The “campers” or participants in Camping are 250 students drawn from 24 art schools in France, Europe and around the world, as well as 250 professional dancers attending this platform of workshops and discussions as individuals.
CalArts – California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
The Program builds high-level proficiencies in performance technique, choreography, dance production technology and critical understanding of the artform, all within a global cultural context. Concentrated production seasons of aesthetically diverse work thrive in an atmosphere of creative exchange between professionally motivated students and a faculty of practicing artists. Unique among dance conservatories, students and faculty in the Dance School function both as a close-knit, intimate community— focusing on the work of each individual student in collaboration—and as part of larger circles of practicing artists, in the rapidly growing LA performing arts scene and beyond. The learning experience at CalArts is anchored by a faculty of internationally acclaimed artists who bring immense experience and dedication to mentoring our students through their programs. The faculty maintain the highest standards in artistic and academic achievement, and yet they also provide enough space and creative freedom for students to be able to grow in their own unique ways, form their own creative visions and develop into the singular dance artists they are passionate to become. Student-centered learning is a founding principle of CalArts, and today it continues to be at the heart of The Sharon Disney Lund’s mission to train the next generation of artists.
Visages du monde – centre de formation danse (CFD) de Cergy
The Centre de Formation Danse (CFD) of Cergy, a public establishment supported by the Ile-de-France Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs (DRAC) and the Ministry of Culture, offers professional training as cultural facilitator (passeur culturel) in hip-hop dances. This innovative training, designed by and for the actors in the field, insists on the notion of transmission, whether through pedagogy, creation or project management. It is based on hip-hop pedagogy (peer-to-peer learning, practice of improvisation, circle exchange, call & response, etc.) and works to build a framework and recognition for hip-hop dance education through a conscious and qualitative transmission of knowledge and know-how. Around twenty French and foreign trainees follow each year a rich program combining theoretical and technical courses, residence time, educational practice in the field and creation, to build up their careers as future artists, facilitators and actors of hip hop culture.
Charleroi danse / INSAS / ENSAV La Cambre – Master Danse et Pratiques chorégraphiques
In September 2021, the first class of the Master's degree in Dance and choreographic practices was inaugurated! The course is the result of a unique collaboration and a three-way partnership between the Charleroi dance centre and two art colleges, La Cambre/ENSAV and INSAS /Institut Supérieur des arts du spectacle. The two-year Master's programme is designed to offer an international and multicultural teaching framework that brings together and develops skills and research specific to dance, its writing and production. Choreographic creation is placed at the centre of the programme, but in interaction with other disciplines, and is approached from a variety of artistic perspectives. The pedagogy emphasises experimentation and the collaborative dimension. The course questions the place of artists in society and stimulates reflection on the history of the discipline and new methods of creation. This first student cohort is supervised by a trio of choreographers who are the principal teachers: Ayelen Parolin, Serge Aimé Coulibaly and Daniel Linehan.
Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP)
The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris trains very high-level professional dancers who go on to join major national and international companies. Its ambitious pedagogy combines a foundation level with two training courses for dance performers (classical and contemporary), and an advanced level in dance equivalent to a Master’s degree, as well as a course in movement notation (Laban and Benesh) that is unique in the world. Boasting a tradition of excellence and innovative teaching, the Conservatoire passes on a very diverse repertoire and invites creation through the works of the great choreographers of our time. Its openness to the world is characterised by partnerships with other major institutions such as Chaillot - Théâtre national de la danse or the CN D Centre national de la danse, as well as numerous international partner schools. Every year, the Conservatoire’s students take part in major choreographic projects in its two performance spaces and outside the school, events which are an integral part of the Conservatoire’s public season. Throughout their studies, they also benefit from the cultural and artistic life of Paris.
Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon (CNSMD Lyon)
The CNSMD Lyon approach is based on teaching excellence, innovative pedagogy and transversal creation. Under a new directorship since 2019, with an outstanding faculty, this open training program is full of vitality, enriched by its links to top visual and performing arts schools, a 6-university network (CHELS, Lyon 2) and the professional milieu. The CNSMD Lyon is committed to developing the autonomy and collaborative work of students supporting an annual student creation festival entirely produced and self-managed by the student dancers and musicians. Professional integration of dancers is favored with the CNSMD Lyon’s network of more than seventy partners, increasing artistic exchange possibilities – emerging technologies AI/VR/VR included – in a creative lab-campus environment. The course mobilizes the dance student’s newly-acquired knowledge via creative processes and exploration of repertory works with established and young avant-garde creators/choreographers. In addition to a strong technical and intellectual foundation, students develop a sense of artistic commitment and endurance. The final year of the 4-year cursus in contemporary and classical dance culminates in a Junior Ballet, at once a touring pre-professional company and a community.
