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winter dance summit

the 9th edition is here.

Nida, February 12-18, 2024.

DANCE COLONY – the festival where urban dance vocabulary meets performance and contemporary dance. You will have the opportunity to dance and learn from inspiring teachers, artists and choreographers from all over the Europe, that are coming together to share their passion and knowledge with your will to grow in an artsy studio environment, settled in the surroundings of UNESCO-protected nature of Nida, Lithuania.

COLONY Winter Dance Summit is a part of the international European dance network Studiotrade. It is a platform for individuals in dance to discover and be discovered.
don’t hesitate, be discovered.
we are back to research, re-imagine, re-think, re-treat and re-create ourselves for exchange and artistic development.

I N T E R N A T I O N A L.

Studiotrade, founded in 2010, is a European cooperation network of choreographers, producers and dance organizations from all over the Europe. It enables an international exchange of studio facilities for research, creation and introduction to new markets and contexts for dance artists.
The philosophy of the network is based on trust, fairness, generosity and comprehensive commitment. The networking of the guest artists with the local scene is an essential part of the cultural exchange.
Since 2014, Studiotrade has offered opportunities within the framework of European dance events such as the Festival de Danse de Cannes Côte d’Azur, Euroscene Leipzig, Sharing Across Borders in Cologne, Nice Dance Film Festival and more. Platforms combine choreographic performances and dance film projections that value the work of its members and its new development model.

A B O U T.

The annual dance-intensive festival aims to inhabit creative ideas and possibilities for dance professionals by inviting creative movers to gather in the middle of the natural paradise of Nida, Lithuania.

2021 was about finding that extra ROOM for new ideas and movement experiences to be inhabited into our mind, body, soul, and artistic carrier.

2022 was about the re-UNION with own and other bodies, with own and other ideas whilst researching what others have to share in the room, not on screen.

2023 was about a common action toward a peaceful body and mind.

In 2024 we are eager to CREATE. One of this year’s highlights is a 5-day creation project aiming for performance with selected movers who will be guided and choreographed by thriving dancers and choreographers. This year we will create with Victor Rottier (The Netherlands).

We are ready to start a performance project with you. What about you?

An important part of the Dance Colony – artistic development. This year Dance Colony hosts 2 selected artists in residency:


Artists in residency will be presenting their artistic results together with the creation project performance on Sunday, the last day of the Dance Colony. Be there, it’s free and open.

Dance Colony is a search and bodily research platform for previously undiscovered movement territories and body landscapes, a chance to forge new friendships, meet other movement professionals, be inspired by creative thinkers and golden tips shared by the dance producers and overall enrich oneself with a help of dance in a week-long dance-away experience. Each year we look for inspiring methods to cross the border: physical, mental, linguistic, cultural, artistic, pushing boundaries, connecting and inspiring us – the people of all nationalities and creative backgrounds.

We are here to design our professional capacities and advance our creative souls and professional networks further. We truly believe that our Creative Minds inhabit our Intelligent Bodies.

This year’s explorers will be curated towards full body and mind experience by our international movement researchers and teachers from Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Lithuania. Join us for a week-long groovy experience.

winter dance summit

• The ability to join the Dance Colony for a whole WEEK (Monday-Sunday) or join for a WEEKEND (Thursday-Sunday);
• Dance workshops taught by international dance and movement professionals;
• Creative Self-management mentoring;
• Gaga dancers and improvisation sessions;
• Contemporary forms sessions;
• Floorwork sessions;
• House dance sessions;
• Jazz Fusion sessions;
• Choreography and Movement research sessions;
• Methods of choreography enabling dancers to work beyond their movement patterns and get out of their comfort zone;
• A Week revolving around dance, your carefully guided dance exploration in search of reunion of your body and mind. You will be able to concentrate on working on your body, mind, and professional development which we agree to call – dance. Exploring our creative capabilities and finding new comrades among the like-minded individuals attending the Dance Colony;
• Peer to Peer mental exchange session;
• Honest advice along with your career by dance professionals: choreographers, dancers, dance curators and producers;
• Dietary specially planned and curated by a professional chef;
• The Library full of inspiring readings around art and creativity.


F O O D / N U T R I T I O N.

Your diet will be taken care of by a professional chef Dovydas Zenkevicius. A fully balanced diet is provided in the price. Participants of the program will have a chance to learn healthy dieting whilst helping the chef. Dovydas will also give a lecture on how to balance a dancer’s diet, prepare snacks for a heavy training period and much more.

R O O M I N G.

We will dance, eat and live in the Nida art colony: http://nidacolony.lt/en/colony
Participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms for 3-5 persons with individual or shared bathrooms. During the duration of the intensive, we will isolate ourselves in multifunctional inspiring rehearsal spaces of 350 sq. meters and more.

P R I C E.

GO FULL: €450 – 7 days (more than 36 hours of material) (Monday – Sunday)
GO WEEKEND: €350 – 4 days (20 hours of material) (Thursday – Sunday)

The price of the Dance Colony will rise from the 31st of January, 2024.
The new price will be FULL WEEK – €500 / WEEKEND – €400.

The prices include: living at Nida Art Colony, healthy food, more than 36 hours of dance classes and workshops, and much more inspiring lectures.
The travel to and from Nida Art Colony is not included in the price. If you need information on how to get there – feel free to contact us.


Every registered participant will receive an individual link to the PAYMENT information.
In order to guarantee yourself a spot and fully register, you must pay full price before February 10th, 2024.

WOULD LIKE TO PAY IN PARTS? contact us individually and we will discuss the possibilities.