Amateur Dance and Repertoire is a program to accompany amateur practice beyond the dance class and the technical learning phase. Intended for groups of amateur dancers, it opens a space of sharing for those who wish to deepen a practice and a knowledge of dance in relation to its history.

2023 call for projects
— Call for Proposals opens November 7, 2022
— Online registration closes February 21, 2023
- Board of Selection Meeting: May 30, 2023

Characteristics of the aid programme

This assistance programme is aimed at groups of amateur dancers whose members have been working together for at least two years and who wishes to work, during the school year, a choreographic work created for more than five years or to practice dances not related to a repertoire of works (regional dances, world dances, etc.).
This choreographic experience is accompanied by obligatorily a component of cultural actions around the repertoire worked, its artistic and historical context.

For this, the groups and their usual manager will work with a professional - choreographer, performer, dance assessor or collector - in order to put together a piece or an extract of a repertoire piece, possibly adapted to the technical level of the group, or to deepen the relationship to the sources (collections) of a corpus of dances from tradition.

Concerning all styles of dance, Danse en amateur et répertoire aims to enhance their work by allowing them to confront the choreographic repertoire with a dance professional.

The work is presented on a national day that brings together all the groups that received assistance.

Relevant audience

Amateur dance groups must meet the six following features :

  1. the group must be composed only amateur dancers (the teacher cannot be included in the group);
  2. the group must be constituted since at least two years and have already set up choreographies (it cannot be a group constituted for the occasion or a group whose dancers are renewed every year);
  3. the group may originate from various organizations: amateur practice associations, traditional dance circles, cultural social institutions, university services, companies of children or adults claiming to be amateurs;
    Groups from specialized arts schools or associative or private dance schools are eligible only if they are partly composed of pupils from outside the curriculum. In particular, the group may not consist solely of pupils from the same class;
    not eligible for this programme are groups made up of students from pre-professional training courses or insertion cells, or amateur groups whose dance practice is part of a diploma course (e.g. dance-study courses in engineering schools).
  4. the group must be composed of a minimum of five dancers ;
  5. the group must justify that it has a suitable workplace throughout the project;
  6. Group members must be insured for the activity.

The project

All dance styles may fall under this program. In all cases, the project has two components:

  • the first part focuses on the discovery or deepening of a repertoire either by appropriation of a work or an extract of a work, or by exploration of a corpus of dances;
    the second part consists in the establishment ofcultural actions around the repertoire worked and its cultural environment.

Application procedures

The application file is to be completed online.

To validate your file before submitting, you must complete all the fields in the online form.

We advise you to prepare the contents of this file beforehand using this template form: Prepare your application

Upload all of the following additional parts:

  • The CV of the speaker;
  • The stakeholder’s letter of agreement for the project (specifying the number of hours planned as well as the agreed hourly rate with the structure);                                          
  • The consent of the choreographer or his successor in title for the use of his work within the framework of this project (specifying, if applicable, the amount of copyright requested) and proof of the steps you have taken to pay the fees of the part concerned if necessary;                                                                                                                              
  • A statement of bank identity of the structure representing the group to which the subsidy will be paid;
  • The estimated budget for the project according to the following model:
    pdf file / excel file

You will not be able to validate the file if they are missing.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by a volunteer commission designated by the National Dance Centre and composed of DRAC dance advisors, ADDM and ARDM dance mission managers, choreographic artists who have conducted projects with amateurs, and the dance inspection of the Direction générale de la création artistique.

See the full call for projects 2023

Also to be consulted

Amateur dance and repertoire section
Previous support programs: Results of support programs; List of works edited by titles; List of works edited by choreographers; Collection «danse en amateur et répertoire» sur; Programs of national meeting room.

Amateur Dance and Repertoire

Initiative of the Ministry of Culture since 2006 in favor of amateur practice, the device Dance in amateur and repertoire is now implemented by the National Dance Centre. It provides opportunities for amateur groups from all walks of life – amateur practice associations, traditional dance circles, socio-cultural institutions, university clubs, children’s or adult companies… to extend their living experience of dance beyond the technical learning phase and the dance class itself by inviting them to choose a work from the repertoire. The support provided allows groups to collaborate with a dance professional – choreographer, dancer, notator – to work on an excerpt from a key piece of the repertoire.