Himachal Contemporary Dance & Performance Residency (India) is a 3-month intensive Contemporary Dance training course for International and Indian Dancers.

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

When: May 14th – August 17th 2018

The programme is a not-for-profit initiative that fills the gap in dance education in India. Whilst there are many talented dancers around the country who are interested in Contemporary Dance, the opportunities available to them are very very few.Our residency programme is the perfect place for Indian and International dancers to train together, teach together and make lasting creative partnerships and collaborations.

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6-8 hours of training, 5-6 days a week
Live musicians in technique classes
Stunning natural environment
Regular performance opportunities
Contact with an abundance of international artists, creative practitioners and cultural events

Curriculum includes:
Modern Dance Technique (Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Horton)
Release Technique
Flying Low & Passing Through (David Zambrano)
Mattox-Cole Jazz
Contact Improvisation
Choreography & Composition
Performance Studies and Repertory.
Somatics & Body Conditioning (Iyengar Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Experiential Anatomy)
Contextual & Critical studies (Dance History, Philosophy, Art History, Dance Pedagogy)
with workshops by visiting faculty in various styles and subjects such as Classical Indian Dance, Urban Dance, Meditation and Production.

Extra-curricular activities and field activities we will enjoy around the site include contact improvisation jams, ecstatic dance, yoga, and more.

Regular performances will be staged at the site and a repertoire built up with a view to touring locally, state-wide and nationally.

The Residency is ideal for freelance professionals and dancers in training who want to develop themselves to a higher standard in the areas of performance, choreography or teaching.

The Himachal Dance Residency starts on the 14th of May and ends on the 17th of August 2018.

The regular schedule will consist of early morning Somatics & Body Conditioning, followed by Breakfast, 2 x technical classes followed by Lunch, Siesta (mid day break/nap), early evening workshop or lecture, followed by dinner, with field activities or rehearsals at night.

Freelance dancers, teachers, choreographers, studio owners, college graduates and those with at least a year of professional dance training are encouraged to apply.

We are also very interested in Classical dancers and urban dancers who are interested in learning Western Contemporary techniques and methods of choreography and composition to add to their vocabulary.

Every technique class will be accompanied by a live musician, a rare treat in India but common practice in most international dance institutes. Our musicians hail from many different parts of the world and we are blessed that the Dharamshala community is made up of some of the very best of them!

Faculty members include:

Nathaniel Parchment UK
Nikku Choudhari UK
Irene Van Zeeland US
Erica Kaufman US
Prashant More IN
Irene Fiordilino IT
Sankalp Sharma IN

We would like to reiterate that the course is a not-for-profit initiative. For one international participant we are able to provide food and accommodation for one of our Indian scholarship students. Whilst some of our Indian students are able to afford the course, many are unable to pay for their food and accommodation costs. We are happy to provide an innovative model whereby everyone can train together, no matter their socio-economic background.

TUITION (International Participants)

3 months
INR 90,000
EUR 1100

2 months
INR 70,000

1 month
INR 40,000

EUR 490


On-site accommodation options are available to to first respondents. There are also an abundance of affordable houses and guest houses available to rent nearby. Once registered, our accommodation team will help to arrange the appropriate accommodation for your budget.

Current availability is as follows:
Single Room + 3 meals per day
INR15,000 per month
Shared Room (dbl) + 3 meals per day
INR12,000 per month


Contact details
Whatsapp: +917350070533

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