International Summer Dance Workshop 2019


  • de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans stelt voor: INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP 2019 van 19 tot 23 augustus.

Deze dynamische, internationale dansweek (ISDW) biedt jonge, gevorderde en professionele dansers technische hedendaagse en klassieke danslessen en creatieve workshops aan binnen een unieke sfeer en prachtige dansstudio's in Wilrijk/Antwerpen.


  • de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans presents: INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP 2019 from 19th until 23rd August.

This dynamic, international dance week (ISDW) offers young, intermediate, advanced and professional dancers classes in contemporary and classical dance and creative workshops within a unique framework and fantastic dance studio's in Wilrijk/Antwerp.


Registration for International Summer Dance Workshop is now OPEN!

Inschrijving voor de ISDW is nu OPEN!

Dates: 19 August – 23 August 2019

Where: de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans

Kerklei 43, 2610 Wilrijk/Antwerp - Belgium


Fee / prijs:

  • 14-16 years old - Full Summer Dance Workshop (2 classes/day + full workshop) €200 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €185)
  • 16+ Full Summer Dance Workshop (2 classes/day + full workshop) €220 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €200)
  • Price for 5 days - morning session or afternoon session (2 classes/day) €140 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €120)
  • One day pass / pas voor 1 dag €50 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €40) - 4 classes or 2 classes + workshop
  • 1 les / 1 class €20 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €15)

Techniek classes in the morning, workshops in the afternoon.


1. Advanced dancers 14 - 16 years old:

Karin Heyninck (B) Classical ballet
Mathew Slater
(UK) contemporary dance and workshop

2. 16+ Intermediate, Advance, Professional:

Filip Van Huffel (B) - Contemporary Dance

Xiao Jun Sun (Shanghai) - Classical Dance

Cruz Isael Mata (Venezuela) - Flying into the gravity skills (Flying low)

Maria Kolegova (Russian Federation) - Contemporary Dynamic Workshop

Programme / Programma:

Dancers 14 to 16 years old

Studio 1 (ATDK studio)

  • 10u - 11u30: Classical Ballet / Klassiek Ballet: Karin Heyninck
  • 11u45-13u15: Contemporary / Hedendaags: Matthew Slater
  • pauze
  • 14u - 15u30: Workshop: Matthew Slater
  • 15u45 - 17u15: Workshop: Matthew Slater

Dancers 16+ Intermediate

  • 10u - 11u30: Contemporary - Filip Van Huffel
  • 11u45-13u15: Classical Ballet - Xiao Jun Sun


  • 14 - 15u30: Flying into Gravity - Cruz Isael Mata
  • 15u45 - 17u15: Contemporary Dynamic Workshop - Maria Kolegova

Dancers 16+ Advanced/Professional

  • 10u - 11u30: Classical Ballet (Studio 2 LARBI) Xiao Jun Sun
  • 11u45-13u15: Contemporary (Studio 3 OHAD) Filip Van Huffel


  • 14 - 15u30: Contemporary Dynamic Workshop - Maria Kolegova
  • 15u45 - 17u15: Flying into Gravity Cruz Isael Mata

Prices / prijzen

  • 14-16 years old - Full Summer Dance Workshop (2 classes/day + full workshop) €200 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €185)
  • 16+ Full Summer Dance Workshop (2 classes/day + full workshop) €220 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €200)
  • Price for 5 days - morning session or afternoon session (2 classes/day) €130 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €110)
  • One day pass / pas voor 1 dag €50 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €40) - 4 classes or 2 classes + workshop
  • 1 les / 1 class €20 (leerlingen de! Kunsthumaniora €15)

Inschrijvingsformulier download HIER

Sun Xiaojun - Classical Dance / Klassieke Dans

Sun Xiaojun was a principal dancer at a.o. the Shanghai Ballet, the Grand Theatre du Genève, Zurich Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Teatro Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has danced a great range of pieces, varying from Petipa to Balanchine and Forsythe to Naharin.

