Summer Workshops in Europe

A handful of people have asked for references to Summer workshops abroad. While there are Bates and ADF here in the states (along with a few other options at various companies and studios) Europe has a lot to offer in the area of Contemporary Dance. Many mistakenly believe the cost to visit Europe would be prohibitive but I’ve found that there are many resources one can leverage to make the journey affordable. See me for information on housing, travel, etc.

Here is a sampling of workshops I’ve participated in:

AMSTERDAM:

Magpie Umbrella Workshops

(formerly Magpie Music Dance Company)

Facilitated by Katie Duck, this series is quite popular with dancers looking for intimate exposure to contemporary and experimental dance practices, while avoiding the over-crowding and sometimes higher cost associated with Europe’s larger summer programs. Also in The Netherlands in July is Juli Dans, a city wide festival of contemporary dance performance, a dance film showcase (Cinedans) and workshops.

More info:
Magpie Umbrella Workshops
http://www.julidans.nl (2009 schedule TBA)
http://www.cinedans.nl

VIENNA:

ImplusTanz

The largest workshop series Europe has to offer, with 4 weeks of intensive workshops, performance, and artists in residence.

Consider applying for a DanceWeb scholarship if you want to take full advantage of this behemoth of summer programs.

More info:
http://www.impulstanz.com/en (2009 schedule TBA)

BERLIN:

Tanz im August

Various workshops and performances in Berlin. Outside of this, there are lots of dance happenings during that time in Berlin.

More info:
http://www.tanzimaugust.de

MUNICH:

Tanzwerkstatt Europa

Also a more intimate experience, when compared to ImpulsTanz, with access to some exciting teachers and choreographers, smaller classes and interesting performances in this lovely city.

More info:
http://www.jointadventures.net/web/en/tanzwerkstatteuropa

Elsewhere in Europe

See Also:

http://www.danceeurope.net/site/lists/summersch.shtml

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Justin Morrison is a dancer, teacher and performance maker based between San Diego and New York City. This is his personal website and blog.