International Summer Dance Workshop 2023


  • de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans stelt voor: INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP 2022 van 21 tot 25 augustus 2023

A creative week of dance for contemporary dancers with experience age 14+ Intermediate to advanced/professional

A dynamic, challenging and creative dance week with unique classes in contemporary dance, ballet for contemporary dancers, improvisation, floor work and flying low)

Classes will be taught in English


Een dynamische, unieke hedendaagse dansweek met lessen in hedendaagse dans, klassieke dans voor hedendaagse dansers, grondwerk/improvisatie en fysieke dans met elementen van flying low) voor danser 14+ intermediate tot professioneel/gevorderd

De lessen worden in de Engelse taal gegeven


Registration for International Summer Dance Workshop is now OPEN! via this link

Inschrijving voor de ISDW is nu OPEN! via deze link

Dates: 21st until 25th August 2023

Where: de! Kunsthumaniora Hedendaagse Dans

Kerkelei 43, 2610 Wilrijk/Antwerp - Belgium

Fee / prijs:

  • Full Summer Dance Workshop (4 classes/day) €280 (leerlingen de ! Kunsthumaniora €240)
  • 5 days - morning session or afternoon session (2 classes/day) €180 (leerlingen de ! Kunsthumaniora €160)
  • 1 les / 1 class €28 (leerlingen de ! Kunsthumaniora €23) Enkel mogelijk in de ochtend
  • 1 morning / voormiddag €50 (leerlingen de ! Kunsthumaniora €40) - 2 classes
  • 1 Dagkaart / 1 Day card €80 (leerlingen de ! Kunsthumaniora €70) - 4 classes


Xiao Jun Sun (Shanghai) - Classical Dance

Filip Van Huffel (B) - Contemporary Dance

Marion Sparber (I/D) - Contemporary/Flying low

Tony Vezich (NZL) - Release The Beast

Programme / Programma:

Dancers 14+ Intermediate

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


  • 14 - 15u30: Contemporary/Flying low - Marion Sparber
  • 15u45 - 17u15: Release The Beast - Tony Vezich

Dancers 14+ Advanced/Professional

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


  • 14 - 15u30: Release The Beast - Tony Vezich
  • 15u45 - 17u15: Contemporary/Flying low - Marion Sparber
Sun Xiaojun

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.

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Filip Van Huffel - Hedendaagse Dans / Contemporary Dance

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.

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Tony Vezich - Floorwork - Release the Beast

Tony Vezich

Tony studied contemporary dance at the New Zealand School of dance and later spent the whole next decade and a half working as a dancer and choreographer in Germany. Tony is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of the temper-temper dance company and his repertoire consists of over fifty choreographic accomplishments. After having dissolved temper-temper, he became the head lecturer of contemporary dance at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and was able to devise and develop his technique called, ‘release-the- beast’- which he teaches throughout Europe and Scandinavia.


(Class Description)

I spent many years developing a dance vocabulary for my choreographies. The base of which is extremely physical. As the vocabulary solidified a hazardous side effect appeared. Injuries. From that moment on I began to develop exercises that would help protect my dancers and I from serious injury. It has developed into a complete technique, which I believe can be used for far more than the original intention. I have named it “Release the Beast “ technique.

There is a heavy emphasis on floor-work and a certain sequential order of the body in relation to the origin of movement initiation.

Another defining factor is how to find a powerful centre, how to use this powerful centre to move greater distances within space, especially in relation to the floor and the lower region of dance space.

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Marion Sparber - Contemporary Dance / Hedendaagse Dans / Workshop

Originally from South Tyrol in Italy, Marion is a professional dancer/instructor based in Berlin, Germany. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Russia, Portugal and Germany a.o. at Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus, Deltebre Dansa, Academy Dancer Russia, Varium Barcelona, Marameo, Dock 11, Etage, Danceworks and Tanzfabrik (Berlin). Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Francisco Córdova in the piece “To be”, Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman” and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Eldon Pulak in “The Wetting Party” and as a guest dancer of Weedance Company. Her solo-work “The Ripe and ruin” and her group-pieces “Shell Shock” and “Impromptu” have been performed at several theaters and festivals in Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. She is co-founder of the KpiqA-Collective and CuerpOCOllectivo and performed the duet “Eight”, and the trio “Nefelibata” in Spain, Italy, Russia and Germany. Recently Marion got invited as a young emerging choreographer to “Certamen Coreografíco de Madrid, Paso a 2” to present “Eight”, and receives funding as a young choreographer from “Amt für Kultur Südtirol”. In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN”, a one month intensive workshop with David Zambrano learning Flying Low and Passing Through Technique.

Class description

I teach contemporary dance training with an emphasis on floor work. We start the class by opening our channels of awareness. The warm up is focused on passing through the whole body and expanding our flexibility and strength. We use the playfulness in our movement to connect to the natural flow of breath. With the help of exercises in different constellations – in a group, with a partner or alone – we listen to the weight of our body and direct it through space. An important aspect of the training is giving attention to the momentum of movement and on integrating changes of dynamic and musicality in short movement phrases. As techniques of inspiration for my class, I use a lot of the principles of Flying Low technique by David Zambrano, as well as release technique mixed with my personal investigation. I like to establish a collective mind and body inside the class to enhance the group power, while giving an energetic push to the individual source of creativity.

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