Guiding principles

Dansateliers is a dancehouse for development in the city of Rotterdam. The house facilitates and coaches (emerging) choreographers and guides them – over a longer period of time – towards a self-standing practice within the performing arts field. Dansateliers supports in all phases of the process, from research to creation, from production to presentation and promotion, always tailor-made. Works and artists are promoted in their network of partners and theatre programmers.

Dialogue, transparency, collaboration and shared responsibility are key to how the organisation operates, in order to create trust, a sense of ownership and home. These values resonate in how they work with artists, in how projects and trajectories are designed and when searching for the right connections and partners. The encounter with the audience and moments of exchange and feedback are essential for the artists’ development and understanding of their work.

It is their primary purpose to produce and promote new generations of dance artists, ensuring an on going nurturing of the national and international contemporary dance field.


Dansateliers was founded in 1993 to answer to the need for experimentation in dance at that moment in time. It has developed its working methods and strategies over the course of its existence, taking on the challenge of – and adjusting to – a changing field and world. An open dialogue with the artists has always played an essential role.

Building and facilities

Dansateliers is located in an early 20th century school building in the city centre, within walking distance from the central station. There are 3 studios; one studio sized 7 x 17 m and 2 studios sized 9 x 18 m. One of the studios is fully technically equipped and can be transformed into a white box for presentation, with a capacity for 50 audience members. A classroom serves as a cosy public space where people gather and meet and various offices are in use for the organisation and the artists.

‘s-Gravendijkwal 58B
3014 EE

Soft Skills in Dance Digital Guidebook

23 August 2022

Resource for professionals developed within the the project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach

Digital guidebook "Soft Skills in Dance" supports dance practitioners in reflecting on their own practice, with regard to soft skills. The guidebook was developed by seven European partners and their teams, including EDN members CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italy), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, Netherlands), HIPP - Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Zagreb, Croatia), K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel (Germany) and La Briqueterie CDCN of Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France).


Moving Futures Festival

March to June 2020

Roaming festival in the Netherlands

From 20 March 2020, Moving Futures will travel to nine cities and bring innovative dance to the theatre in various Dutch neighbourhoods.

Please note that the festival is partially cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


Dancing museums

November 2019

Workshop in Vitry sur Seine

As a practice-led project, Dancing Museums thoroughly documents its various activities. Let's go back to La Briqueterie & MAC VAL for an exploration of the topic of inclusion, that took place in November 2019.


Empowering Dance - findings


The research revolves around the question if and how the practice of contemporary dance within our own organizations and practices helps people of all ages to acquire and develop soft skills.

Activities EDN

Gaining New Perspectives

In this atelier organised by Dansateliers (the Netherlands) participants explored strategies for dance professionals and dance institutes to remain vital and constructively critical with regards to their own practice through lectures, working sessions, dialogue, movement classes and performances.

How can we take in different perspectives on what we do, in order to remain responsive to, or pro-actively act on the ever changing world we live and work in?

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360° - Building Strategies for Communication

360º - Building Strategies for Communication in Contemporary Dance (BSCD) supported dance artists and makers at all stages of their careers to communicate their work effectively.

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Communicating Dance

Communicating Dance aimed to strengthen the European contemporary dance scene, contributing to its competitive edge and visibility within the international creative industry. Communicating Dance focused on recognizing and acknowledging these multi-layered aspects required for cultural leaders with responsibility for teams, funding, communication, distribution.

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Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills

Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills is a European project that aims to research if and how the practice of contemporary dance helps people of all ages to acquire and develop soft skills.

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Dancing Museums

Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.

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B.motion 2019

The second edition of the EDN Carte Blanche for artists took place from August 20th to 26th, 2019 hosted by the CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea. Twelve artists from nine Dancehouses attended B.Motion under the guidance of local mentor Eva Zilio.

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Building a dancehouse

Many dancehouses in Europe have been created over preexisting buildings: convents, factories, industrial sites, brick houses, distilleries, to name some examples. This Atelier at CSC Bassano del Grappa took place in a series of meetings aimed at considering and tracing the European, as well as the international, dancehouses history.

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Carte Blanche Artist Exchange

Between 18-21 August 2022 CSC Bassano del Grappa hosted the Carte Blanche Artist Exchange. EDN members were invited to register for participation and travel support of their associated artists, producers and programmers. Registrations were open to both EDN and non-EDN members. 

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