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.

There is a huge potential in becoming aware of the empowering impact dance can have on people, so keep checking back as we continue to update this site!

It is time to let the world benefit from the tools that dance has to offer:

Empowering Dance – The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach is happy to share with you:

Soft Skills in Dance – A guidebook to enhance your practice

Co-funded by the EU's Erasmus+ programme, the project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach developed this digital guidebook to support dance artists (choreographers, dance makers, dance teachers), especially those who have a participatory approach, in making explicit the soft skills in their artistic dance practice and to share them with dance participants. 

The seven European partners and their teams – CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italy), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, Netherlands), HIPP - Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Zagreb, Croatia), K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel (Germany), La Briqueterie CDCN of Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), University of Roehampton (London, UK), University of Zagreb, Academy of Fine Arts (Croatia) – build on the results of their previous shared project, funded by Erasmus+ and running from 2018 to 2020: Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills.

Inspired by these findings, the follow-up project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach (2020-2023) was created to develop a resource to support dance practitioners in reflecting on their own practice, with regard to soft skills. Through becoming more aware of their own competencies and articulating them more clearly, this resource was created to support the dance artist in applying their soft skills both within the dance profession, as well as other fields of work beyond dance.

Welcome to the Empowering Dance online Guidebook.

Il est temps de profiter des outils que la danse a à offrir :

Empowering Dance – The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach est ravi de partager avec vous : 

Soft Skills in Dance – A guidebook to enhance your practice

Cofondé par le programme Erasmus+ de l’Union Européenne, le projet Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach a développé ce manuel numérique pour aider les praticiens de la danse (chorégraphes, enseignants en danse…), surtout ceux qui emploient une approche participative, à rendre explicites les soft skills dans leur pratique artistique et à les partager avec leurs différents publics. 
Les sept partenaires européens  : CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italie), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, Pays Bas), HIPP – Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Zagreb, Croatie), K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel (Allemagne), La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), University of Roehampton (Londres, Royaume-Uni), L’Université de Zagreb, Académie des beaux arts (Croatie) - tirent parti des résultats du projet commun précédent, Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills (2018-2020).

Inspiré de ces résultats, la suite du projet, Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach (2020-2023) a été créée afin de développer une ressource pour aider les praticiens de la danse dans la réflexion de leur propre pratique en rapport avec les soft skills. En devenant davantage conscients de leurs compétences et les articulant avec plus de clarté, cette ressource a été créée afin d’aider les artistes dans l’application de leurs soft skills dans le champ de la danse, ainsi que dans d’autres domaines au-delà de la danse.

Bienvenue dans le manuel en ligne de Empowering Dance !




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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.

In August 2021, hosted by partner organization Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, we were able to gather in person for the first time in order to coordinate the work of the project. Alongside meetings around administrative and financial issues, over the course of three days we engaged in the physical practices of the projects’ artists/educators and reflected together on the key themes of the project. We also addressed challenges dance institutions and practitioners have to face due to pandemic restrictions and how this may affect the work on the project and each partner’s responsibilities in the collaborative work process.

In November 2021 the research team, including partners from Roehampton University and K3/Kampnagel, met at La Briqueterie in Vitry-sur-Seine, France to discuss and assess the work done since the prior meeting in Italy. Together they mapped future actions and designated the target audience for testing the project’s suspected outcomes.

In December 2021, the project partners and participants met in Hamburg at K3 to further develop the Empowering Dance project. In this third live transnational project meeting where we were all able to meet in person, we planned the timeline of the upcoming meetings and milestones for 2022 and agreed on various administrative and financial aspects. The second working day focused on the artistic and content related exchange of experiences with Hamburg dance professionals, where they questioned various approaches to discovering and teaching soft skills in contemporary dance projects and classes.

In February 2022 we met in hybrid form. Members of the team from Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Italy traveled to Croatia to meet the collaborators from The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance and The University of Zagreb in person. Simultaneously, participants from all other project partners joined digitally. The aim of the meeting was to exchange on the project’s progress with a special focus on the interdisciplinary collaboration with the visual art students at the University of Zagreb. There was also an encounter with local dance artists in Zagreb regarding the key themes of the project.

In March 2022 members of the teams from K3/Kamnagel, Roehampton University and Centro per la Scena Contemporanea met at La Briqueterie in Vitry-sur-Seine to discuss the development of the project. Video interviews were made with members of the French case study and project research team in order to document and communicate the discoveries of the project in the future. There were also 3 workshops offered to local dance students, dance teachers and professional dance artists to share aspects of the project and exchange about soft skill development in their own dance practices. Participants of the project also participated in a dance and health event hosted by La Briqueterie where they had encounters with the public and could exchange more about the project.

In the beginning of May 2022 participants from all partner organizations met in Hamburg to assess the progress of the project. Focus was given to planning and scheduling the upcoming testing phase for the draft of the digital handbook, which included identifying the profile needed for testers in each country and preparing a methodology for evaluation of the testing phase. In addition to attending to administrative and financial issues, there were also discussions to prepare for future dissemination strategies and activities.

Additional transnational project meetings are planned throughout 2022.

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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