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Nov 22, 2015

Mike Wall's new album

Mike Walls' Summer2015

You can download the album for free at

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Nov 14, 2015

MOTUS by TZM Creative Lab

Motus – Creative Motion Enhancer from TZM Creative Lab on Vimeo.


We released a wireless musical motion controller for dancers. With Motus, dancers can directly control and improvise with sound, live visuals or lighting through their motion. No keys, buttons or knobs. Motus is independent from tracking area and lighting conditions.

Motus prototype has been already used by a modern dance theatre for 3 seasons in Europe. Dancers feedback video:

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Nov 13, 2015

Hey... check this out:

Contemporary Dance Music

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Nov 13, 2015

A Very Mixed Bill. Emerge Festival 2015, Week One.

Emerge Festival is a platform for emerging choreographers and new works. The Festival runs for 3 weeks, with 5 different works each week. Week One showcased

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Nov 08, 2015

Teaching about dance (what is dance?)

I am a high school teacher and this year I am teaching a class that covers the fine arts (music, dance, visual art, theatre) and I am approaching the unit

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Nov 08, 2015

PARIS: Appel à projets Aide à la recherche et au patrimoine en danse


Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que l'appel à projets Aide à la recherche et au patrimoine en danse 2016 est lancé sur le site du Centre national de la danse.

Vous avez jusqu'au mardi 23 février 2016 pour déposer votre dossier (dossier de candidature et pièces jointes) en ligne., vignette « information aux pros », puis « Aide à la recherche et au patrimoine en danse », soit :


Laurent Barré
Chargé de mission - Direction générale
Responsable du service Recherche et Répertoires chorégraphiques

Un centre d’art pour la danse
1 rue Victor Hugo
93507 Pantin cedex
+ 33 1 41 83 83 91

Oct 28, 2015

The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program

The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program was recently launched. It is open to all full-time students, as well as to high school seniors that may have awarded acceptance letters for the 2016 academic year.

All applicants will get a chance to win $2000 that will be used to cover academic expenses including, but not limited to, tuition fees, books, laptops, and other equipment. The three winners with the best applications will be selected and awarded $2000 each to cover the aforementioned expenses.

The deadline for submitting the applications is 11:59 PM EST, March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced 7 working days after the close of the application process.

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Oct 27, 2015

ISRAEL: Vertigo International Training Program.

The Vertigo Dance Company invites you to participate in the creative process while further developing your artistic identity and exploring community and

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Oct 25, 2015

Release Technique: a training method for contemporary dance.

The expression ‘ Release technique ’ within the field of dance refers to a training and/or studying method that aims to reeducate or enhance motricity, as its most general goal.

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Oct 20, 2015


Find the basics of dance history in the handy e-book of CONTEMPORARY DANCE HISTORY.


Oct 05, 2015

Contemporary Dance Music.

Contemporary dance music. Learn how to choose the music for your contemporary dance piece or how to order a musician to compose it for you. Tools, advices and tips.

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Sep 16, 2015

PRAGUE: Dance Hackathon, November 2015

Dance Hackaton in Prague, November 2015

The EuropeanaSpace project is organising an exciting event about the use and re-use of cultural digital content, in particular dance. Participants will form teams and during two days of focused and intensive collaboration, with assistance from the hackathon ambassadors (experts in programming, BCI technologies, motion-tracking, and cultural heritage), explore new creative ideas, design and develop prototypes.

The Prague Dance Hackathon focuses on the re-use of cultural heritage materials in live performance, cross-media storytelling, motion tracking and transformation of data, brain/computer interfaces in performance. We encourage participants to combine different aspects of these elements to create something truly new and unique that will shake up the market!

Eventbrite Registration page

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Sep 14, 2015

STUTTGART: Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival 2016

Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Stuttgart 2016

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Sep 12, 2015

Ballet music by Jeff Durand and Tommy Barbarella

Sep 07, 2015

Billy Schultz' work

Hey everybody... have a look at what Billi Schultz just shared with us:

"...I show dancers short videos and then have them use them as inspiration for creating dance. Looks like this:

Aug 18, 2015

Peace One Day

Peace Day One Day One Dance

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Aug 10, 2015

The Dancer Diet.

The dancer diet. What to eat, how much and when. Learn the dancers’ tips for being healthy and strong.

