Core studies is a workshop programme of four workshops running throughout 2023-2024 with the aim of strengthening learning processes and critical reflection. Two of the four workshops are open to the field.

The workshop will be centered around Marie Kaae's principle dance language, Housedance. Beside rhythmical footwork the workshop will also involve floorwork, flow and groove. The aim is to achieve emancipation in total unity with the music both Soulfull and Deep House.

The genre is in its essence a social dance which grew from the afro- and latin american club culture in the 90's as a fusion between a lot of different genres. Today it's practiced throughout the indepentant scene around the world.

The aim is to give you, the participants, a foundation from where we try to incorporate the bodily experience you already have from other forms of training. This we will do through improvisation/freestyle, where only the music and your fantasy creates the frame. Expect to get both soul and mind stimulated :)

In the conversation on Saturday will we go though the history of the genre, the leading principles and some of the pioneers. We will talk about where the culture is today and why anti-racism is so important to actively practice. In connection to this we will also reflect on the advantages and defects by acting from the heart and the ego in dance as well life.

9th - 10th September 2023

Core Study 1 — House/Marie Kaae

Saturday 9th September
10-12: Physical workshop
12-13: Lunch break
13-14.30: Conversation

Sunday 10th September
12-14: Physical workshop

Price: 50 kr for the whole weekend / registration fee.
Location: Danseatelier, Blegdamsvej 18A, København, 2200.
Accessibility: Danseatelier is located on the second floor. Unfortunately there is no elevator.
There will be tea and coffee, but bring your own lunch with you.
Remember sneakers (preferably with white soles).

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For questions contact Nanna Stigsdatter Mathiassen and Emilia Gasiorek at

Foto: Kenneth K. Rasmussen
Grafik: Snorre Elvin

Core Studies is supproted by the Danish Arts Foundation and Roskilde Festival Fonden