Informations (english)

About

Designed for adults amateur dancers, this international summer camp is a unique opportunity to learn and perform a complete ballet from the classical répertoire alongside professional ballet dancers.

You will spend 8 intensive (yet fun) days taking a morning ballet class and learning the répertoire with our international team of teachers.

Exemple of a typical day :

  • 9-10.30am : ballet class in groups
  • 11-12.30am : rehearsal in groups
  • 2pm-5pm : rehearsal together or in groups
  • 5.15-6.15pm : Pilates & stretching class

Participants should have at least an intermediate level of ballet training (at least 2-3 years of practice). Dancing on pointe is not mandatory.

Participants will be divided in groups by our teachers. Ballet classes will be at one of our studios: Le studio de la Manu (for the whole week) or La Barge (only for the first couple of days). Rehearsals will be held either in one of our ballet studios or directly on stage.

There is no selection, we run on a first come first serve basis. The number of participants is limited to 32. Participants must be at least 16 years old on the 1st day of the course.

The camp starts on Friday July 8th with a welcoming event in the evening (after 5.30pm, exact time to be announced). Ballet classes and rehearsals will start on Saturday 9th at 9am.

The ballet learned during the week will be performed, in costumes, at l’espace du Roudour theater, a local theater. The performance will be open to the public.

The Stage from L’espace du Roudour theater where the performance and most rehearsals will be held.

Join us to experience this amazing week dedicated to Ballet. It’s a unique time to meet other fellow adult ballet enthousiasts from around the globe. You won’t regret it!


Teachers and Repertoire

This year we will dance A Folk Tale (a Bournonville ballet) at l’espace du Roudour. The version danced will be adapted from the original version to fit in a 1h30 performance.

Teachers and dancers: to be confirmed and completed

Dinna Bjorn began her dancing career in 1964 with the Royal Danish Ballet and had her soloist debut in 1966. She went on to perform a wide range of major roles in Denmark and abroad as a guest artist. From 1985-88 Ms. Bjorn taught at the Royal Danish Ballet School. She has choreographed many works for the Royal Danish Ballet as well for Dinna Bjorn Dancers. In 1996, she was appointed Artistic Advisor to the Royal Danish Ballet. In addition to these directorships, she was the Artistic Director of Dinna Bjorn Dancers, a company she formed with Frank Andersen, consisting of soloists from the Royal Danish Ballet, which toured extensively throughout the world. She has also created five Hans Christian Andersen ballets for Tivoli’s Pantomime Theatre for which Queen Margrethe designed the décor and costumes. In 1990, she was appointed artistic director of the Norwegian National Ballet, and in 2001, she became ballet mistress for the Finnish National Ballet.

Ms. Bjorn has been teaching and coaching the works and technique of Bournonville since 1975 and has participated in Bournonville research and reconstructions internationally. Her best-known reconstructions are the pas de trois from Soldier and Peasant (1981), the dance of the Three Graces in The Muse of the Homeland (1983) and the pas de deux from The Toreador (1989). Ms. Bjorn is much in demand as a guest teacher and lecturer and has given master classes and lectures at universities and theatres in Scandinavia, England, France, Italia, Germany, USA, Canada, China, and Hong Kong. She is the author of several articles on the technique and legacy of August Bournonville. Augmenting her numerous accomplishments, Dinna Bjørn has received the Danish Order of the Dannebrog, the Finnish Order of The White Rose, and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

Eric Viudes began his ballet training in Biarritz, France. At age 14, he won the first prize at the Concours de la Scène Francaise in Paris, directed by Serge Lifar, and achieved jury recognition in character dance. Thereafter he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris where he completed his ballet education. He also studied with Maitre Yves Brieux. Upon graduation he joined the Ballet du Rhin and in 1984 was engaged at the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, where he was promoted to Principal Dancer after two years. His leading roles include “Vaslav Nijinsky” in Ulf Gadd´s Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the 1985 premiere in Oslo and in the Norwegian television production of the ballet in 1996. Other leading roles include the young bridegroom in Jerome Robbins´ Les Noces, the husband in Glen Tetley´s La Ronde, “Gurn”in Bournonville’s La Sylphide, “EdvardGrieg” which Sølvi Edvardsen created for him in Grieg à Jour and the Red Pas de Deux in Jiri Kylian´s Forgotten Land.

