International workshop

The next workshop



July18th–August 28th2018


The program

– Six weeks

– Seven hours of classes per day

– Saturday morning: research and experimentation workshops

– Sunday: two optionaltrips


The Site

The Ecole des Sables is located near Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village 53 kilometers south of Dakar, at the foot of a lagoon between ocean and savannah. The Center has two dance studios (400 m2 and 280 m2), 24 bungalows for accommodation, a restaurant, a conference room and an infirmary.


The participants 

The course is for professional dancers and advanced dancers (at least 5 years of regular and weekly dance practice). Researchers and academics, as well as professionals in other fields using dance for professional reasons (dance therapy, music therapy, singing, acting etc.) may also register under the condition of having a minimum intermediate level (at least 3 years of regular and weekly dance practice).


The teachers 

Technique Acogny : Ise Verstegen (Holland), Raouf Tchakondo (Togo), Aïda Colmenero Diaz (Spain) and Alesandra Seutin (Belgium/UK/ Zimbabwe).

Traditional Dances : Ida Faho (Burkina Faso), Raouf Tchakondo (Togo) and Rokhaya Thioune (Senegal)

Research workshops and theoretical approaches: Patrick Acogny, Germaine Acogny


The price

The total workshop costs are  2160 euro, including:

-accommodation and meals in the center for 6 weeks

-Transfer from the airport to the school

-210 hours of professional dance classes.

Travel and compulsory travel insurance are the responsibility of the trainee.




Send to the following email address: a CV, a motivation letter, the attached or downloadable registration form on our website, a recent ID photo and, if possible, a short video of a one-minute solo (YouTube link).

Dossier of Workshop presentation

(PDF, 665KB)

Application form

(PDF, 481KB)

Receive information about the International Workshop


Laylie Weidman, USA
It is only now that I realize how my way of dancing and my choreographic ideas have evolved. This workshop strengthened my body – my legs, my trunk, my arms – and widened my concentration and focus capacities. I acquired a new energy which I find exciting to explore. I also feel a stronger connection to the earth, to the space around, and of course to music.

Aida Colmenero Diaz, Spain
What I learned from you was a revelation for me. I learned how to work from materials like joy, elegance, and from the relation between the body and nature, life and the sun. I also learned a lot on my own identity. This school is a paradise. It is so wonderful to work here.

Miranda Wheen, USA
I have the feeling that now I have a wider view of Africa and that my body is full of new sensations and new paths. This workshop provided me with new trajectories, both personally and professionally.

Jamila Rodrigues, Brazil
Meeting with dancers from all over the world was an incredible experience. It was interesting to see how people respected their social and religious differences and to feel the harmony that existed within the group.