Profile of the program

Untitled design3SOZO visions in motion offers as a vocational college for contemporary dance studies, a three year (full time) professional course. The course has state recognition and students have the possibility to apply for BAföG (German state grant).

SOZO visions in motion lays focus on teaching a solid contemporary technique with the aim to connect theory, practice and cognitive knowledge in a holistic way. Looking into the future of our field of work, entrepreneurship und social aspects of dance are also taken into consideration and passed on. The program receives international resonance and offers students excellent co-operation partners (State Theatre of Kassel, University of Arts in Kassel). The students are accompanied by a team of international teachers who reflect the trends of an evolving, international dance scene.

The individual encouragement of creative and expressive dancer personalities is a central goal at SOZO visions in motion and the course offers the impulses needed to coach this individuality. Through mentorship, the students are counselled to find their own potential and abilities and challenged to work independently on these. Through intensive group processes in a respectful atmosphere, each student can follow their intuition and instincts in a responsible manner. Through projects, and movement research, an inter-disciplinary way of working is sort after. The students learn from day one to integrate themselves and invest in creative work processes as co-creators.

Focus and Specialisation

The focus of the practical modules can be divided into three fields which in themselves develop further throughout the whole program – dance technique as a solid handcraft (Contemporary / Modern Dance, Ballet), performance (Choreographic Project Works) and creativity (Composition, Improvisation/ Contact Improvisation, Video Dance and Movement Research). These fields are accompanied by other additional practical lessons (Martial Art, Pilates, Yoga) and also by theoretical modules (Anatomy/Dance Medicine/Dance Science, Movement Theory, Dance History).

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"MAKE IT - OWN IT - MANAGE IT"

A unique program developed here at the SOZO ZONE called "MAKE IT - OWN IT - MANAGE IT" is a serial workshop course tailored for ongoing artists looking to give and get more VALUE. It is a mindset game-changer, enabling you to rise above obstacles as a dance artist whether freelance or on contract and get to business with vision. The SOZO ZONE with  MAKE IT - OWN IT - MANAGE IT, is dedicated to empowering freelance dancers to discover artistic and financial freedom. For us, it begins during the studies.

 

 

   Quan Dao Kung-Fu

Kung Fu Feb 2015 FotoK H Mierke 9709The integration of martial arts (Quan Dao Kung-Fu) in the course represents a special feature of SOZO visions in motion. The students should have the additional possibility to develop their talents while cultivating a holistic approach to body soul and spirit.

Quan Dao has its roots in the eastern tradition as well as in the western tradition of science and education. Quan Dao means „way to the source“, and as Kung Fu (able man), deals with the development and the unfolding of one’s own “Being”. The practice of the traditional animal forms serves to provide access to sharpening one’s own “Being”. The Quan Dao training is represented by twelve focal points of content. The coaching of fluent movement, the freeing of armoured, characteristic traits, the practicing of adaptability as well as building strength and elasticity in the body, accompany the connection to contemporary dance to serve technique and creativity.  

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Kane School Pilates Teachers Training Course

During the first two years at SOZO, we lay firm foundations in Anatomy and Dance Medicine/Science. Included is the coaching from the Kane School Pilates Teachers Training Course. Kane School Pilates certification is a rigorous training program combining a solid knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and injury prevention. By the end of the 2nd year, you are a qualified Pilates Mat-Trainer. There is no better way to deepen your own knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention to further your own technique than by teaching it to others. The Kane School is a recognized training institute of the German Pilates Association.

 

Modules

The program consists of 14 modules over a period of 3 years (6 Semester).

Module descriptions are to be found in our program structure Dance Studies. See downloads.

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01. Contemporary Dance/Modern Dance I (CD/MD I)
02. Classical Dance I  (CLD I)
03. MR and performance Skills - Intensives (MaPS)
04. Anatomy/Dancemedicine
05. Project I
06. Art theory
07. Composition I
08. Contemporary Dance/Modern Dance II (CD/MD II)
09. Classical Dance II (CLD II)
10. Project II
11. Composition II
12. Contemporary Dance/Modern Dance III (CD/MD III)
13. Classical Dance III (CLD III)
14. Project III 

Course Fees

For the 3 year vocational  "contemporary dance studies":

520.-€ per month x 12 (6240,- € yearly)

Auditions

We strongly advise those interested in studying at our 3 year vocational „Contemporary Dance Studies“, to come a day early and observe classes and meet students the day before the audition. This way each applicant can get to know our school and develop their own impression of the atmosphere, the teachers and the experience of the studying students. If you would like to come and observe on another day, please just arrange this with Deborah Smith-Wicke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also advise to apply early enough. In Kassel, Hessen, Germany the school holidays are earlier than the universities in Europe in general. This means we are beginning the studies MID AUGUST 2020. It also means you are in a space where you have 39 weeks of full time training during the year.

  Audition Dates

THE AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAYS. 

Weekend dates: 16.05.2020 / 13.06.2020 / 04.07.2020

  Audition Fees

The weekend group audition cost 60.-€.  

(If accepted to come to audition, you will receive the bank details for a transfer prior to the audition.)

Application

For all applications we require the following documents:

  • Our application form online  (Click here - from 2020 only online)
  • Please state which audition date you want to attend.
  • Video material including: 5 minutes of Ballet material - Barre work / 5 Minutes contemporary material - floor and standing / 2 minute improvisation / a Solo (send a youtube / vimeo / google link).
  • Photographs (portrait photo & dance photo in movement)
  • A letter of motivation or a filmed motivation in which you include a short description of your interest in the course at SOZO and why. Please tell us which qualities and skills you bring to contribute working with a group for 3 years. How would you describe your motivation and passion and your mental capacity to work through a challenging course.

APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE ALWAYS 1 WEEK BEFORE THE AUDTION.

 

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SOZO visions in motion

 

Deborah Smith-Wicke

Grüner Weg 15–17

D-34117 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561 9372858

Email: info@sozo-vim.de 

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