Organized from April 14th to July 7th, 2010 by Ecole des Sables in Senegal, this important training-exchange-creation project, a first of this kind, will allow the dancers from Africa and the African Diaspora to get solid training given by renowned teachers. They will explore the tremendous richness of traditional dances and assimilate diverse contemporary dance techniques. They will benefit from tools, which will feed the choreographic creation process with new aspects and ways of writing choreography. Moreover, the connection between the dancers will allow the discovery, a better knowledge and an exchange of their traditional dances, their origins as well as what they have become today.
The Ecole des Sables is an International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances, in Toubab Dialaw, a small fishing village of Senegal. With its two dance spaces of 400 sqm and 280 sqm of a hors du commun architecture, 24 bungalows, a restaurant and a conference room is a real village for dance in the African savannah and by the border of the Atlantic Ocean.