As a teacher he has taught at many companies, studio’s and schoolsin Europe and Asia such as: Het Nationale Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Galili Dance company, Dance works Rotterdam, The Norwegian National Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Skånes Dansteater, Göteborgsoperans Danskompani, Norrdans, Carte Blanche Norwegian National company of contemporary dance, Dansk Danseteater, Ballet Preljocaj, Ballet National de Marseille, Theater Krefeld und Monchengladbach, Ultima Vez, Trobleyn/Jan Faber, Needcompany and Compagnie Thor, Shanghai Ballet, Henny Jurriens Stichting, Charleroi Danse, PRODA Foundation, Danscentrum SYD, Danscentrum VAST, Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Codarts, University of Arts, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Swedish Royal Ballet school, DDSKS- The Danish national school of Arts, Belgian Royal Ballet school Antwerp, Ecole Nationale de Superieure de danse de Marseille, KHIO-Oslo National Academy of the Arts, National Ballet school of Norway, Shanghai Theatre Dance Academy, Architanz ......

Sun Xiao Jun's class is based on helping dancers discover the natural impulse of their own bodies, overcoming obstacles and in doing so learning to trust and believe in themselves.

Filip Van Huffel

Filip Van Huffel werd aanvankelijk opgeleid in de Plastische Kunsten voordat hij zijn dansopleiding op 18 jarige leeftijd aanvatte. Hij trainde met een scala van hedendaagse en klassieke dansdocenten in Europa.

Filip werkte als danser bij Fray Faust, Claudio Bernardo, Marie De Corte, Compagnie THOR en Random Dance Company.

Sinds 1996 is hij danser, choreograaf en artistiek leider van het Vlaams/Britse Retina Dance Company. Zijn werk onderzoekt hoe pure, abstracte beweging een theatrale kwaliteit kan communiceren. Van Huffel's choreografie wordt gekenmerkt door heel lichamelijke beweging, meeslepende energie en baanbrekend partnerwerk. Met Retina Dance Company toerde hij o.a. in: Groot-Brittannië, België, Frankrijk, Duitsland, India, Italië, Portugal, Zwitserland, Zuid-Korea en Venezuela.

Filip is coördinator van de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans en leerkracht hedendaagse dans, docent choreografie aan de Lerarenopleiding van AP Conservatorium Antwerpen en freelance choreograaf.

Cruz Isael Mata - Flying into Gravity

Cruz Isael Mata was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his dance training in the Institut Supérieur de Danse de Caracas in 1992 and continued his studies at the Central University of Venezuela, where hefollowed classes in theatre sciences, fine arts and philosophy. He participated in classes of Ashtanga Yoga and traveled before coming to Belgium to become a member of the X-Group in P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He studied circus techniques at the Ecole Nationale du Cirque Annie Fratellini, physical therapy, and psychology. He danced with several dance companies in Venezuela with Espacio Alterno, in Copenhagen with Tim Feldman, in Brussels with Enclave & Roberto Olivan, Josse de Pauw and Maria Clara Villalobos. He has worked with Michél Noiret Company since 2006. He also worked with artists Nadine Ganase, Virginie Thirion, David Zambrano and Companies like CTC, Mey-Ling Bisogno. Cruz created the production „Puzzle“ in 2005 and „Casa“, which had its premiere in Paris. Cruz Mata has been teaching Dance Release Technique, Flying Low, Acrobatic Dance and Contact Improvisation in Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, France, Korea, Sweden, Netherlands, and Cuba. Since 2003 he was teaching regularly classes at Dans Centrum Jette, Brussels in Belgium. He has been teaching professional classes and workshops at several contemporary dance companies and at international dance festivals: Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus, Cie Philipe Saire, Lausanne-Switzerland, Company Thor, Smits, Need Company, Escuela superior de artes du cirque Lesac, Dance Conservatorium Antwerpen, International Tanztheaterfestival „Bühnenwerkstatt“ Graz, Tanzlabor 21 Germany-Frankfurt, La Raffinerie/Charleroi Dance, Tramplin project Hip Hop, Feria Música Circus Company, Conservatoire Music Dance Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Art Alive Kulturverein Austria, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and at the Festival Summer Intensive in Portugal. In 2019 Cruz Isael was the choreography assistant in the acrobatic circus production “La Vrille du Chat” created and directed by the Belgium acrobatic company “Back Pocket”.

