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Apr 21, 2014

Contemporary Dance Festivals: the worldwide directory.

Find a list of contemporary dance festivals worldwide. Share or promote your dance festival.

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Apr 12, 2014

ATHENS: 37th World Congress on Dance Research: 2-6 July 2014

CID congresses are the largest gatherings of dance specialists world-wide, the best opportunity to showcase one's work to a wide audience of practitioners, dance teachers, choreographers, researchers, journalists, organizers and suppliers.

Approximately 400 conferees from 40 countries of the 5 continents attend each congress.

Intended primarily for professionals, the Congress is a scientific conference, a trade fair and a participatory event focused on contacts with colleagues and informal discussions.

All forms of dance are represented. Strictly non-profit. Not to be confused with festivals, workshops, competitions or open conferences.

The 10-hours-a-day program includes:

- Research reports (papers) are presented and discussed among peers
- Lectures on original subjects
- Classes, where teachers give a demonstration of their method
- Performances by dance companies, duos or solos
- Video projections presenting choreographies or full performances
- Exhibitions and sale of books, records, pictures, costumes, accessories etc.
- Evenings where members can discuss in a relaxed setting or dance to local music.
- Visits to places of special interest, such as dance schools, museums, sites etc.

This congress is organized by the Athens and Piraeus Sections of CID as well as the national Dora Stratou Dance Theater. It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the National UNESCO Commission, as well as the Mayor of Athens.

Submitting a presentation is optional. Absentee presenters can register also; their presentations will be included in the program and in the proceedings website visited by tens of thousands of dance professionals all over the world.

To apply for a visa and/or financial assistance, registered participants receive an official certificate.

Learn more

Apr 07, 2014

XVIII International Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (deadline for application May 10th 2014)

We would like to invite you to apply for the XVIII International Festival of Choreographic Miniatures, a competition for choreographers, which will be

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Apr 07, 2014

Danzas de Carácter

Definición de danzas de carácter, entendidas como parte del repertorio de las obras de ballet clásico.

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Apr 05, 2014

Character Dances

Definition of character dances, understood as part of the repertoires of classical ballets.

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Apr 04, 2014

"There’s two ways of working with the body..."

"There’s two ways of working with the body. One is when the mind informs the body; the mind is telling you what to do. That’s one way of working. The other is when the body itself informs the mind; your body impulses guide you and then you do these movements and suddenly they become your movement; its part of your creative process and you’re able, from that point of view, to have experiences that go beyond words, that go beyond your conscious thinking, but are part of you. That’s the thrill of working with movement..."

Anna Halprin

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Apr 03, 2014

What is the duration of an action according to Laban’s theory?

Dear Maria, I read your very interesting article about Laban's effort qualities. I am new to the theory as I started reading it a few months ago and have

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Apr 01, 2014

NAPLES/ITALY: Humanbodies Reloaded (application deadline: May 2)

ARTGARAGE e FESTIVAL MOVIMENTALE nell'ambito del progetto di formazione HUMANBODIES presentano WORKSHOP E ATELIER con Clémentine Deluy, Damiano Ottavio

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Mar 20, 2014

Gathered by Gecko Production

New conceptual short film project - Gathered. Shared by Jakub from Gecko Production, Kenya:

Gathered from Gecko Production on Vimeo.

Mar 20, 2014

How to do a deeper plié?

Hello. I would like to ask u a question. I hope u can answer me, thank u. I cannot do really deep plié; mine is really shallow. Like really, can't even

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Mar 20, 2014


THELAR Management Group is seeking female Dancehall/Pop dancers for several performances in South Florida area. For consideration please send resume,

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Mar 17, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN. World Dance Movement - Audition for AMDA Scholarship (14th of April)

AMDA has entered into contact with World Dance Movement SPAIN and SWITZERLAND and will hold AUDITIONS for World Dance Movement Participants. They Will

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Mar 14, 2014

JAPAN: May Butoh Intensive Workshops & Events in Tokyo (May 2nd-22nd)

Join us for this exciting program of workshops and events in Tokyo this May! Where: Bunkyo-ku & Minato-ku (Tokyo) When: May 2nd-22nd Who: Kanazawa Butoh

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Mar 11, 2014

Tips for young choreographers

Hi, my name is Maryah and I'm 17 years old. I just wanted to email you, because dancing is a huge part of my life and my career is to be a dance choreographer

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Mar 03, 2014

Flying Low and Passing Through.

Flying Low and Passing Through make up the dancing technique and performing method developed by David Zambrano. Find descriptions, images and related links in this page.

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Feb 25, 2014

The pros and cons of starting a company versus being a freelance choreographer

Hello, I have really been enjoying your site! Thank you so much for the extent of information that you offer. My question is about starting a career

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Feb 18, 2014

How to do a pirouette en dehors and en dedans ?

Can somebody analyse a pirouette en dehors and en dedans?

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Feb 14, 2014

'Ballet des Amériques' students accepted at the Paris Opera Ballet School

Two students from the 'Ballet des Amériques' have been accepted by the Opera National de Paris as boarder trainees to the Paris Opera's Summer School.

