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Open call for participants - P.A.R.T.S. / Ecole des Sables exchange program in Senegal January 9 – February 10, 2023

From January 9 until February 10, 2023, P.A.R.T.S. initiates an exchange project between a group of African dancers-choreographers and the PARTS STUDIOS participants at Ecole des Sables, the International Centre for Traditional & Contemporary Dances of Africa in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.

Ecole des Sables was founded by dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, and is since 2021 under the artistic direction of Alesandra Seutin and Wesley Ruzibiza.

How to apply?

People who are interested can send an English or French CV, motivation letter telling us about you and your work and a video link to your work/movement practice (YouTube/Instagram/vimeo) to The selection will be made by Alesandra Seutin (co-artistic director Ecole des Sables) and Steven De Belder (coordinator PARTS).
Questions about the project can be directed to the same email address.

The application deadline is 11/11/2022.
The results will be communicated by 25/11/2022.


This exchange program is organised for the 4th time since 2013. Its goal is to offer the multinational group of PARTS students (Master program STUDIOS) the possibility to collaborate closely with a group of young dancers-choreographers from Senegal and the African continent. The program seeks to provide an opportunity for the participants to gain a more informed perspective on African traditional and contemporary dance, and to expand their understanding of different dance cultures through workshops, seminars and collaborations.

The program will consist of classes ranging from traditional to contemporary African dances and western approaches, workshops with African choreographers and seminars on contemporary African thinking and arts. There will also be space for the participants to develop collaboration projects with each other. Additionally, a few excursions to Dakar and other places in Senegal will be organised.
The program is currently in development. Details about the invited teachers will be released by the end of October on this page.
More information on the previous edition can be found here.

12 students from the P.A.R.T.S. STUDIOS program (who come from Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, France, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Tunisia) will meet with 12 young dancemakers from Africa.

The working language will be mostly English, but there will be an interpreter to help with communication between French and English.

Who can apply?
- dancers-choreographers between 20 and 35 years old, living on the African continent;
- with advanced experience in dance and interest and experience in choreography, speaking English and/or French fluently;
- available during the entire period between January 9 and February 10, 2023. It is possible to arrive from Friday January 6, departure on Saturday 11/2 or Sunday 12/2.

The participants take care of their travel costs and the living costs (accommodation and food) at Ecole des Sables, which amount to 500.000 CFA.

Village de Toubab Dialaw
BP 22626 - 15523 Dakar Senegal

Published 19/10/2022 Pictures by Abdoul Mujyambere

Acogny technique ©Abdoul Mujyambere
Class Mamadou Baldé © Abdoul Mujyambere