Workshop information:

“Flying into the gravity skills” focuses mainly on the movement‘s relationship with the floor, earth, and ground. Simple movement patterns involve breathing, speed, and the release of energy through the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the periphery as well as between the joints and the skin. Exercises mainly focus on the relation towards other people, space, gravity, towards our mentality and experiencing ourselves in the present moment. The workshop focuses on moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining the state of being centered. The emphasis is placed on the skeletal structure, with the approach of improving physical perception and alertness. Isael explores the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion while using the principals of recreating movements of daily´s life and exploring the influences of voice onto the body´s movement. Figuring out what the body has to say in the moments when we even don’t move and don’t talk is one of the main approaches, which is being achieved through dynamic dance sequences, partnering work and diverse techniques including Flying Low and Release Technique. Answers are appearing, when we open the space for the body to talk.

Video's about Cruz Isael Mata teaching:

Flying Low with Isael Cruz Mata at DCDC

Résidence Isael Mata

Maria Kolegova (1986, Russian Federation) - Contemporary Dance / Hedendaagse Dans / Workshop

Maria Kolegova (1986,Russian Federation), member of Ultima Vez (Wim Vandekeybus) since 2012 is based in Belgium since 2012.

She started her career in ballet school at the age of 5 and was also educated as a contemporary dancer in Yekaterinburg (Russia). While studying she had experiences in different dance techniques.

Maria is practising different disciplines like folk dance, martial arts, yoga and jazz.

Performance: Maria had the chance to perform a solo made by L.Aleksandrova in Seoul(South Korea) during a competition for contemporary dancers which resulted in the 1st prize. After graduation in the Theatrical Academy she went on to work at Russian Ballet ''Moscow''(Russia) for 6 years.

In Moscow she started performing with recognised choreographers such as Martin Forsberg, Andrea Boll, Regis Obadia, Paul Selwyn Norton, Nikita, Dmitrievsky, ... While also teaching in a school of contemporary dance and making her own pieces.

Artistically she is working widely with choreographer,film maker,photographer Wim Vandekeybus, and is a member of his company Ultima Vez since 2012. During this years she was involved in the revival ''What the body does not remember'' 2013 and had experience with dancing in ''NewZwart'' and 'Spiritual Unity''-live concert. Later Maria participated as a dancer in the creation ''Speak low if you speak love'' in 2015. She was involved as a dancer in the 2017 creation; ''Mockumentary of Contemporary Seviour''. Since 2018 Maria is dancing in a new piece of Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez: ''Go figure out yourself''. She is currently For this moment involved in the new creation by Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez ''TrapTown''(world premiere in october'18).

Maria teaches an extensive amount of pedagogical activities through movement: workshops,company classes,assisting and training program across Europe and Russia.

Karin Heyninck

Karin Heyninck genoot haar opleiding aan het Koninklijk Instituut voor Ballet te Antwerpen onder de Directie van Jeanne Brabants. Ze nam deel aan tal van internationale balletconcours.

Ze was soliste bij het Koninklijke Ballet Van Vlaanderen (Jeanne Brabants), Nederlands Dans Theater (Jiri Kylian) en het English National Ballet (Peter Schaufuss)

Sinds 2006 is zij actief als choreografe en leerkracht Klassieke Dans aan de! Kunsthumaniora Antwerpen.

Matthew Slater - Contemporary Dance / Hedendaagse Dans / Workshop

Matthew began dancing at the age of 17 whilst studying A-Level Performing Arts and went on to train at NSCD, graduating in 2005. He toured with VERVE before completing a postgraduate diploma at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), and toured internationally as a member of EDge to France, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal in work choreographed by Sue MacLennan, Trisha Brown and Siobhan Davies.

Upon graduating from LCDS Matt joined Yael Flexer’s Bedlam Dance Company and toured as part of her production of Doing, Done and Undone alongside working for Retina Dance Company in their graduate project PAGE1. He worked with Retina extensively between 2006 and 2014 as a dancer, rehearsal director and Education Manager, touring internationally to Belgium, Germany, Ireland and South Korea.

In 2010 Matt joined the staff at NSCD as Education & Community Dance Worker (later Learning & Participation Officer) and since 2014 has been a Lecturer in Performance (Contemporary), teaching contemporary technique, partner work, performance practice, choreography and repertory.

Class info:

"My work is very movement focused and is a hybrid of contemporary techniques that use full bodied connectivity to explore the ideas of weight, momentum, gravity, energy and expansiveness. My virtuosic vocabulary moves through the space and in and out of the floor with an emphasis on efficiency, use of breath and sensitivity.”

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