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Feb 11, 2014

Mike Daley's dancing on the highest peak of Norway

Hey everybody... Aaron Micheal Daley from the company Croi Glan is going on a hike in Norway and will dance his solo dance from the performance 'Stop and stare' on the highest peak there! This is a fundraising action.

Find more about the company Croi Glan here.

Here’s the page for giving him a hand: Disabled dancer Mike’s hike in Norway

Feb 02, 2014

MEXICO: Convocatoria de residencias artísticas (hasta el 19 de febrero de 2014)

Convocatoria de residencias artísticas en México para creadores de Iberoamérica y Haití.


Jan 30, 2014

PANAMA: Abierta convocatoria para participar en PRISMA 2014

Encuentra la información aquí

Jan 29, 2014

PARIS: Rencontre entre notateurs / 11 février 2014‏

10h-11h30 – Théorie - La notation des mouvements de mains

11h45-12h30 – Ressources - Titan de Rudolf Laban

Bonjour à tous.

Une excellente année 2014 à vous.

Voici le programme de la prochaine rencontre entre notateurs, qui a lieu mardi matin, 11 février, en sachant que vous pouvez prolonger votre journée au CND l'après-midi avec la présentation de de travaux de recherche et de notation - Aide à la recherche et au patrimoine en danse 2012 (

La prochaine rencontre d'avril est en construction... il y aura des interventions sur la notation du temps, une intervention d'un collectif de danse baroque qui confronte des interprétations de traités et des présentations de nouveaux diplômés du Conservatoire de Paris.

Pour des raisons d’organisation, merci de me prévenir autant que possible par email de votre venue à la rencontre (

Les rencontres de juin et octobre sont aussi en construction... Un futur thème que j'envisage après discussion avec certains d'entre vous serait la notation des manipulations d'accessoires et éléments scénographiques. Si vous avez du matériel sur ce thème, n'hésitez pas à me contacter.

Je vous rappelle que ces rencontres sont un espace d'échange entre notateurs et entre notations. Si vous souhaitez proposer des thèmes, parle d'un projet, initier des sujets, confronter vos idées, problèmes, ou solutions, vous pouvez me contacter pour que je prévois vos propositions lors d'une prochaine rencontre.

Bien à vous, Marion BastienMarion Bastien >
Service Recherche et Répertoires chorégraphiques

Centre national de la danse
1, rue Victor-Hugo, 93507 Pantin cedex, France
T + 33 [0] 1 41 83 98 22 (ligne directe)

Jan 27, 2014

ARGENTINA: Odissi dance, Balinese dance and Soul language

Classes in Dance of India (Odissi), Dance of Bali and Soul Language will begin at end of February 2014.

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Jan 24, 2014

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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Jan 20, 2014

Special effects to dance with

Hello, I'm choreographing a contemporary dance for a special event at school. The last years I've used some special attributes and effects to make the

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Jan 17, 2014

What is contemporary jazz?

I started taking dance classes for contemporary jazz. I first started because I saw this show on TV and they dance contemporary dance so nicely. Another

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Jan 16, 2014

PARIS: Stage BMC et danse de janvier à juillet 2014‏

Stage BMC et danse de janvier à juillet 2014‏

Inscription et renseignement :




le week-end : 36 e / l’atelier 20e
à partir de 3 week-ends réservés d’avance 30e
le stage de cinq jours : 90 e / l’atelier 20e

Jan 15, 2014

LONDON: Probe - Running on Empty. Tue 4 - Sun 16 Feb.

Absurd, humorous and sometimes devastating, Running On Empty journeys from a woman’s loss through her struggle for a future and the emptiness she must overcome to survive. How long will she keep running?

Dance, theatre and song combine in this new performance from Probe Artistic Director Antonia Grove (twice Critics Circle and Time Out National Dance Awards nominee), director Jo McInnes (Royal Court), writer Brad Birch (Soho Theatre, Royal Court), choreographer Charlie Morrissey (Siobhan Davies), songwriter Lee Ross, designer Fabrice Serafino and lighting designer Beky Stoddart, devised with performers Greig Cooke, Antonia Grove and composer Scott Smith.

Running wild. Running out of time. Running on empty…

Tue 4 - Sun 16 Feb, 7.15 (Sat 3pm, Sun 5pm)£10 - £17.50

More info

Jan 08, 2014

BERLIN: Master Class of Contemporary Jazz with Eva Martz at Marameo

Next Monday, 13th January, we are going to present World Dance Movement at Tanzprobebühne Marameo.

Eva Martz, ex-member of Cirque du Soleil, co-producer of World Dance Movement and collaborator at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Madrid, is going to give a Master Class of Contemporary Jazz at Marameo. Attending to this class you will have the chance to know more about World Dance Movement and the most talented dancers will get a scholarship to come to this International dance event.

World Dance Movement Spain: from April 12-17 in Madrid. Register at

Info: info[at]

Maggie Left

Jan 01, 2014


I just received a wonderful, really kind message from Louise (from the Hague Holland). The following video, with lots of HAPPY DANCERS, was included:

Thanks a lot Louise!

I wish you all lots of HAPPY DANCING in 2014!


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