UP2DANCE – updating professional profiles towards contemporary dance.
Polish Dance Theatre in collaboration with Balleto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal), ICK (Netherlands) and Magenta Consultoria (Spain) investigate current curriculum, situation of dance profesionalist on the labor market and changes that have affected dance industry in Europe in the last 20 years.
The main challenge that the Up2Dance project partners have to face is the need of a re-definition of curricula and general update of training programs in accordance with the most recent trends.
The situation in Europe is not homogeneous. Northern EU countries have almost fully embraced contemporaneity and are now drawing the change, in South-eastern Europe these new languages and approaches still lack a proper diffusion in the vocational training programs and have not led to the definition of new curricula yet.
The Up2Dance project aims to support modernization of education and training systems, in particular through better use of tools concerning the dance industry at European level.
The project is supported by the ERASMUS+ Program of the European Union.
The Up2Dance project was launched with a meeting at the Polish Dance Theatre studio in Poznan, Poland (January, 15-18, 2020). During the kick-off meeting all partners and their organizations were presented, main subjects were discussed and schedule for next activities related to the Up2Dance project timeline. The next step was training that supposed to take place in Gijon (Spain) in March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 emergency finally it was implemented on-line. During the week of workshops all project partners attention was directed, among others, to national and European qualification frames. Activities planned for next months, will be round tables which are foreseen with local, regional and national stakeholders aiming to discuss dance professional profiles (like dancer, choreographer), competences and roles.