In 2003, he received the French Diploma for teaching classical ballet. He has served as guest teacher with many ballet companies including for the Aspirant classes at The Royal Danish Ballet (2003-2008). He was a member of the faculty for the Bournonville summer seminars in Tokyo, Japan and in France for Bournonville à Biarritz where he has served as Artistic Consultant since 2009.

Julie Dupas: Julie is a Pilates teacher. She worked as a Biology teacher for 5 years and has a PhD in Biology. She is passionate about ballet and danced at the Brest Conservatory for 4 years, she also participated in 5 editions of the original Finnish ballet camp that inspired this French edition. She’s a certified Pilates teachers and currently teaches Pilates, mat and reformer, in Amsterdam. She’s the founder of this ballet camp for adults.

Sara Antikainen: Sara is a professional ballet dancer and will dance the role of Teresina in this years production of Napoli. Sara is originally from Finland but currently lives and works in Plzeň (Czech Republic) as a soloist. She started her career in the Finnish National Ballet and since 2018 she has been dancing with the Divadlo J.K. Tyla. In her own words Sara is “looking forward to being part of this unique event next summer”.

Alexander Negron: Alex is an American dancer and a ballet teacher. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam (the Netherland). He previously danced with the Oregon Ballet theater and Opera Wroclawska. He’s the founder of 31/20 Dance collective in Amsterdam.


Fees

€490,- if registered before March 19th 2023

€550,- starting from March 20th 2023

This fee doesn’t include food, accomodations or travel. Travelling needs to be arranged by the participant themselves. However, you can find some help in the next sections “Travel” and “Accomodation”.

We also offer a “Room & Board” option for our participants. This will be offered separately and will have to be paid at least 6 weeks before registration. Price and fees can be found in the “Room & Board” section.

Fees can be paid in 2 instalments, the first installment has to be paid upon registration and the last installment will have to be paid at least 6 weeks before the course starting date. Our refund policy can be found in our terms and condition.

To register go to the “registration/inscription” page of our website a d follow the instructions.

Only full applications (fees included) will be taken into account.


Travel

Morlaix Train station

By train: MORLAIX Train Station is directly connected by TGV (fast speed train) by the line PARIS -BREST (multiple daily trains). Other local and national lines also operate on this station.

Brest-Bretagne airport

By plane: Brest Bretagne airport is located less than 60km away from Morlaix and has a direct line to multiple national and european cities. If you need to transfer in Paris, avoid changing airport during your transfer. From Brest airport, you can rent a car, or take the free shuttle to Brest city center and take either a bus or a train to Morlaix.

From Morlaix train or bus station, transports may be arranged. Feel free to contact us!

By car: Morlaix is directly located on the RN12 (freely connecting Brest to Rennes).

Sanitary precaution : following the current governmental guidelines regarding the pandemic, you will likely need a european health passport (based on QR code). Currently proof of full vaccination by recognized vaccine or proof of getting Covid for more than 2 weeks but less than 6 months is needed to obtain such document.

To return to your country you might need a PCR or antigenic test, those can be done at the medical laboratory for respectively 50€ and 25€.


Accomodation

This year we are now offering a “Room an Board” option. We will be hosted at the “Château du Nec’Hoat”, in either the west part of the castle or it’s annexe “La sellerie du Nec’Hoat”.

Rightly placed at the entrance of Morlaix, the Nec’Hoat castle will be hosting us this summer, either in an wonderful 3 story flat or in its annexe, all within its beautifule 17 acres park. Recently renovated with care to offer you all the comforts, this family-home, full of character, will charm you with its neat and warm decoration. Here are some pictures that will make to travel to Brittany!

Bed sheets, pillow, blankets and a bath towel will be provided.

Théâtre Espace du Roudour : rue Park ar Roudour, 29600 Saint Martin des Champs

Room & Board is offered in double room or in private rooms. However spots are limited (12 in total), we only have 10 spots in double room and only 2 private rooms.

