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Youth in Contact

Training Course

8-16 May 2020 | Saintes, France

Contact Improvisation is a dance form based on the spontaneous communication between moving bodies that are in physical contact. We will explore Contact Improvisation by practicing it and develop resources to be applied in youth organisations.

The focus of Contact Improvisation is on giving and receiving, exchanging the body’s weight between the dancers. The dancers’ dialogue is the free improvisation, generating instant compositions, finding a free expression space to develop how to listen, how to communicate non-verbally, discovering oneself on the way.

We will develop resources based on Contact Improvisation to be applied in youth organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities. 


Our objectives are:

  • Introduce Contact Improvisation and its philosophy as an innovative methodology with broad potential from the artistic, pedagogical and social point of view, to youth workers and educators, providing tools that can be applied in their projects.
  • Explore Contact Improvisation as an inclusive dance, enabling participants to question gender stereotypes, physical or age differences, finding attunement with themselves and others through non-judgemental body expression.
  • Educate the holistic awareness of oneself and others, emphasizing the learning process through a balance between body and mind.
  • Discover the physical, emotional and psychic benefits of human contact, dissociating it from the sexual perspective.


This training course is for you if:

  • You are a youth worker or an educator working on a regular basis with a group of youngsters
  • You are willing to explore the possibilities of Contact Improvisation as an innovative tool in your daily work
  • You are officially resident of France, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia or Spain
  • You are able to work in English
  • You are open to listen to your body and let it be your guide 
  • You are ready to connect with others in a different level


By taking part in this project, participants will: learn what is Contact Improvisation by practicing it; be more aware of their personal development through connecting with their bodies in a deeper level; learn a set of Contact Improvisation exercises that can be applied in their organisations; and develop new ways how Contact Improvisation can be applied to Youth Work, connecting it with concepts such as inclusion, conflict management, sustainability, leadership, deep communication and creativity, among others. Our intention is that participants have an impact in the organisation level through sharing, spreading and applying Contact Improvisation in the local and international communities.


Timeframe of the project:

Applications deadline: 24th January at 12pm
Selection results: 10th February
Booking of travel tickets: until 14th February at 12pm


Arrival day: 8th May from 17:00 to 18:30

Start of the program: 9th May at 9:30am

End of the program: 15th May around 7pm

Departure day: 16th May until noon


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Educators

Working language(s):



Les Schini's (Youth NGO)

Les Schini’s is a non-profit organisation with two focuses:
- organising artistic live performances, festivals and public events that may involved various artistic
- empowering young people through body expression methodologies such as contemporary dance and theatre.

The organisation encourages artistic research, creation and production in partnership with other
artists, associations, companies and choreographers as well as other media (visual arts, music,
theatre, performances, videos and films).

One of the current focuses of Les Schini’s is to promote, share and celebrate the art of dance and
performance with as wide an audience as possible, in particular with people who do not have access
to culture due to their social background, age, origins or disabilities, by any means or medium
(courses, workshops, creation, training, performances).

Contact for questions:

Adrià Sonet


Phone: 000000000


Participation fee

The sending organisations from each country are entitled to ask for an internal fee, which in all cases will need to be paid even if you found the training in SALTO and not in their communication channels.

Accommodation and food

This training course is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Comission, therefore accommodation, food, materials and the program are covered.

Travel reimbursement

The travel costs up to the maximum amount specified below will be reimbursed after the training course:

France: 20 EUR
Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Spain: 275 EUR
Cyprus and Estonia: 360 EUR

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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