Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach

Knowledge that is specific to dance is often implied or “silent” knowledge, operating in the background and rarely named in detail for its unique impact and potential in diverse settings. Empowering Dance – The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach builds on the experiences of earlier projects (Communicating Dance and Empowering Dance – Developing Soft Skills). The new project continues to delve deeper into identifying, collecting, analyzing and articulating the implicit skills developed through dance practice by focusing on examples of select contemporary dance practices involving a community of non-professionals. The project began in December 2020 and will continue over a period of 2 and a half years until May 2023.

The findings of this project will be published in a digital handbook to assist dance practitioners to identify and communicate the soft skills they use and generate in their respective practices with non-professional dance communities. The research investigates how soft skills can be developed and transferred, as well as positively impact the confidence of those engaging with dance practice. The publication of the digital handbook is scheduled for Autumn 2022. Multiplier events will then be held in all partner cities through spring 2023.

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Journey

The digital kick-off meeting took place in December 2020 and since then, the research team has been collaborating closely with the participating artists of the case study projects, who joined the project in February 2021.
Through bi-monthly meetings, artist journals and (online) practice sessions with the local dance communities, the building blocks for soft skill development in dance practice are being identified.

In April 2021 the research team began working with design and animation students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb to start the development process for the digital handbook to be published in Autumn 2022.

In June 2021 a two day online gathering was hosted by partner organization Dansatelier Rotterdam, where the research could be deepened and a first encounter could be made with local artists to better understand the needs for the future digital handbook.

If current pandemic conditions allow, a first in-person transnational project meeting is scheduled for late August 2021, hosted by partner organization Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. 
Additional transnational projects meetings are planned for fall 2021 and throughout 2022.

The publication of the digital handbook is scheduled for Autumn 2022.

Multiplie events will then be held in all partner cities through spring 2023.

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