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Companhia de Dança de Almada is currently involved in the Up2DANCE project, whose main objective is to promote the collaboration exchange of good practices at EU level, in particular regarding the development of specific skills for today and tomorrow contemporary dance professions. This project is the result of a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Centre (Bulgaria), Magenta Consultoria (Spain), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK (Holand) and Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal).

Contemporary Dance is going through a time of enormous vitality, with the emergence and implantation of many innovative and remarkable projects in the European artistic environment, standing out in the most diverse stages and driven by social networks and some media more attentive to cultural activities. However, the recognition of professional figures linked to this area is still scarce and fragmented, with negative consequences for the employability of professionals. At European level, there is no uniformity in training or in the recognition of the necessary skills and characteristics of each profession, or in the definition of the respective profiles, which can hamper the movement of professionals in the sector.

The Up2DANCE project aims to survey the situation at European level, in order to support the modernization of education and training systems, in particular through better use of EU transparency and recognition tools and the exchange of good practices related to dance industry at European level, in order to boost the process of harmonizing and updating the curricula of professional profiles according to the requirements of the contemporary scenario.

As a starting point, the main activity to be carried out will be the organization of round tables with local, regional or national stakeholders, with the aim of detecting the state of the art in recognizing professional occupations, discussing skills and the type of training at different levels, looking for existing gaps and ways to overcome them.


The Up2DANCE project is co-financed by the European Union's programme Erasmus+, ID 2019-1-IT01-KA202-007609.


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Round table on the “Professionalization of the Dancer: The role of Schools of Artistic Training Specialized in Dance”, which will be carried out with transmission via Zoom ( | ID: 786 570 0512), on the 22nd of July from 6pm at 8pm (Portugal time). The debate will be spoken in Portuguese and will have free access.

This initiative is part of the European project “Up2Dance” in which we are involved with some European companies - Balletto di Roma, Derida Dance Center, Magenta Consultoría, Polski Teatr Tańca - Polish Dance Theatre e ICK Dans Amsterdam - and which proposes, in particular, to compare the situation of the training of dance professionals in different countries and to promote a process for the recognition and validation of their knowledge, skills and competences, in accordance with the principles of the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

This round table will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Forum Municipal Romeu Correia, in Almada, between 11 am and 1 pm, and should cover topics such as:

  • Fundamental knowledge, techniques, and skills for practicing the profession of classical or contemporary dance teacher today.
  • Role and existing difficulties in the training of teachers in the dance area.
  • Training models for dance teachers.
  • Recognition of the profession of dance teacher and regulation on the necessary qualifications for teaching.

This round table will take place on October 7, 2020, Wednesday, at the Forum Municipal Romeu Correia in Almada, between 6 pm and 8 pm, and should address topics such as:

  • Basic knowledge, techniques, and skills for the exercise of the profession.
  • Role and difficulties in exercising the profession of rehearsal director / repetiteur in dance.
  • Recognition of the profession.


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