Strategy Education for Dance 

  • Programs Seeds of Talent, Artistic High School (Emphasis Contemporary Dance), Superior Level Studies / Contemporary Studies in Dance / Técnico Laboral en Interpretación en Danza), Professional Insertion Group 

In the cycle 2003 – 2004, the District Educational Secretariat (SED) financed the continuity of two projects developed by eCdC in 2001: Integrated Services for Youngsters developed with 110 children from historical poverty conditions of life, with resources from the World Bank; and My Body: My House achieved with 110 children displaced by the war, fostered by the Colombia’s Social Solidarity Net.

A selection of 35 children and adolescents from the 220 participants in 2001 continued their formation since then, and until 2007, as the Co-Pilot Group with funds from Fundación Colombia.  In 2008, 21 of them started studies within the program Superior Level, after having graduated from High School. In 2011, 7 of those students graduated from Contemporary Studies in Dance Program / (Técnico Laboral en Interpretación en Danza) with the support from the Ministry of Culture and Asociación Metrópoli Colombia. Currently, they are part of the Professional Insertion Group, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

In 2005, eCdC initiated two new pedagogical processes within the program Seeds of Talent. One, directed to 50 children, students at Barbacoas Ecological Institute (Barú Island), financed by Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, in a dance studio built by this foundation inside that school: Baruana. This process was achieved until 2010, having been extended to 40 children in 2006. The other group of 50 children received classes in another dance studio built by the Ministry of Education inside INEM School, whose process was then financed by the Ministry of Culture.

A total of 85 children and adolescents were part of the program Artistic High School (Emphasis in Contemporary Dance), developed through agreements with the schools where they received their academic education. In 2011 due to their high level in Dance, while graduating from High School, 3 of the students from INEM School were admitted in the preparatory phase of the program Contemporary Studies in Dance / Técnico Laboral en Interpretación en Dance, having started the first year of studies within this program in 2012.

During the second semester of 2009, 40 children from Institución Educativa Fundación Pies Descalzos (based in Barranquilla, another city on the Colombian Caribbean shore), started their formation with eCdC. The group that was expanded to 60 children between ages 7 and 10, until the end of 2010, when the process was finished.

In 2011, 60 students from Project MA: my body, my house – (Strategy Education with Dance) – were selected to continue their formation at eCdC, within the Program Artistic High School (Strategy Education for Dance). They were chosen according to their interest, talent and vocation.


     Strategy Education with Dance 

  •  Body Sensitivity Program 

In 2007 eCdC began a Body Sensitivity Program through Contemporary Dance and complementary disciplines with 60 children and youngsters from the town of Pasacaballos, sponsored by Mamonal Foundation. This process was also initiated in 2008 with 50 children and youngsters of Plan International; and with 50 more kids from Afro-Caribe Foundation, which was developed with the support from Conexión Colombia and funded by Caracol.

In 2007, eCdC developed another pedagogical process with 60 children and adolescents from neighboring communities of Usaquén (Bogotá), in agreement with the Instituto de Estudios Pedagógicos IDEP.  Process also implemented in the cycle 2003 – 2004 with 30 children and adolescents displaced by the war, living in the town of Villa Hermosa and studying at Juan Bautista Scalabrini School. It was sponsored by UNFPA, GTZ and Colombia Joven.

The positive impact of Project MA: my body, my house, on children of the Instituto Ecológico Barbacoas (Barú Island), motivated Fundación Julio Mario Santo Domingo to sponsor the continuity of the formation of 119 children during 2010. On the other hand, in 2010 Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barranquilla) expanded the number of participant children; a total of 340 received formation with the strategy Education for Dance.

During this same year a new pedagogical process was started with 70 children and adolescents, inhabitants of Manzanillo del Mar, a marginal fishermen´s town on the north zone of the city, its current urban development area. Initially funded by Fundación Eco-Progreso, it has been sponsored by Fundación Carlos y Sonia Haime during 2011 and 2012, having been expanded to 80 kids in 2012.

On the other hand, in 2011 eCdC started a process with 120 children from of Arroz Barato, Policarpa, Maparape and Puerta de Hierro, neighboring towns of the industrial zone of the city. It is sponsored by Fundación Endesa / Emgesa.

During the second semester of 2010, a total of 50 youngsters between ages of 14 and 25, exposed to gangs, participated in a process of body and artistic sensitivity, funded by Secretaría del Interior.  

Taller Cuerpo Panamá

In 2009, 120 children and youngsters participated in this project, developed through the strategies Education for Dance and Education with Dance. It was funded by the Oficina del Casco Antiguo. It was achieved in situ by the Directors of eCdC with the collaboration of the dancers of the Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias, who were the teachers.