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Jul 27, 2021

MEXICO: 2º Diplomado en Danza y mediación Tecnológica

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Jul 21, 2021

UK: Jasmin Vardimon Company Audition (14 August 2021)

Following the lifting of restrictions, we are delighted to hold a live company audition for our delayed projects. We are looking for versatile performers

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Jul 15, 2021

MADRID: 35 certamen coreografico 2021

MADRID: 35 certamen coreografico 2021

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Jul 10, 2021

BARCELONA Dance International Competition 2022

BARCELONA Dance International Competition 2022

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Jul 01, 2021

Will I have to dance naked?

I am 16 and have been studying dance (ballet, modern) for 8 years. I am really interested in contemporary dance, but so many of the performances I see

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Jun 29, 2021

SPAIN: Festival Internacional de Danza Itálica 2021

SPAIN: Festival Internacional de Danza Itálica 2021

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Jun 25, 2021

BARCELONA: Eix Festival 2021

BARCELONA: Eix Festival 2021

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Jun 18, 2021

NEW YORK CITY: Valleto summer intensive

Global and inclusive transformative dance training program that is offered every summer in New York City.

Intermediate and advanced dancers from all over the globe are welcome to apply. It is led by Valeria Gonzalez, and guest emerging international choreographers, and guest speakers. Students will be trained in techniques such as, Contemporary, Floorwork and Improvisation.

Upcoming Intensive: July 5th - July 17th ...

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Jun 17, 2021

Online Laban summer mini-courses (In Spanish)

Online Laban summer mini-courses (In Spanish)

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Jun 04, 2021

Can I get good at contemporary dance in 3-4 years?

Hi, I'm a freshman in high school and want to audition for AMDA's dance program in 3-4 years. I was wondering if I could get to a level high enough to

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Jun 01, 2021

The dancer aged 106 who bans the word 'old'

By Gary Nunn

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May 17, 2021

"Footballers as dancers" by Alkis Raftis

Recently the major European football clubs tried unsuccessfully to form a Super League promising to “deliver excitement and drama never before seen in football”. A bank would invest 4 billion dollars, expecting earnings of 5 billion a year from broadcasting rights. Imagine football matches at Netflix, that is why some called it Soccerflix.

Fans watching football are supporters of a team, they want their team to win, they are there to cheer it. Under this project spectators would focus more on the game itself and less on who wins it. They would not really be tied emotionally to a team, but only look for thrills in the show. Players would be regarded even more as superstars performing for the audience.

This brings in mind dance performances, where there are no winners and losers, no goals to score, no adversaries. People watch mainly dancers in the leading roles, their dexterity and grace, their physical and artistic feats, achieved through long practice and talent. They enjoy the story, the music, the creativity of the choreographer. Dancers compete with themselves, not with each other.

If footballers are gradually regarded as dancers, why don’t dancers become like footballers? Why don’t they earn astronomical sums? It is because dance performances do not fill stadiums. A theater has 500 seats, a stadium has 50,000. This means a hundred times more money from tickets, plus much more from sponsors, plus even more from TV rights. A footballer gets paid 1000 times more than a dancer.

Why doesn’t dance fill stadiums? Even now, with meagre financing dance offers much more than football, much more than any sport. Imagine dance financed 1000 times more, it would be glorious! It would transform society altogether. Why doesn’t it?

Alkis Raftis

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May 11, 2021

Yeyé Awá: "a singing for life, an evocation, so that the orisha Yeyé Awá takes care of us all in this hard times"

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Apr 28, 2021

FRANCE: Résidences 2021 Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso et Cité Internationale des arts

FRANCE: Résidences 2021 Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso et Cité Internationale des arts

(candidatures jusqu’au 13.05 inclus)

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Apr 26, 2021

DANCE DAY Message by CID

80 years ago, Europe around 1941: a great part of Europe is occupied, curfew is imposed, radio is forbidden, sometimes no electricity. Families stay long evening hours at home with nothing to do, under conditions leading to depression and nervous breakdown - they get desperate.