Coline, professional course in contemporary dance
Coline is a professional training for dancers in contemporary dance, and is based at the Maison de la danse in Istres. Coline offers a full time 2 years course and is aiming to guide 12 / 14 dancers towards a professional career. It gives a major place to artistic commitment, to creation and repertory work by inviting guest choreographers to share the experiment of creating new pieces or repertory works through stage experiences. Coline develops technical abilities of the dancers as well as their artistic skills and potentials by confronting them to the realities of the professional dance world – especially - through pedagogical actions related to contemporary pieces from the guest choreographers by leading workshops with young publics mainly from schools. Invited choreographers 2020/2022 : Maguy Marin, Hervé Robbe, Ambra Senatore, Thomas Lebrun, Christian Ubl, chorégraphe associé au Pe2c-Istres (Pôle d’Expérimentation et de création chorégraphique), Joanne Leighton.
Dançando com a Diferença
Founded by Henrique Amoedo in 2001, Dançando com a Diferença occupies the imagination of the public through the different initiatives and choreographic works that have exacerbated the aesthetic and artistic quality existing in diversified communities, in the case of this company, through the merger of bodies and desires of interpreters with and without disabilities. Between the island of Madeira and the city of Viseu (in a continuous close partnership with Teatro Viriato), on a path that has been in existence for twenty years and a process that little by little has been conquering spaces in the Portuguese and European artistic and cultural fabric for inclusive companies and interpreters with disabilities, It is currently difficult to dissociate the name of this company from great names in contemporary arts and their works that have contributed to a much more inclusive and empathetic awareness and social perception towards young people and adults with disabilities. Between Europe and America, this structure already had the opportunity to give classes, shows, workshops, conferences and / or other actions in the scope of the Inclusive Dance. And its pedagogic activities and classes, Dançando com a Diferença attends weekly 300 people with and without disability with ages between 6 and 85 years Madeira Island and Viseu, with its different and existing groups (formation and company groups).
École du Cndc–Angers
The École Supérieure du Centre National de Danse contemporaine d’Angers (CNDC), founded in 1978, offers a three-year training course in choreography, accessible by audition and entirely taught by artists, researchers and academics active on the contemporary scene. Based in a national choreographic centre, the school benefits from the professional and international dynamics of this institution dedicated to the programming and production of choreographic works. The choreographer Noé Soulier, appointed director of the CNDC in 2020, has introduced a new pedagogical project that closely interweaves physical practices, composition and creation practices, artistic and theoretical analyses and an awareness of production and communication contexts. Through workshops, classes, physical, choreographic and theoretical practices, and the creation of shows and specific collaborations with partner institutions, the school makes an array of tools available to students, allowing them to find their own way and thus be able to contribute to the vivacity and diversity of contemporary dance going forward. As the only university-level school exclusively dedicated to contemporary dance in France, the CNDC awards a professional degree (Diplôme national supérieur professionnel de danseur.euse), in conjunction with a Bachelor of Arts in dance awarded in partnership with the University of Angers.
École européenne supérieure de l’image (EESI)
The École européenne supérieure de l’image (EESI) Angoulême-Poitiers is a public art college under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. It offers a course in contemporary artistic creation. The EESI provides a demanding, diversified and open education combining theory and artistic practice, in conjunction with numerous regional, national and international partners who support the integration of each student in the world of contemporary artistic creation. EESI trains artists, authors and creators. Students graduate with theoretical and conceptual tools as well as a proficiency in practices and techniques to work in the ever-changing fields and context of art.
École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC)
The École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) is a public higher arts education establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. It trains artists and creators active on the international scene. Requiring a total transversality and relying on a great autonomy of the students in the elaboration of their curriculum, the school's teaching covers a very broad spectrum of disciplines and crosses the fields of visual arts, writing, performing arts, sound, cinema and theory, in conjunction with French and international partners. The ENSAPC is developing a three and five-year curriculum. Its activities are nourished by research processes based on artistic practices. It also offers a PhD-level research programme, set up within the Graduate School Arts and Humanities and the EUR Humanities, Creation, Heritage of the CY Campus.
