together dancers and choreographers from Africa, its Diaspora and the world. The workspace consists of two large dance studios, one with a sand floor and the other with a professional western dance floor. The Center also has a modular conference room to host seminars, conferences and dance classes / creations. The school has 24 accommodation bungalows with a total capacity of 72 people divided into three “villages”. It is located in Senegal next to the coastal village of Toubab Dialaw, 50 km south of Dakar.  > MORE

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Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen

Since 1927, the Folkwang University of the Arts has brought different areas and disciplines of art together. It is the biggest education facility for music, theatre, dance, design and research. Studying at Folkwang means studying in special places – with campuses and venues in Essen, Duisberg, Bochum and Dortmund, Folkwang is firmly anchored in the Ruhr metropolis. Folkwang offers around 40 degrees courses and programs, most of which are internationally recognised bachelors and masters degrees or artist diplomas. There are also doctorate and post doctorate programs, as well as different further education courses. Our approximately 1,600 students come from almost every country in the world, and have access to over 400 international teachers. In addition to receiving an excellent education, you will always keep sight of the central element of the Folkwang University of the Arts: the interdisciplinary collaboration between different disciplines, the variety of the diversity of the members of the university and active exchange of information that takes place between everyone. > MORE

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Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main

The department of contemporary and classical dance (ZuKT) of the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main is one of three departments for performing arts and includes the degree courses BA Dance, MA CoDE (Masters in Contemporary Dance Education) and MA CuP (Masters in Choreography and Performance). The promotion  of contemporary art is one of the key messages in the mission statement of the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main, and is reflected in the outline of the BA Dance degree course. Our goal is the education and individual advancement of creative and expressive dance personalities who have a strong command over a wide range of dance styles, from classical to contemporary, and who can apply their skills effortlessly. In this course , they will develop the ability to creatively design artistic work processes and will become capable of reflecting on themselves and on the art form of dance in an interdisciplinary context, as well as in social and historical contexts. Over the course of their studies, students will be supported and encouraged to develop social and political commitments, confidently and responsibly engage with groups and positively shape group processes. > MORE

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Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

The close connection between academic education and professional artistic practice characterizes the three study courses “Dance, Context, Choreography“ (Bachelor of Arts), “Solo/Dance/Authorship“ (Master of Arts) and “Choreography“ (Master of Arts) at the HZT Berlin. The study courses offer an experimental approach to study, combine practice-led artistic and research driven education, and practical career guidance. It provides a practice led and research driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Nurturing individual artistic development, the contextualisation and critical reflexion of art and art practice are integral components of the curricula. Focus is placed on creatively and critically addressing what dance, performance and choreography are and can be as art forms, in today’s diverse social and cultural environments. The HZT is primarily located at the Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding. Thus providing an umbrella for education, professional artistic production and dissemination, which facilitates the exchange between artists, students and the public, at one location. THE HZT Berlin is the joint responsibility of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch“ (HfS) in cooperation with TanzRaumBerlin, a network of the professional dance scene. > MORE

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Invisible Center of Contemporary Dance, Tehran

The Invisible Centre of Contemporary Dance was launched by Mohamad Abbasi in 2010 in Iran. It has been formed to centralize activities such as workshops, Jam sessions, research, screening dance films and underground dance festival (UNTIMELY). The main aim of this center is to introduce the term contemporary dance in Iran and to open up some possibilities for people who are interested in it. More than 700 hundred young people got involved in these activities. Most participants have theatrical background and a desire to further explore movement. The ICCD is representing a new form of art, a form of art that has been supressed for years in Iran and to some extend has disappeared from the Iranian art field and had no chance to develop itself. Dance in Iran especially in its newer definition has a lot of potential to grow and unfortunately it has been years that this form of art had to sensor itself and to stay in the level of representation of form and aesthetic in very limited way. UNTIMELY dance festival provides a space to break these walls and show gives place to newer form of performances to be seen and analysed.

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Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts / Academy of Dance

The Academy of Dance at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in an educational institution rich in tradition for dancers in Germany. Its roots date back to the shimmering times of the Ballet Mannheim in the 18th Century under Elector Carl Theodor.  Professor Brigit Keil has been leading the Academy of Dance Mannheim since 1997. Under the direction of the internationally acclaimed former ballerina of Stuttgart Ballet, the academy has further cemented and built upon its exceptional reputation. Countless graduates of the institute are currently dancing in major companies both in Germany and abroad. We consider it crucial that the students don’t only master the technical aspects of dance, but rather have the opportunity to discover and develop their own sense of artististry and artistic voices through the study of classical-academic repertoire and collaboration with contemporary choreographers. Only in this way will they be prepared to meet the manifold requirements of classical and modern techniques in ballet and theatre ensembles in Germany and around the world. From their first year of studying, regular performances and opportunities as guest artists both in Germany and abroad give students the stage practice that is so vital to their training, as it gives them the opportunity to experience the variety and vibrancy of difference dance styles. > MORE

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P.A.R.T.S., Brussels

P.A.R.T.S. is an international school for contemporary dance and choreography based in Brussels. PARTS is first of all an artistic project, with a curriculum inspired by the artistic practice of its founder Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and other choreographers. It is a laboratory for the future, aiming to challenge and stimulate students to become independent and creative artists. PARTS has two independent programs. The Training Cycle (3 years) is a professional education for dancers and choreographers that offers the theoretical and practical fundamentals of contemporary dance and a focus on physical conscience, the development of creative and compositional skills, a training in drama and music and theoretical reflection. The Research Studios (1 year) target choreographers and makers who want to deepen their professional experience through artistic research. Every cycle has an overarching theme, which is translated into workshops, seminars and the creative processes of the participants. > MORE

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Palucca University of Dance Dresden

A campus for creative learning, where every student, whether in the dancer, teacher or choreographer training programme, is encouraged to find their own voice; a campus, where the individual is offered the chance to learn, grow, take risks and develop as an autonomous thinking, creative artist – this is the philosophy of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. Built upon a curriculum of ballet, contemporary dance and improvisation, the individual lies at the centre and is encouraged to explore all disciplines in a complementary manner. Our students and staff are working to break down the barriers between these disciplines – to not only cross-pollinate, but to question, learn from and find inspiration for new forms of expression through dance.  With a tradition of innovation, we are working to ensure that the Palucca Hochschule continues to grow and flourish as a vibrant, creative and exciting centre for dance education, from yesterday, to today and for tomorrow. > MORE

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State Ballet School

The State Ballet School of Berlin is one the leading professional dance training institutions in the world.  Students and teachers from all over Germany as well as from over 25 different countries meet here  with the aim of further perfecting the universal language of dance together, and in doing so gain artistic mastery, technical virtuosity, creativity as dancers and maturity as performers. The young students are able, due to a pedagogical concept which is successfully realised through alternating practical artistic subjects and general education subjects, to obtain both‘A’ Level qualifications as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelors degree “Stage Dance” which is offered in cooperation with the University of Performing Arts “Ernst Buch” Berlin is unique in Germany in it’s level of success: over 90 per cent of our graduates get work as dancers directly after graduation. The Berlin Youth Ballet has been at the State Ballet School of Berlin since March 2017. It acts as a youth ambassador for Berlin both nationally and internationally. > MORE

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University of the Arts School of Dance, Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia, The University of the Arts School of Dance’s BFA course of study takes the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions within their own dancing, valuing their voices as capable of developing new and critical perspectives. These strategies give way to student driven pathways and expand the ways they access and think about what to study, how to shape and define practice and how to expand research that invites collaboration, exchange and difference.  A new internationally focused MFA program was initiated in 2018. > MORE