Below is the course curriculum for the 2-week session at the Kibbutz Summer Intensive, totaling approximately 50 hours of academic dance curriculum.

Dancers attending the 4-week or 6-week Summer Intensive will have approximately 100 and 150 hours of academic dance curriculum respectively.

If you are currently enrolled in a dance program, academy, school or university and would like to receive academic credits and course accreditation for your time at the Summer Intensive, please put your school’s study abroad program office in touch with our International Director, Mr. Yoni Avital at yoni@kcdc.co.il so that we may coordinate this.


Course provides students with an exclusive encounter of KCDC’s expressive, dynamic and physical language which exemplifies the totally of the physical and spiritual human expression. Attention will be given to musicality, imagination and all the senses with high regard for technique, physical control, and physical awareness.

Practice in the development of ballet technical skill, body alignment, and concepts of ballet aesthetics. Methodology of different vantage points of the traditional ballet class, used as a foundation to be able to execute the movement and body language of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s repertoire.

Floor Work
Course provides students with instruction involving a sequence of exercises done in sitting and supine positions on the floor in order to stretch and warm up the body while discovering an additional form of movement expression. This dance technique takes place on the floor where gravity, weight transfer, bone structure and momentum all have an important role.

Modern Class

Development of techniques and principles of modern dance on an advanced level guided by guest teachers and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company teachers and company dancers.

Course provides students with tools that will serve for practical methods to use for development of physical awareness, strengthening, conditioning, as well as avoidance and coping with injuries.

Exploration of the creation of movement through improvisation. Students will explore and create, while spontaneously performing inner-directed movement. This course provides the opportunity to explore dance improvisation forms, including contact improvisation. The sensibility we will develop involves the student to be in the present, which means setting aside the notion of planning ahead, inventing, and guiding while also setting aside our evaluative nature that leads us to critically reflect on the recent past. Learning any kind of improvisation requires that we take charge of our own learning. It requires the desire and the ability to live each moment fully, without regard for the next or the last. Recognizing this sensibility within us and applying it to our dancing are the two primary learning goals for this class.

Participants receive professional guidance in the creation process of original choreography. This course covers development of fundamental skills in choreography and covers themes from our semester long Dance Journey program where a select number of our main company dancers along with established choreographers work with participants on the creation process of original works which are then showcased in the Zichri Theater in the International Dance Village.

We’re privileged to welcome each 2-week session during the Summer Intensive an established choreographer work with dancers and program participants.
Two full days per 2-Week Session

Gaga, the movement research developed by Ohad Naharin, the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company.

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

Taught to the more intermediate levels/groups at the Summer Intensive. Not necessarily a focal point of the program, but we believe this provides a proper balance and dynamic to the intensive weekly schedule.

Firsthand exposure to the people and landscape of Israel. Students engage in interpersonal encounters with the varying spectrum of ethnicities of Israel. Trips includes visits to the southern Negev desert, Jerusalem, the Galilee, and neighboring diverse villages in the Western Galilee.

** All courses, their duration, and content are subject to change.