École nationale supérieure de paysage, Versailles (ENSP)
The École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage (ENSP) trains conceptual landscapists. It is based at the Potager du Roi in Versailles. The landscapists handle different scales of territory (the creation of gardens, arrangement of public spaces, urban planning, territorial projects). They have to take into consideration complex time-lines: the growth of vegetation, seasonal cycles, individual and collective movements, urban mutations… They also need to understand from the territorial forms that are produced, how it is possible to transform them, influence them or highlight them, as well as how to create new landscapes and renew the identity of a site. The teaching of a landscape project lies at the heart of this pedagogical approach. An artistic dimension is broadly applied: practice is primordial so as to acquire references, skills and a critical attitude towards the context of contemporary creation. Many artists (visual, choreographers, writers…) are invited to contribute to this teaching, which is generally done in the form of workshops.
Exerce, ICI—CCN Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier
Initiated in 2011, in partnership with Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, the Exerce Master is an internationally recognised training course for artist project-leaders (choreographers, performers) and dance research. Exploring ways of working as a dancer, choreographer, researcher, citizen, is at the heart of the Exerce Master: an invitation to both broaden the fields of choreography and pursue alignment between artistic processes and research methodologies.One of its unique features is that it dovetails with the activities of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier – direction Christian Rizzo thereby giving students-artists-researchers immediate access to current developments in international choreography. In 2021, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of this master degree and, for the occasion, we launch an editorial collection composed of former students dissertations.
Extensions, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie
From October to June, the training program takes place at La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, a dancehouse involving in show programming, production funding, artists residencies and raising public awareness. It is the place in Toulouse from where the energies and appetites for dance converge and start, those of artists and audiences, professionals and amateurs alike. It launches a permanent invitation to dance and see dancing, to think and rethink dance. Since 2000, the training program 'Extensions', mentored by choreographers and artists from different fields offers the opportunity to twelve dancers from various backgrounds to immerge themselves into the reality of the performing profession. Its goal is to create the conditions for young artists to integrate a specific professional environment. Through technical classes and workshops, the dancers will have the opportunity to discover multiple and singular aesthetics. The dancers will develop their own body language and autonomy as well as a bigger reflection about choreographic writing. Accessing theoretical classes, conferences, meetings with professionals, shows and our archives will provide different tools to the dancers to nourish their practice. The whole training program intend to develop a spirit of analysis and open to new practices and reflections. The morning classes as well as the workshops scheduled for the Extensions training are regularly open to outdoor dancers of professional and advanced level.
KASK & Conservatorium, School of arts, Gand
The Drama program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) educates students to develop an artistic practice in the domain of the performing arts that is personal, driven by curiosity and guided by an enduring research attitude. The program encourages students to position themselves, both practically and discursively, in relation to contemporary developments in the performing arts, but also to experiment in a search for innovative contents and artistic forms. Collaboration and cross-pollination between artistic disciplines is therefore strongly encouraged. In this regard, the program benefits greatly from being embedded in the multidisciplinary School of arts. It aims to educate ‘autonomous dramatic artists’ (rather than perfomers who primarily execute the director’s vision). For that reason, students are not required to decide at the start of the program which forms of theatre or performance they want to make or which roles in the creative process they want to take up. Instead, during their training, students endeavor into different aspects of theatre and experiment with different forms and functions, so that they can gradually define their own personal (often heterogeneous) practice as performer, theatre maker, actor, writer, director, and so on. It combines an intensive performance training in the studio, where basic performance skills are acquired, with theoretical classes and an artistic coaching that should lead to the development of an autonomous artistic practice. The program consists of a three-year academic bachelor (Dutch only) and a one-year academic master (both in Dutch and in English).
La Manufacture – Haute école des arts de la scène, Lausanne
The Bachelor's degree in dance at La Manufacture privileges experimentation in a holistic approach to the body, the arts and the world. The objective is to train creative, autonomous dancers with a reflective approach in search of a rich understanding of the complexity of today's world. The formation is built around three main axes: Training occupies a primordial place, the objective being the development of bodily capacities and its autonomy in regular practice. At the Manufacture’s dance bachelor, training is based on the infinite possibilities of movement of the human body and on its ability to learn, develop and integrate new capacities, rather than on the reconstitution of historical dance styles or particular artistic currents. The training emphasizes the importance of the body and physicality as raw material, and this rigorous and diversified training results in original forms of virtuosity. Artistic practice is approached by considering the dancer as a participant in the choreographic process, bearing a real responsibility for the work. The training encourages inventiveness and a taste for experimentation, as well as a commitment to research. It aims to stimulate the integration of the physical, sensory and intellectual dimensions, both conscious and intuitive, and considers choreographic practice as a discipline open to other fields: theater, music, visual arts, anthropology, sociology, politics… The reflective approach - through theoretical contributions, often linked to practical experiences - aims to allow a critical perspective of the artistic practice and to develop an awareness of the complex interrelationships that constitute the functioning of the world.
