Contemporary Studio Competition

Join for a studio practice that explores and refines releasing techniques, improvisation, sequentiality, spirals, momentum, as well as off-center and upside-down play. Class begins on the floor, progresses through developmental movement patterns, then gradually rises to dynamic center and traveling phrases. Material is approached in a manner that douses competitiveness in favor of encouraging curiosity and knowledge-sharing among a supportive community of intermediate/advanced movers.

Basic is an intersectional, intergenerational modern dance class designed to unite people of all experience levels through movement (including beginners!). Students can expect exercises to be taught at a gradual, gentle pace that focuses on developmental movement patterning, balance, breathing, and simple choreography. Megan offers exercises in such a way that empowers students to individually modify movements for more or less challenge. Students are encouraged to interact, help each other create mini-dances, and celebrate their unique and shared movement experiences throughout class. In addition to focusing on precision, the class is intended to embolden new movers and provide a gentle weekly practice for more experienced movers at the same time.


Flamenco spring is just beginning!

Thanks to everyone for the immersive and intergenerational flamenco festival! Even though the festival has been celebrated, flamenco spring is just beginning: the Greater Helsinki area has a lively and diverse flamenco field, and performances, gigs and concise courses are constantly organized.

The Helsinki Flamenco Association maintains an up-to-date Flamenco calendar on its website , which shows the Helsinki region flamenco events, gigs and concise courses. The club’s website also features ongoing flamenco dance and music weekly classes .

Become a member of the association , if you want more information about flamenco, as well as to support the Association and festival activities!


Dance Bridges Festival Open Call

Dance Bridges Festival invites international artists to apply for its second edition in Kolkata, India, from August 22-29, 2017. This Festival is a new platform to showcase exciting contemporary choreography through performances, workshops and films. Artists can also engage in a residency project, internships, artist talks and other community/outreach events.

Where: Kolkata, India


Application Process: Professional dance companies & independent artists/dancers/choreographers from India and abroad may apply.

The work should reflect contemporary trends in choreography, applications from different dance styles are welcome. The Festival offers performances across different kinds of venues: large/small-scale theatre, site-specific and intimate studio settings. Criteria for the work presented: solo (10-12 minutes), duet/trio (10-20 minutes), group of maximum 6 dancers (15-30 minutes). Full length solo/duet work from 40-55 minutes can also be submitted. Please consider that full length works will primarily be considered for intimate settings.

Performances should not contain nudity, abusive language, overtly sexual or religiously sensitive content. A black linoleum dance floor will be provided for larger venues. Performances should not make use of heavy sets/props and allow a simple get-in and get-out. Digital projection facilities will be available however artists must indicate their requirements at an early stage. Basic lighting will be provided balancing the overall needs of all artists performing on the night.

Please note that performances are entirely free of charge. Dance Bridges Festival is unable to provide performance fees to artists however the Festival endeavours to support participants whilst in Kolkata to its best capacity and ensure a creatively exciting, vibrant cultural exchange and pleasant stay in the city. Selected candidates for the showcase series may be asked to contribute to the outreach programme and teach an open workshop during the festival where appropriate.

Applicants need to submit a resume, a description of the work, credits of all artists involved including music and a full length video of the proposed work(s). Please include lighting and other technical requirements also mentioning preference regarding the type of venue. Applicants can only submit a maximum of 3 works. For the open workshop please include a description of the proposed activity. All applications will be reviewed by an international programming committee and selected artists will receive an invitation letter by the end of December 2016.


Sanskar Dance Festival Goa India

2 weeks of intensive training with 8 most legendary teachers in the world, in Goa, India.

Where: Goa, India

Two-weeks training for 60 professional dancers and movement-based performers from all over the planet.
A unique fusion of contemporary movement techniques and traditional Indian dance language in workshops, lectures, and performances by 8 of the most respected teachers of the world’s dance scene.
Teachers: David Zambrano | Wim Vandekeybus | Roberto Olivan | Sanjukta Sinha | Francisco Cordova | Vittoria De Ferrari | Pradeep Sattwamaya | Usha Nangiar
SANSKAR’s makers believe that sharing knowledge creates imprint – through all countries and social backgrounds, towards a moved and conscious future.


JOLT Dance Week and Symposium

JOLT Dance Week and Symposium – 4 days of professional development, dance discussions, workshops & performances.

