Fusion Dance Intensive


with Hilde Cannoodt

December 2017 (dates tbc) - location tbc (Kigali, Rwanda)


Originally from Belgium, now residing in the UK, Hilde Cannoodt is internationally known for her philosophy on fusion dance.  With over 2 decades of experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, performer, choreologist, … she has a wealth of experience to draw from. She has created this dance intensive for dancers of all styles of dance to find their own voice as well as their own dance technique. In the morning sessions we will focus on acquiring new techniques through Hilde's own fusion style. Focus will be on coordination, isolation techniques, flow, footwork, floorwork, articulations of the spine, travelling sequences, … and we will draw from a large range of styles: Hip Hop, house, belly dance, flamenco, West African dance, jazz, contemporary dance and ballet. Throughout the morning classes emphasis will be on expanding movement vocabulary to use for the dancer’s own practice. Towards the end of the intensive we will also look at ways that dancers can create their own personal practice regime.

In the afternoon sessions focus will be on dance theory such as choreology (movement analysis) as well as specific tools for participants to help with their choreographic process. We will have room for discussion, feedback and a lot of individual guidance to ensure that the intensive is suitable for each and every participant in their own journey in their dance. We will learn how to critique each other’s work in a supportive environment to help each dancer grow individually in the directions they want to go in. We will discuss fusion dance philosophies and ethics.

This course is free for Rwandan dancers, other dancers can still apply but require to pay a fee. This fee is 120 000 RWF (around £100 or 110 euros) for the 6 days. The course has limited places.

Requirements of participants:

-          Participants need to cover their own transport costs to and from the studio (location to be confirmed)

-          The course is not suitable for beginners. Only people will some years of experience in dance will be accepted onto the course. Dancers are required to send a video of their work.

-          The style of dance in which dancers are trained in is irrelevant (could be hip hop, traditional dance, contemporary,…) yet the dancers need to have an interest in the idea of transcultural dance. (combining multiple dance disciplines, philosophies, techniques) – knowing more than one dance style is advisable but not a must.

-          Participants need to attend all sessions

-          Participants need to arrive on time (if you are not 10 minutes early, you are already late!)

-          Participants will bring the following with them:
a) a short choreography/sequence in their style of dance (30 seconds max) – this should be a style they are very comfortable with, and know it inside out.
b) an excerpt of their work that they will present towards the end of the intensive. Please note that this doesn’t need to be a finished piece. It can be a work in progress that you can continue working on throughout the intensive as well, in your own time. The work may or may not include text, movement, objects, music/soundscore,…

How to apply?

If you wish to apply, please make sure you have read all requirements and have checked that you are available for all dates. Please fill in the form by clicking on the link below. You will be required to send a link (youtube for example) of a video of yourself dancing, this can be a rehearsal and can just filmed on a smartphone.

Deadline for applications: 1st November 2017

applicants will find out by the 10th November at the latest if they have been accepted or not