Alternative Dance Academy 2011 is the third edition of the first in Poland educational, choreographic and dance project which, for lack of regular Polish education in the area of choreography, fills an important gap affecting the sluggish development of the art of contemporary dance in Poland. It is the only opportunity for young Polish professionals and seasoned dancers to perfect their skills as choreographers and to develop their own creativity in laboratory conditions. The project’s priority is to facilitate dance education led by the most eminent choreographers and educators and to support an educational model that best reflects the essence (and thus and needs) of contemporary dance, promoting not only technical skills but also (if not first of all) the personality and creativity of the students. These features should be stimulated and fostered since the very beginning of dance education in tandem with the perfection of body work.
The program is composed of a year-long set of classes within a session system (6 sessions every other month, 30 hours each) conducted by a group of international choreographers and educators. Each edition of the program is concluded with a follow-up show that assumes diverse, often innovative forms (from performance / lectures through presentations of the elements of the creative process that is the subject of the workshop, to installations and happenings created during the workshop).
Sessions within the 2 first editions of ADA laid bare the demand for choreographic knowledge and experience among the Polish dance community. They also indicated the willingness of this community to uncover ever new paths and ways of creativity in dance. Intensive work with outstanding educators and artists is not only an ideal opportunity for perfecting one’s choreographic expertise but also often a chance to exchange information and experience and to hold regular meetings throughout the year. As a result, it inspires cooperation between the artists and strengthens the Polish dance community.