What has driven me to move to Berlin were dance classes. My dream was to dance intensively – 12 and more hours a week. At first I was looking for a dance study. However, most of the academies have entry requirements and among them the age limitation (the applicant should be under 21 or 24 years old). Well I was just a bit older than that. I didn’t give up, I found private schools and programs, which offered from 5 to 10 months dance intensive programs.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE SCHOOLS WITH DANCE INTENSIVE PROGRAM

No previous knowledge in Dance required. No age limitations.

TANZFABRIK

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DANCE INTENSIVE PROGRAM

10 months

Classes

– 6 dance obligatory intensive classes a week, – participants can attend all classes within the regular ‘Tanzfabrik-Kursprogramm’,

September

Program Starts

Auditions

March, April, June and July

Costs

340€ per month

MOTION*S

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MOTION*S DANCE PROGRAM

9 months

Classes

– 16 hours of tuition per week, – participants can attend all classes within the regular “Evening Classes Schedule” (7 of these classes a week are obligatory)

October

Program Starts

Auditions

May, June, August

Costs

380€ per month

DANCEWORK

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DANCE AS A PROFESSION

5 months

Classes

Preparatory course before dance study – 10 dance classes a week,

September or February

Program Starts

Auditions

No required

Costs

290€ per month

DANCE INTENSIVE PROGRAM – YES OR NO

Let’s take as an example 10 months Dance Intensive Program in Tanzfabrik. This program immediately took my attention. Program in Dancework seemed for me too short and too expensive for just 10 classes a week. Motion*s Dance Program was not available at that point of time. So my main focus was Dance Intensive in Tanzfabrik. Probably also the dance opportunities that this program could give me influenced my final decision to move to Berlin. Eventually however, I didn’t apply for Dance Intensive Program. When I came to Berlin I wanted to give myself time to make a right decision. I came in the perfect moment – October. I had plenty of time to adapt and make my research (the application process for Dance Intensive in Tanzfabrik is in March, April, June or July)

POINTS TO MAKE A RIGHT DECISION

MY BACKGROUND AND WHAT I WANTED:

  • I have already finished one faculty, so I didn’t need any education degree.
  • I didn’t care much about performances. I could take part in it, but it wasn’t my main focus.
  • The most important factor for me was to dance intensively (few hours a day) in a professional environment, with good teachers.
  • Enter the dancers environment and get contacts.

What the course offered:

  • 6 dance intensive classes a week, which are specially design for Dance Intensive Program,
  • Student of Dance Intensive can take part in all classes provided by Tanzfabrik for free,
  • Performance experience.

REQUIREMENTS: It doesn’t requires from the participants any previous dance experience. There is also no age limitation. In conclusion, everybody can try it out. The students are chosen depending on their personality and how they suit to the Tanzfabrik project in that particular year. There are beginners, who are successful in the application process and there are professional dancers, who couldn’t go through. COST 360Euro/per month. Together 3400Euro.

WHY I CHOSE NOT TO APPLY

Simple. It wouldn’t pay off for me.

  • The regular classes offered by Tanzfabrik and other schools provide a high level and good content. I didn’t need more than that.
  • If I take part in the program, I would be restricted to dance only in Tanzfabrik, or mostly. Firstly, because I am already spending a lot of money to dance there. Secondly, there is no time to explore other schools. What about if I want to improve my acrobatics or acroyoga or circus skills … Tanzfabrik doesn’t cover all these topics, whereas Berlin yes.
  • Also, in the Dance Intensive Program I am bound with the schedule they offer. Instead I made my own schedule, which included the classes I liked the most and which was in accordance to my work.

Well at the end, the course costs are not the biggest expenses you will have. The higher costs will include renting the flat, transportation and food. If you have 14 000 Euro savings no problem. If you don’t, YOU NEED TO WORK !!!

  • You can dance intensively – take part in professional classes or in afternoon adult classes – for a lower price than the cost of Dance Intensive Program.

Let’s have a look at the prices (2018) offered by Tanzfabrik:

REGULAR CLASSES 50x entries ticket costs 350 Euro. It is valid 6 month. This means you pay 7 Euros per class. PROFITRAINING ProfiTraining class also costs 7 Euros. 10x ticket of ProfiTraining costs 60 Euros, which gives you the price of 6 Euros per class. It is valid 3 months.

PRICE COMPARISON

(Tanzfabrik Intensive Dance Program vs regular Dance Classes in Tanzfabrik)

BE HONEST ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU WILL TRAIN Let’s say you want to train 12 hours a week. This means around 8 classes (1.5 hour class) a week. You go to all ProfiTrainings plus 3 other afternoon classes. That means you will use your 50x ticket for a little bit less than 6 months, monthly it will cost you around 84 Euros (3 classes a week x 4 = 12 classes a month, 12 x 7 Euro = 84 Euro) plus ProfiTraining 5x a week = 20 classes a month, meaning you will use two 10x ProfiTraining tickets = 120 Euros monthly. Together 204 Euros a month. It is 150 Euros per month less than, when you pay for Dance Intensive Program in Tanzfabrik, which costs you 360 Euros/per month. Add holidays to it and days, when you are sick or you train less. At the end you may pay much less for similar training. Moreover, YOU DON’T NEED TO DANCE ONLY IN TANZFABRIK and your schedule can be much more flexible.

MAKE YOUR OWN DECISION

IT IS NOT FOR YOU If your goal is to dance intensively and you are self disciplined, I wouldn’t recommend you to take part in Dance Intensive Programs. Make your own plan, focus on what you need to improve and if you want to try your chance in performances, there are many rehearsals for dancers in Berlin. Take part in every of them. Maybe even you will get a job 😉 MAYBE YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY If you though need an external schedule, time restrictions, deadlines, you want to participate in scheduled performances, you would like to have more personal guidance and feedback, probably it is a good idea that you give it a try.

GOOD LUCK and STAY MOTIVATED !!!

If you are a participant of Dance Intensive Programs in Berlin or other city, share your experience in the comments below !!!