Grandparents come to the rescue - their memories go back to the time when people could produce their own enjoyment, when they did not depend on TV, on dining out, going to the cinema or attending events. They had active, not passive entertainment. Younger ones had lost the ability to take pleasure in relating stories, telling jokes, singing and dancing at home in good company.

The aged people became the soul of the party singing the old songs, dancing the dances and taking the whole family with them, plus the neighbors. This is how the half-forgotten songs and dances jumped one generation and survived, producing after the War a revival of folk dancing.

As dance professionals, think of your role in the present situation of pandemic, lockdown and curfew. People need you now and will need you after this crisis. You produce a vaccine against the virus of the soul: you know how to make people dance. You hear the call, answer it!

Alkis Raftis President of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris

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Apr 21, 2021

International video auditions - Cooking Dance

International video auditions - Cooking Dance

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Apr 19, 2021

Online: III Encuentro Nacional de Investigación sobre el cuerpo (in Spanish)

Online: III Encuentro Nacional de Investigación sobre el cuerpo

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Apr 15, 2021

FRANCE: stage BMC et Danse du 5 au 9 juillet 2021

FRANCE: stage BMC et Danse du 5 au 9 juillet 2021

info: danserlespace[at]gmail.com

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Apr 01, 2021

New book by Hubert Godard (in French)

New book by Hubert Godard: Une respiration

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Mar 23, 2021

AMSTERDAM: ICK Auditions (deadline end of March)

ICK is looking for experienced contemporary female and male dancers with high ballet skill for their ensemble. Please send your motivation letter, CV, portrait picture and Video material/links to...

AMSTERDAM: ICK Auditions (deadline end of March)

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Mar 17, 2021

UK: Jasmin Vardimon Company: JVIntensive Summer 2021

JVIntensive takes place over 6 weeks from 19th July - 27th August 2021 at Jasmin Vardimon Company studios in Ashford, Kent. Each week will concentrate

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Mar 13, 2021

About research in dance, by Laurence Louppe

Last week, the editorial house Contredanse included an amazing short piece of thought by Laurence Louppe in their Chronique #5. The text is in French and I could not resist to translate it and share it with all of you. Thanks to Laurence Louppe for her amazing power to say things in such an accurate way. Here it is:

“In fact, the choreographer would be the first researcher: getting out of the preexistent models, working on displacing the processes, giving oneself and others instructions that open to the unknown, to analysis, to the visit of operations and dispositions (like the Tuning Score of Lisa Nelson), trying new scores, exploring ways of improvising, observing what occurs and giving new frameworks to experience, isn’t this the very definition of a scientific act? Yet it is the very definition of a poetic act. Research in dance is first a research in art.”

Laurence Louppe

Extrait from the paper Notes pour une recherche en danse in Nouvelles de Danse no 26, 2003.

Mar 10, 2021

CANADA Prospects: an Evening of Dance and Discussion | March 25 at 8 pm

Save your seat for Prospects: an Evening of Dance and Discussion. A live platform hosted by Aeris Korper Contemporary Dance Theatre, for choreographers

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Feb 23, 2021

SPAIN: Audition for male dancers at Cia Daniel Abreu

Audition for male dancers at Cia Daniel Abreu

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Feb 21, 2021

Sound For Movement: Mix 8 - Sevens

Sound For Movement: Mix 8 - SevensPhoto: Bethany Formica

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Feb 16, 2021

North Wales Festival of Dance (deadline 7th March)

North Wales Festival of Dance (deadline 7th March)

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Feb 15, 2021

Contemporary Dance Companies World Wide

Contemporary dance companies world wide. A directory that includes links to web pages, postal addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mails.

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Feb 04, 2021

KAMEA Dance Company: Auditions for professional Dancers for the 2021-22 season

KAMEA Dance Company: Auditions for professional Dancers for the 2021-22 season

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Feb 03, 2021

CND FRANCE: Canal becomes Canal online

Seventeen active dance structures take over the CN D

Through the Canal project, CN D makes its location, resources and spaces available to the entire choreographic sector. For two days, the fourteen studios will be...

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Feb 02, 2021

Free movement class with Nejla Yatkin

Free movement class with Nejla Yatkin

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