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Scholarships 2021/Online Masterclass Program

Dancing on the Edge (DOTE) offers annual scholarships to young talent from the MENA region to attend a three-week Summer dance workshop program. In 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this program was online in a three-week Online Masterclass Program from June 13th till June 30th 2021.

Check out a compilation of the 2021 Masterclass Program here:

DOTE is the only organization in The Netherlands devoted to presenting and promoting Middle Eastern/North African (performing) arts, and provides a platform for talented artists from this region, who produce original, relevant, vital and creative work. 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. DOTE and HJS have been collaborating since 2012 offering scholarships.


Masterclass: The Listening Body by Michael Schumacher. Schumacher is a performing artist with roots in classical and modern dance. He has danced at companies like the Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, Magpie Music Dance Company, and worked with William Forsythe, Sylvie Guillem, Anouk van Dijk, Katie Duck, Jiří Kylián, Jin Xing and many others. Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation. He currently resides in Amsterdam and gives workshops in movement analysis and improvisation worldwide.

“In this three-session workshop, The Listening Body, we will explore a variety of listening skills which expand and enrich our experiences at home, in public, and at work. By developing a greater awareness of our impulses, both internal and external, we become better equipped to interact with our immediate environment and our fellow artists.”

Masterclass: Countertecnique by Anouk van Dijk. Van Dijk is a choreographer, dancer, artistic director and the creator of the movement system, Countertechnique. She ran her own Amsterdam-based dance company from 1998-2012, and she was
Artistic Director of dance company Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia, for seven yeas from 2012-2018. She is currently a freelance choreographer.

“The aim in Countertechnique is to give dancers tools to make it lighter, to make standing on your legs, bending your legs, bending forwards, falling, jumping, and so on, easier. Equally important is to make dancers feel less negative about themselves, to trust themselves, and have them be less judgmental on how they are progressing.”

Contemporary dance masterclass: Merel Lammers studied at the modern dance department of the Theaterschool Amsterdam. She danced with Conny Janssen Danst and Scapino Ballet before joining the Hofesh Shechter Company in 2012 until 2018. There she toured internationally and taught numerous classes and workshops of the work of Hofesh Shechter. She taught these workshop several times at the HJS Summer Intensives.

“The class will consist of guided improvisation and exercises following specific tasks to explore the possibilities of one’s own physicality, the joy of moving, connection to music and embodiment of a broad range of movement qualities.”

Contemporary dance masterclass: Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture by Kristina and Sadé Alleyne. The sisters work or have worked and toured with artists, companies and choreographers such as Akram Khan Company, Wim Vandekeybus Ultima Vez Company, Arthur Pita, Retina Dance Company and Tavaziva. Kristina and Sadé are co-artistic directors of Alleyne Dance based in London. Alleyne Dance is a unique and powerful company that blends Afro- Caribbean, Hip Hop and Kathak within a contemporary dance context.

“This class will involve strong, complex and technical sequences adjusted to a home environment, focusing on performance and stamina. Each session will begin with different aspects of movement study, focusing on the articulation of hands, isolations, spirals, breath and flying”

Update August ’21: Check out the aftermovie of the 2021 edition below!