In parallel to these long-term professional training courses, Ecole des Sables organizes workshops and exchanges for students from dance departments of European and American universities and groups of African dancers, over periods of three to four weeks during which knowledge is pooled and experiences shared for the benefit of all.
Das Arts, (a section of the School of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands) and UCLA, (the University of Los Angeles, USA) were the first to try out these courses in 2003 and 2006.
In 2008, a project with the Theater of Movement, Lyons (France). Course and exchanges with the population of ToubabDialaw (Theater group, wrestlers, fishermen, football players, rappers).
Workshop and Exchanges between the children of ToubabDialaw and the pupils of Jacques Prevert College in Lyons – every 2 years since 2008.
The Ecole des Sables sends regularly it’s teachers for a period of time to the THEATERSCHOOL (and DANCE) in Amsterdam and in 2017 this school will come for one month with 30 students to the Ecole des Sables.
In 2012-2013, for 8 weeks, Ecole des Sables worked with the professional dance school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, in an exchange and discovery project involving 15 students from the “Performing Arts Research and Training Studios”, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and a selection of 15 dancers from all over Africa. A unique artistic and cultural meeting.
Ecole des Sables also works on joint projects with international dance companies (such as Cie. Toula Limniaos and Steptext, Germany; Don’t Hit Mama, The Netherlands; Eddy Maalem and Bernardo Montet, France; Urban Bush Women, United States) which begin with two to five weeks dance classes followed by a creation program and ending with an international tour. This type of project brings together initially an equal number of Western dancers and African dancers, some of whom are selected after the training period to take part in the creation.