– 8-week training and exchange Project between 15 African students from Ecole des sables and 15 students from P.A.R.T.S, the international performing arts school in Belgium.
Both projects brought African and non-African dancers together for a 3 to 5-week training experience. After this session, a number of dancers were selected to take part in a choreographic creation and subsequent touring.
« Crossing paths », third 6-week professional course for dancers from all over the world to discover and share the variety, complexity and specific energy of traditional and contemporary African dances and exchange with dancers and choreographic artists from everywhere.
«Relationships between African/Hip-Hop Dances» a 10-week professional workshop for African dancers. This innovative program gave dancers from really different horizons an opportunity to meet and explore, deconstruct or invent correspondences between traditional and contemporary African dances and contemporary urban dances such as Hip Hop.
Chrysalides Program (3-month phase at Ecole des Sables). Out of the 42 African dancers participating in the «Creating the future» workshop about 20 took part in the Chrysalides Program – a training and residence for choreographic creation. This program, organized in three stages, was a collaboration between Ecole des sables, the national choreography development centre “la Termitière” in Ouagadougou and Gaara Projects in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim was to give experienced dancers and young choreographers the necessary tools for research and choreographic creation.
« Creating the future » a 3-month professional training session for African dancers.
Based on solid professional training for dancers from Africa and the Diaspora, this workshop gave the opportunity to the trainees to explore the tremendous richness of traditional dances and assimilate diverse techniques of contemporary African and Western dances.
first phase of the « Transmission of Germaine Acogny’s Technique », to train African and non-African students from Ecole des sables. The workshop aimed at improving the trainees’ knowledge of the modern African dance technique created by choreographer Germaine Acogny to enable them to teach this technique. The program included three 7-week courses over a 3-year period. There have been two phases. The first from 2010 to 2012, the second transmission session took place from the end of 2011 to May 2013.
« A New Step » second 2-month professional course for professional dancers from all over the world focused on traditional and contemporary African dances.
« Choreographic Tools »; 3-month professional session for African dancers designed as an intensive workshop for dancers already working as choreographers or wishing to become choreographers.
« Tradition / Innovation »; 3-month professional training course for African dancers based on traditional dances, analyzing, deconstructing them for reconstruction and re-creation.
first encounter between choreographers and musicians from Africa and the African Diaspora. For 2 weeks, 30 choreographers and 12 musicians had the opportunity to explore one another’s’ dances and music, analyze their common roots, in order to create together on the basis of this great diversity.
« Encounters and Exchange » first training course for dancers from other continents The African dancers selected had already been students of Ecole des Sables so this was an additional training for them.
first partnership with a Western university (U.C.L.A) for 24 American students from the University of California in Los Angeles and 15 Senegalese dancers from Ecole des sables. This 3-week session was an excellent opportunity to put together various dance styles around Contemporary African Dance.
« Finding one’s roots »; a 3-month professional training course for African dancers, focusing on returning to the roots of traditional African dances to rediscover their specificities, their fundamentals and transcribe them into modern choreography.
a 10-week collaboration with DasArts, a section of the Art College of Amsterdam known for its multidisciplinary dimension (stage directors, video artists, musicians, writers, etc.).
« Learning Choreographic Skills »; 3 months professional training dedicated to the study and experimentation of techniques, principles and methods of choreographic composition.
s3-month professional courses organized for African dancers. These workshops focused on transmission of fundamental tools for professional dancers and an initiation to Contemporary African Dance.