Les Beaux-Arts de Paris
The Beaux-Arts de Paris are both a place of artistic instruction and experimentation, exhibition, conservation of historical and contemporary collections and a publishing house. Heiress of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which was founded in the 18th century, and is home to collections containing more than 450,000 works and one of the largest contemporary art libraries in France. The school, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture, provides high-level training and occupies an essential place on contemporary artistic scene. The course is studio-based under the guidance of renowned artists and is supplemented by a range of basics of theoretical and technical teaching. The Beaux-Arts de Paris associated with universities Paris Sciences &Lettres (PSL) , are one of the founding institutions of the doctoral program Sciences, Arts, creation, research (SACRe) including the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, which also take part in Camping. The students of the Atelier Danse, Chorégraphie et Performance (director Emmanuelle Huynh), created rin 2016 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, participate for the fifth time in Camping.
Université d’Ochanomizu, Tokyo
The dance programme of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo offers a multifaceted and comprehensive approach that places great emphasis on physical activity and expression. Ochanomizu University is the only national structure of its kind to offer students a four-year dance course. As the teaching of dance has only recently been incorporated into Japanese university curricula, the school has made innovative scholarships available. The techniques of modern dance, improvisation, creation, kabuki dance and martial arts are all featured in the university programme.
Université Paris-8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis – Master de création littéraire
The master’s in literary creation, provided by the University Paris 8 since 2013, is one of the few courses of this sort in France. It is based on the founding tradition of University Paris 8, with the place it reserves for creators in its teaching and research activities. It is presented as a school of literary art, favouring work in studios and experimenting with workshop forms. It welcomes 20 students per year to a literary project, whether this will appear in a book or not. Alongside their personal projects, the students are encouraged to carry out group schemes, with partner institutions such as La Maison de la Poésie, l'Espace Khiasma, or the Centre national de la Danse… The master’s inaugurated a literary webradio, “Radio Brouhaha”.
Université Paris-8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis – Master Danse
Since 1989, Université Paris-8’s dance department has provided an experimental place for students to reflect on, practice and exchange about dance, introducing them to the tools needed to work in the field of choreography. It offers four interlinked approaches to dance, corresponding to various moments and dynamics since the department was created: a philosophical approach to the body in dance as the source, material and mechanism of choreography and its perception; research into the dancer’s work, the conditions of his or her expressiveness, his or her training methods and performances considered through the prism of gesture; the analysis of choreographic works – the historical, aesthetic and cultural contexts that have determined discourse on dance and an analysis of works as well as the history of dance itself; anthropology and the analysis of practices that lie outside so-called “stage” dance.
Parsons The New School for Design, Paris
Established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in Paris, Parsons Paris today is an international community of students and distinguished faculty committed to tackling the challenges of an evolving world with creativity and intellectual rigor. Parsons Paris offers innovative English language bachelor's and master’s degree programs in fashion, strategic design management, and art, media, and technology. Curricula bring together the globally renowned pedagogy of Parsons School of Design and the unique resources of Paris, with its heritage brands, forward-looking entrepreneurial culture, and access to Europe and beyond. Together with Parsons in New York and The New School – Parsons’ parent university – Parsons Paris maintains a network of local and global universities, cultural institutions, and organizations and businesses. Inspired by this dynamic city and a collaborative, interdisciplinary culture, graduates go on to pioneer new industries and pursue creative careers in Paris and worldwide.
Pôle supérieur d’enseignement artistique Paris - Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB)
PSPBB is a public higher education institution established at the initiative and with the support of the French Ministry of Culture, the city of Paris, and the city of Boulogne-Billancourt, which is part of the Grand Paris Seine Ouest (GPSO) Urban Community. The PSPBB is a member of the Alliance Sorbonne Université, of the ANESCAS, and of the European Association of Conservatories (AEC) Over 200 renowned teachers and guest instructors ensure the quality, prestige, and diversity of the educational opportunities at PSPBB. The pedagogical approach of the dance department: – a curriculum geared towards the training of versatile and competent dancers who can adapt to the realities of the professional world ; – a multidisciplinary teaching approach (jazz, modern, classical ballet, contemporary dance, tap dance, theater, singing, hip-hop, etc.) along with workshops, masterclasses, and transversal artistic projects ; – an essential focus on on-stage training in order to embrace the affirmation of artistic sensitivity, technical mastery, and a creative approach ; – a reflection on the evolution of jazz dance and its place in the contemporary artistic landscape.
