Dance It! Spring Intensive 2015

Project Teachers Participation Fee Schedule Locations Closing Show

Dance It! is a week-long annual dance workshop which takes place in Bulgaria during the academic spring break (April 6- April 12, 2015, Dance Station and Closing show - April 13, at 7 pm at the Maxima Hall of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria). It is an international collaboration which targets young dancers from Bulgaria (mainly) and from all over the world.

In the course of the week, young dancers (both professionals and advanced amateurs in training) take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents who bring unique expertise to dancers who do not have the chance to experience it in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in a choreography set up during the course of the workshop.

The goal of the project is to give young dancers the opportunity to acquire knowledge of several fundamentally different dance forms and techniques, while also allowing them to take part in the creative process and experience international exchange and intercultural communication.

The spring program closes with a big final show – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned guest dance artists.

In the course of the workshop week, different dance master classes as well as public discussions on relevant topics also enrich the program.

Each year, five or six of the best workshop participants receive scholarships for summer dance intensive programs in renowned U.S. schools and companies.

Since 2008, more than 700 dancers from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal and USA participated in all 8 editions of Dance It! More than 25 young talents received scholarships for schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios, Syracuse University, Deeply Rooted Productions etc. Many of our scholarship students currently work in dance companies in Italy, Germany, the U.S. and in Bulgarian state dance institutions as well as private dance formations.

This project is being implemented with the financial support of

America for Bulgaria

America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is partnering with the Iliev Dance Art Foundation in the Dance It! Project since 2011. Founded in 2008, ABF is the successor of the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund (BAEF), an investment fund created by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). One of the goals of the Foundation is to support private-sector art entrepreneurs and organizations. ABF’s mission in arts and culture is to promote greater appreciation of and demand for Bulgarian arts and culture in-country and abroad; to nurture Bulgarian creative talents to lead and compete in the global marketplace; and to enhance Bulgaria’s international cultural profile. With the Dance It! 2014 Project, America for Bulgaria and the Iliev Dance Art Foundation aim at building another cultural bridge between Bulgaria and the United States, as well as to provide opportunities for Bulgarian students in dance to get a feel for the American way of work and to get to know some of the most prominent choreographers and masters of American ballet. For more information, go to  
_MG_1894Dance It! 2014 Jazz Marcus Galante