Room and Board is offered from Friday july 7th at 4pm to Sunday 16th at 10am.

For local participants a “Meal Plan” only option is available.

Meals will be vegan and vegetarian friendly. However, this year we are NOT able to accomodate any severe allergies except for breakfast. Breakfast will be served as a self-service, so we will be able to provide the ingredients for it. A refrigerator and an equipped kitchen will be at your disposal at the castle.

Room and Board Fees

Full room and board 500€ (room in a double room +3 meal/day from friday 7th diner to sunday 16th breakfast) 0 spot left SOLD OUT

Single room supplement +120€, SOLD OUT

Half Room and board 440€ (room + only 9 breakfasts) SOLD OUT

Lunch 85€ (8 lunch from Saturday 8th to saturday 15th)

Lunch +Diner 160€ (8 lunchs and 8 diners, from friday 7th diner to saturday 15th lunch)

If you wish to take care of your accomodation and meals by yourself, Morlaix as numerous hotels, bed and breakfast (such as La Maison Serrurier) as well as a hostel (Auberge de Jeunesse de Morlaix).

Houses and appartements for rent can be found on airbnb, booking.com as well as on the “office de tourisme de Morlaix” website (https://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/fr/ ).

In order to reduce your costs, if you wish to share a room (in a hostel) or a house with an other participants, don’t hesitate to let us know, so we can put you in contact with other willing participants.


Adresses

To help you choose your accomodation, you’ll find below the adresses of our different studios:

La barge : 34 route de Paris, 29600 Morlaix

Le studio de la Manu : Cour des artistes, 42 bis Quai du Léon, La Manufacture, 29600 Morlaix


What to bring with you to ballet camp?

Below is a succint list of items you’ll need to pack

  • a yoga mat (foldable exist for packing, ex: Nyamba from decathlon)
  • 2 massage ball in a socks ( 2 tennis ball works the same)
  • for female identifying participants
    • a pair of pink/skin colored tight (for the performance)
    • a matching pair of ballet flats
    • nude underwear/leotard (not white, to wear under the performance costume)
    • a pair of black character shoes (low or medium/low heels)
    • if applicable your pointe shoes
  • for male identifying participants :
    • black ballet shoes
    • one pair fo black tight footless tight and one white t-shirt (for the show)
  • necessary for simple hair and stage make up
  • your regular ballet practice clothes
  • a laudry bag (to separate your clothes for washing up)
  • a warm jacket/ sweater : Brittany weather can be quite chilly in the evening
  • a rain jacket, in Brittany an unexpected shower can arise at any time!


Sign up and Contact

To sign up for the camp or to contact us, please fill the form below.

!!!NEW!!! You can know download the registration form directly from this website by clicking on the “Registration” tab.


Terms and Conditions

1. Participants will be divided into groups by the coaching team.

2. The organization must be informed if the participant has any allergies or other health problems, and an accompanying letter must be submitted.

3. All participants must bring normal practice wear, including pointe shoes for female students willing to participate on Pointe.

4. The organizers will not be held responsible for any damage or injury, however caused, to any person attending the course, nor for the loss of any property.

5. The organizers reserve the right to retain all or part of the course fees in the event of the applicant’s withdrawal. Withdrawal within 6 weeks of the camp starting date will not be reimbursed.

6. The organizers reserve the right to change the teachers or artists in the event of illness or any other unavoidable causes.

7. The organizers reserve the right to cancel and/or change a part of the course or to cancel the entire course. If the course is cancelled, and only  if this occurs, the organizers will only refund the course fees excluding any additional cost (f.ex.: accommodation and travel expenses). In case of change in part of the course, no reimbursement will be emitted.

8. It is recommended, as whenever traveling abroad, that the candidate takes out personal travel insurance.

9. No candidate can attend the course injured.

10. Photo- and video shots are property of « le petit ballet international » and can be used freely by « le petit ballet international »  of for promotional and marketing purposes.

11. All participants must have health insurance.

12. All participants must have a liability insurance.

13. All participants younger than 18 years of age must send us, prior to the start of the course, the Authorization for underage person fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian.


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