Where: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland

Description of opportunity: Events include:

• Work in Progress presentations by dance artists in the Southeast of Ireland (in association with A Little Room).
6pm, Tuesday 3rd December – Free, but booking required

• Dance Film Screenings – A celebration of dance on screen from artists in the Southeast of Ireland
7pm, Wednesday 4th December – €8

• What’s my Practice Day? – A day-long workshop and discussion of innovative Participatory Dance projects & their inspiring project leaders.
10-4pm, Thursday 5th December – Full Day DEAL €20 / €15 Morning Session/ €15 Afternoon Session

• National Symposium with two panel discussions;
Discourse 1 – Making and Producing.
Discourse 2 – Maintaining Ambition.
10am-2pm (with lunch) Friday 6th December – €30 waged/ €20 unwaged

Fantastic networking opportunities for dance artists, funders & programmers.


ConnectLab #5 Festival

Come join us for the 5th edition of the ConnectLAB Festival. Nine intense days dedicated to partnering work. We have workshops from various disciplines including Contemporary dance, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Fighting Monkey, Forro and Contact Improvisation. We’ve gathered a truly amazing team of artists, performers, athletes and teachers to share their knowledge in an effort to lift everyone’s game and learn from each other.

ConnectLAB #5 Festival – 9 day festival in Brussels with a strong focus on partnering work.

Where: Tic Tac Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

The teachers for ConnectLAB #5 are:

Marion Sparber & Alan Fuentes-Guerra – Kristina Alleyne – German Jauregui – Natalia Pieczuro – Luke Jessop – Knut Vikstrom Precht & Lito Anastasopoulou – Axel Vankimmenade – Hugh Stanier – Sarah Collings

Workshops run most days from 10am – 6pm, so full days of work. Then in the afternoons/evenings, the entertainment starts…

Alongside the workshops, we have a whole host of other activities during the festival including, an open jam, an all-styles battle, an in house Jiu-Jitsu tournament, parties and last but not least…Connecting Worlds Performance Night. An evening running inline with the ethos of ConnectLAB festival, bringing together multiple disciplines to share their craft in a more performance-based context. (The full performance line up will be announced soon!)


Why Dance Is Good For Fitness

Getting fit does not have to be the chore it’s often perceived to be. Instead, as people all around the globe are finding out each day, dancing is one of the best fitness workouts there is. Dancing offers upbeat and inventive exercise, that promotes a more healthy and active lifestyle. Sociable, energizing and life-affirming, dance has a whole host of body benefits, from aiding joint flexibility through to boosting mental wellbeing.

Here are our top 10 reasons why dance is such a great fitness activity.

Building Muscular Endurance

Tired of feeling… tired? Still exhausted when you wake up in the morning? Then dancing could provide the answer. Regular dance exercise improves the endurance of body muscles, allowing them to work harder for longer periods of time without feeling tired. Dancing also raises the body’s heart rate to heighten stamina. You’ll be jumping out of bed each morning in no time.

Dancing Improves The Body’s Flexibility

A healthy body needs joints and muscles to be flexible; something that dance can really help with. Most dance styles involve a great range of motion and movement, allowing major muscle groups to be flexed and properly worked out. As a result, the dancer’s body should soon become more nimble.

Developing Upper And Lower Body Strength

Dancing may not initially appear the best way to build your bodily strength into that of a champion weight lifter. However, dance exercise still offers a fine way of boosting upper and lower body strength. Many dance styles require lifting, leaping and prancing — all of which require a muscular drive that builds up over time.

Dancing Yourself To A Happier Mind

As well as making your body feel fitter and healthier, regular dancing exercise will also reduce mental tension and lead you on the path to a stress-free mind. Dance stimulates happiness endorphins in the brain to alleviate day-to-day worries and concerns. If nothing else, dance is cheaper than hiring a shrink.

Hate Being A Social Leper? Try Dancing

Dance classes offer great ways of meeting new people, allowing you to make friends and improve your social skills. Whether you’re already a vivacious party machine, or a perennial social leper, dancing could soon entail better self-confidence and new social opportunities.

Dance Away The Calories

Whether you’re salsa dancing, gliding across a ballroom floor or tapping your toes to some two-step rock, dance exercise offers an easy and enjoyable way to burn off unwanted calories. A half hour of dancing can burn between 200 and 400 calories so why not run away from that miserable treadmill training and dance along to the fitness beat?

Get Stronger Bones

If you want to protect and improve your bone density, then dance could hold the answer. Dancing can help with the prevention of bone problems such as osteoporosis, with dancing exercise allowing more calcium to be absorbed into the body’s bones.

It’s Good For Your Mental Health

If you find yourself slumping into middle-aged malaise, forgetting how many children you have and where you last left them, dancing could be the solution to make your mind feel younger and more alert. Dance improves the memory, as it forces participants to recall steps, patterns and elaborate routines to offer a mental workout for the mind.