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Aug 03, 2015

ARGENTINA: Danzamerica 2015

Danzamerica 2015

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Jul 27, 2015

"Deep in Dance" by Luke Bradley

Here's a paper shared by Luke Bradley. It will remain available at the section for dance papers, which you can reach through the navbar at the left.

Some info:

The main gist of the article is that I position myself as an 'outsider' on the subject at hand, and as such, have yet to lose perspective on things, like what inevitably occurs when one becomes too immersed in the world of any subject, especially a rather niche one such as I have discussed in the piece. Having no background in the art and finding things out for myself may have limited the extent of my knowledge, but this is offset by creating an idiosyncratic 'taste' and a relatively layman's view on the discipline, which I hope might provide some intriguing insights. Obviously, the underlying point of the piece is to introduce people to dance pieces that they may enjoy, but for the more learned fan of dance I have also tried to include parts on music, aesthetics and even tiny lapses into general philosophy. (I am much more knowledgable about music so often rely on that as a way to approach analysis.)

I've split the text into 3 sections using the Chinese characters 過去, 現在 and 未来 as markers (handy for Cmd + F searching). The first section is a brief bio and explanation of my relationship with dance, the second section is a list of 100 or so of my favourite contemporary works, with 'annotations' and video links (although some may be dead by now, having been inserted over 2 months ago, and if you're using a PC or MS Word they may not appear at all as I used TextEdit to write it and sometimes the links don't transfer across when read), with a special highlighting of a particular butō troupe, and the final section is an essay-cum-structured ramble on how to 'improve' dance and the dance industry (if you actually read this part, it's nowhere near as pretentious and egotistical as that sounds, hence the quotation marks around 'improve', and may be of the most interest to someone such as yourself, whether that's for positive or negative reasons I couldn't hazard a guess). As a whole, it may be a tad UK-centric, especially the references to football and rugby league, but hopefully most of it makes sense to you, and if not it only adds to the idiosyncratic and eccentric persona, reinforcing the basis for the piece.

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Jul 26, 2015

Most professional dancers ‘earn less than £5k a year’

You’ll find a link to the article below the picture…

Dancer Income

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Jul 16, 2015

"Love me or leave me" by Free Flow Studio

Here's something shared by Alice Aleksandridi (Free Flow Studio), from Estonia. Choreography by Anna Maria Kalvi and Alice Aleksandridi.Thanks Alice!

Jul 14, 2015

BELGIUM: Compagnie Thor – Thierry Smits (Brussels) is looking for 11 exceptional male dancers

PROFILE: For its next production, Compagnie Thor is looking for 11 exceptional male dancers, enthusiastic, with excellent technique and experience in contemporary

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Jul 13, 2015


Deadline for applications: 31 july


Jul 05, 2015

SPAIN:Dance Improvisation in Banyolas

Improvisation Workshop

Jun 30, 2015


DanceHaus & Bird’s Dance Project Matteo Levaggi & Guests at DanceHaus Bird’s Dance Project is a multi-year project devoted to young dancers and contemporary


Jun 29, 2015


Hi, Is there any body creating teleholograhic reality dance performance? I created Body in Between a teleholographic reality dance for my Doctoral degree


Jun 27, 2015

20 Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife

Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife

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Jun 19, 2015

One Day One Dance

One Day One Dance

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Jun 17, 2015


Physical Days Bern

From July 27-31, 2015 the first edition of Physical Days Bern will take place.

Physical Days Bern offers professional dancers from Switzerland and elsewhere the opportunity to receive advanced trainings in a variety of dance forms. Physical Days Bern invited renowned dancemakers from around the world to give workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, improvisation, yoga, Gaga, and other dance forms. The program we’ve put together is sure to be multifaceted and stimulating.

With: Jorge Jauregui Allue, Marcel Leemann, Nina Kripas, Erik Wagner, Ariadna Montfort and Amber Spear

Physical Days Bern is a join initiative of Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater and the Dampfzentrale Bern and will take place in the “Brückenpfeiler” – a suite of studios belonging to Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater, Junge Bühne Bern and Schlachthaus Theater, located directly under the Monbijou Bridge in Bern.

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Jun 09, 2015

Motivation tips for dancers

Hello! I have been dancing for 10 years, but have only wanted to do it seriously these past few months. I would very much like to do most of my dance

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