Stockholm University of the Arts
The Department of Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts strives to be a current, qualitative and dynamic place of education and research within contemporary dance and choreography. With its strong ties to the professional sphere, the department actively promotes the development of its artistic field both in Sweden and internationally. Dance and choreography are expansive fields in an international context. World developments, changes in terms of funding and allocation, and not least the healthy development of and experimentation within this field mean that the circumstances for a professional dancer are constantly changing. In order to face these challenges, the department programmes aim to help students improve their situational analysis skills, independence and artistic awareness. The Department of Dance aims to create understanding and provide insight into different practices, methods and approaches, but also strives to offer an experimental environment in the intersection between education and research that can be at the forefront of developing dance and choreography of the future. The Department of Dance offers three programmes: the Bachelor’s Programme in Dance Performance, the Master’s Programme in New Performative Practices and the Master’s Programme in Choreography. There are also a number of related independent courses.
University of the Arts – School of Dance, Philadelphie
The School of Dance at the University of the Arts encourages undergraduate and graduate students to boldly take risks in the process of transforming ourselves, each other, and by extension, the world. A large school situated within a small university for the visual and performing arts in Philadelphia, the School of Dance reimagines the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory by pursuing a pedagogy that interweaves practice, theory and the development of critical thinking to actively motivate students and the development of their research. The School of Dance relies heavily on collaborative, interdisciplinary networks of artists, mentors and scholars to foster critical conversations situated around the meanings, purposes, and potentialities of dance and performance in contemporary society. The undergraduate program (BFA) is divided into two parts: the Foundation Series (for 1st and 2nd year students) and Portfolio & Research Series (for 3rd and 4th year students). This program mobilizes curricular structures and strategies to deepen collaboration and exchange across a range of dancing practices and modalities. The graduate (MFA) program aims to rethink inherited practices and consider an inclusive global future for the field by departing from a traditional educational format proposing instead the manifestation of temporary schools and forms of collective study that create and enliven experimental and emergent pedagogies. The School of Dance seeks to open up student-driven pathways to expand the ways students access and think about the practices and techniques of making and performing dance - valuing their skills and committing to the urgency of their ambitions as capable of experimenting with and showing us ways of being of the world yet to be imagined.
University of California – Santa Cruz
The Dance program at University of California, Santa Cruz (a minority-serving, public research institution) focuses on the student's individual growth within the spectrum of dance and performance practices and a general humanities education. The technical training is intensive, but not at the expense of an immersive experience in a university environment. The program does not aim to mold students into any of the systems of dance which survive from strong individual artistic legacies. Instead, it aims to provide students with the means to recognize the formation of a variety of performance styles, to contextualize the uses of dance and movement outside the area of performance, and to develop their own choices in forming a personal style, liberating them to choose the paths they wish to follow. The dance curriculum values foundational work in physiologically correct movement principles and mechanics; conscious use of the craft of movement for the realization of personal intentions in performance and choreography; and understanding of a wide variety of approaches to dance performance, history, and ethnology. Since 2012, the UCSC Theater Arts Department has been able to offer a Dance minor, for students interested in deepening their dance training and education.
University Of Wiconsin - Milwaukee
In its 58th year, the University of Wisconsin Department of Dance offers student-centered training with top-ranked professionals engaged in each student’s goals. Our faculty commitment to each student’s uniqueness is displayed in the diversity in training and inclusive nature of our programs’ structures. Our BA in Dance, BFA in Contemporary Performance & Choreography, and MFA in Dance degree programs are designed to prepare our students for a multitude of careers in the field of dance along with a Minor in Somatics, Minor in Dance Performance and a Pilates Certificate. UWM Dance Department prepares students for a performing career through a comprehensive rigorous technical training in diverse dance forms, choreography, extensive performance opportunities, and dance academic study in Dance History, Music Theory, Somatics, and Movement Analysis. Students cultivate creativity as they develop, design, and connect their artistic vision to social justice & community engagement as activists through their embodied scholarship, and advocate for resources through student government and student-run dance organizations. Our department produces four concerts each year: Senior BFA/BA students present choreography in New Dancemakers, graduate students in our MFA program present their thesis research in Dancemakers concert, and faculty and nationally renowned guest artists present world-premiere works in Winterdances and Springdances. Students train with and perform in original works by nationally renowned guest artists each semester, such as Oliver Tarpaga, Parijat Desai, Bernard Brown, Marina Magalhães, D. Sabela Grimes, Ana Maria Alvarez, Kia Smith, and Gerald Casel. Beyond the studio, faculty mentor students in funded, undergraduate research and professional internships. Nationwide, the achievements of our alumni leave lasting imprints of the work we develop at UWM Dance. From educators building bridges into communities to teaching positions in many academic institutions across the United States, our former students – now working professionals – are the best evidence of our commitment to using art as social action.