Programs for older dancers in Europe?
Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:53 AM
I've been dancing professionally the past 3 years with a small contemporary ballet company and now a small classical company. The work is great but not consistent, so I work well for a few weeks and get in better shape, but can't sustain it when we're on break or doing smaller outreach performances. It's a bit of a cycle: I can't find more work because I'm not in shape and I'm not going to be able to get in the shape that I'd like unless I'm really dancing all day - the 1 1/2 hr. per day thing really isn't cutting it.
So this all got me thinking, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any programs in Europe or Canada or whatever (I don't really know of any in the US and I would also like to get out and experience something new) - ballet program, maybe some contemporary, just like an academy, however I am at the higher end of the age range, 21, so haven't been able to find anything to accommodate that. I haven't really been interested in any college courses, but if it's very dance based then I would definitely look into it. Only for a year or two to get going.
I hope this makes sense and that someone can help me! Thanks in advance
"Dance is music made visible."
Posted 22 April 2011 - 12:18 PM
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And of thy meager store
Two loaves alone to thee are left
Sell one, and with thy dole
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:01 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 09:55 PM
Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:34 PM
For example, the Ballettakademie Hans Vogl, or the Folkwang Universität der Künste both accept adults. Additionally, one of the best private contemporary school, called Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance, also accepts people in your age range (plus the website can be viewed in English )
There is also a fantastic resource where you can look into German schools, <http://www.dance-web.../ausbildg.htm>. This tells you the length and aim of each course/school, as well as a website. Unfortunately it's in German though... Hope this helps!!
Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:33 AM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:49 PM
http://www.hfmt-koel...ge/ba/tanz.html Musikhochschule Köln (contemp)
Palucca School Dresden (excellent! One of the best academies in Germany! They do both, contemp and classical, would fit your profile very well!) http://www.palucca.e...l/greeting.html
iwanson.de Iwanson Munich (contemp)
http://www.muho-mann...eberuns/Ballett Musikhochschule Mannheim (classical)
I really would not recommend most private schools in Germany (except Iwanson), the quality is not very high compared to one of the big state funded schools - regardless what they tell you.
Köln, Palucca and Iwanson do also offer excellent teacher training programs. Education in Germany is quite cheap (Iwanson costs more as it is private, however still nothing compared to the US) and there are plenty of performance and training opportunities in Köln and Munich. Palucca Dresden does have the advantage of really cheap living and flat rentals in addition to the state funded almost free dance program at one of the best academies in Germany. I`d look into that! Ballet academies in Germany are almost all run in English, as there are 90% foreign dancers studying there (including the teachers and ADs who are not German in most cases as well).
Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:05 AM