Balancing The Body

As well as improving the body’s flexibility and bone structure, dancing also boosts stabilising core muscles to balance the body and make muscles and tendons less susceptible to injury. Coordination and reflexes are also strengthened through regular dancing workouts.

Fact: Dancing Creates Better Blood

Dancing exercise controls cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as helping to set blood sugar levels. If you suffer from high blood pressure then dancing could well be the prime exercise for you.


How to Become a Dancer

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to become a dancer.

We aren’t going to sugar coat this: deciding to be a professional dancer takes a lot of sacrifice, and often with little return—at least at the beginning. But regardless of where in the world you find yourself, if you want to get your start and find your direction as a dancer, you have come to the right place.

As late, legendary dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham said, “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” So with that, if you’re ready to eat, sleep, and breathe dance, below are some essential questions to ask that’ll get you well on your way.

Having a clear vision of what kind of dancer you want to become will be crucial in helping you find your stride as you leap into the dance world. Determining which style suits you best (and brings you the most joy) is the first step in focusing your physical and artistic energy and ultimately achieving success. That’s not to say that trying out various styles is less advantageous; it simply depends on what your goals are, and in certain instances, will even be necessary. For instance, a modern company may create a piece of work fusing contemporary ballet and Spanish dance styles, and will be specifically looking for a dancer with experience in both!

Being an artist is not always fun, creative freedom. Between keeping yourself in shape, making ends meet, finding work, and staying motivated, it can be difficult to be your own personal cheerleader all the time. As you make friends with your peers in the dance world, be there for them by lending an ear when the going gets tough, showing up to support them at their performances, and letting each other know when one sees an opportunity that would be a good fit for the other. Of course having a competitive edge will be necessary in some regard, but the more we help each other in the arts, the more you will see that your own career will flourish. You’d be surprised how often networking has come into play in landing jobs. When a friend is unable to take a spot but knows that you’re available, you’ve just skipped over all of the hoops that you would normally have to jump through. Treating fellow dancers with kindness and compassion is always the way to go because, after all, aren’t we collectively trying to encourage the arts in our communities in order to create a better world?


Good for Your Brain

Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize his or her brain function.

Do you feel dizzy sometimes when you stand up? Does a fear of falling prevent you from exploring the world more? If you are prone to dizziness, a new study has found that dancing may help improve your balance and make you less dizzy. In September 2013, researchers from Imperial College London reported on specific differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes. You don’t have to train to become a professional ballet dancer to benefit from some type of dancing.

The study volunteers were spun around in a chair in a dark room. They were asked to turn a handle in time with how quickly they felt like they were still spinning after they had stopped. The researchers also measured eye reflexes triggered by input from the vestibular organs. Later, they examined the participants’ brain structure with MRI scans.

Normally, the feeling of dizziness stems from the vestibular organs in the inner ear. These fluid-filled chambers sense rotation of the head through tiny hairs that sense the fluid moving. After turning around rapidly, the fluid continues to move, which can make you feel like you’re still spinning.

In dancers, both the eye reflexes and their perception of spinning lasted a shorter time than in the rowers. Sensory input evokes low-order reflexes of the cerebellum and higher-order perceptual responses of the cerebrum. Vestibular stimulation elicits vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) and self-motion perception (e.g., vertigo) whose response durations are normally equal.


The Reasons Why We Dance

That’s it. Simply, why? What is it about moving our bodies to a song we love that is so joyfully Pavlovian? Why do we watch videos, obsess over our reflection in the kitchen window, and yes, take lessons to perfect something that could easily be labeled as trivial? Why do we put ourselves through the physical fatigue and the occasional social awkwardness just to call ourselves dancers? Why do we love it so?

There are the obvious answers. We dance for physical fitness. We dance for mental clarity. We dance for emotional stability, and other such pluses.

However, all these benefits could be attained by others means, though I confess I have yet to find a better alternative than a great cha cha to lift both one’s heart-rate and spirits. Still, we do not need to dance to acquire a sound mind and body. So, there must be more reasons why we do so. There must be something glorious about dancing that is more than just intangible; it must be almost imperceptible. We cannot seem to explain it, yet we all know it so well that we do not hesitate to tap our feet to a Gershwin melody or pulse with the percussion of a samba rhythm. So why do we dance?

Perhaps dance is the way we express ourselves when words are insufficient. The joy we feel over new found love, the determination we have in the face of great sorrow or adversity, the passionate fire of our youth and the peacefulness of our softer and more graceful years – maybe they are never expressed more fully than through a waltz, or a tango, or a jive. We all want to be understood, and if we could truly speak the words that describe our feelings, how deep and powerful they would surely be. But alas, those words never seem to come to us just right.