Dancing on the Edge Scholarship Programme for Contemporary Dancers from the Middle East and North Africa (Netherlands / Online)

Dutch festival Dancing on the Edge are calling a new generation of contemporary dancers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) for the Dancing on the Edge Scholarship Programme 2020. Dancing on the Edge (DOTE) offers scholarships to young talent from the MENA region to attend a three-week summer dance workshop programme in Amsterdam, taking place in June/July 2021.

In 2021, depending on developments around Covid-19, this will either be offline in Amsterdam (attending the three-week Amsterdam Summer Intensive) or online in the three-week Online Masterclass Programme. On the application form, you can let Dancing on the Edge know if you are interested to participate in both programmes, or just one or the other.

DOTE is the only organisation in The Netherlands solely devoted to stimulating artistic exchange in the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and multimedia with the MENA region. The scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Henny Jurriëns Studio (HJS). HJS is the most prominent dance-training institute for professional level dancers in the Netherlands.

Due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions, it remains unclear whether the Amsterdam Summer Intensive is able to take place in July 2021. In 2020 it wasn’t, and the Dancing on the Edge Scholarship went online, providing the scholarship dancers with a carefully selected three-week online dance masterclass programme. In 2021, the organisers will offer dancers the three-week offline scholarship in July, if the Amsterdam Summer Intensive takes place and intercontinental travel is possible. If not, they will offer the three-week Online Masterclass Programme in June, with some of the same dance teachers.

The DOTE Scholarship Programme covers travel and visa expenses, accommodation, programme fees, and some performance tickets for the offline programme. There is no per diem: participants are expected to pay for their own living and other expenses. They should also pay their own travel/health insurance.

Dancers applying must:

  • Come from (and be at least partly based in) an Arab country or Iran.

  • Have at least some (and preferably substantial) training and performance experience in contemporary dance.

  • Be no older than 27 years.

For the offline programme they should also:

  • Be capable of travelling and living independently for this period.

  • Have enough resources to pay for food and other living expenses that may occur in this period.

  • Have or be able to acquire health/travel insurance for this period.

  • Arrange their own visa if necessary (with the help of organizing parties).

Deadline: 1 March 2021

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