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reflections on the 2022 IDOCDE symposium
The April Issue – symposium description is here
The March Issue
The February Issue
The November Issue
making place for making place
Nancy Stark Smith
The May Issue: Onwards with IDOCDE!
IDOCDE Virtual Meetings starting soon!
The December Issue
The September Issue
on symposium scheduling and languaging against the odds
on beaver dams and the 7th IDOCDE symposium
in lieu of transparency, approaching the 2019 IDOCDE symposium
Tracing Forwards –––––– the question of (human) nature
New Year, New Symposium, New Story
Tradition, Evolution and Diversity – Share Your Legacy
updates, updates, updates
... how many hours in a day
The Cassiopeia score and other matters; power, pedagogy, and the imparting of knowledge
revelations, reflections, confessions; post-symposium update
Months Bleed into New Months
Martin's Alphabet
You are here – I am here
Something New
Ashes to Ashes, Water to Words
Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui ... [1]
a fictional season
on beauty: an unexpected debate
What I Did Not Miss This Summer
I Can Not Not Move. Can You?
IN THE SPACE OF STUDY – notes on The Legacy Project and the 2017 IDOCDE Symposium
Scores for Rest
Everlasting Words
what you give will remain yours forever
the limit of the limitless
What can dance bring to culture?
Documentation and Identity – New lives of memories...
Solo thinking does not exist
The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary
Hot Stones Notwithstanding
Documenting what is in a flux
Symposium Preparations Under Way
Moving images are often read as “the truth”...
The Technology Coordinator
Potential for Relationship, Subversion and Emergence
A quantum LEAP to REFLEX
Abundance of Exchange – no me but for you!
Teaching Form[less]?
Questioning it all?
After a few months of ephemerality…
Failing Successfully!
Her sweet boredom…
teaching dance, flying airplanes and surgery procedures
re-creation – by the writing dance teacher
Revisiting Our Reality
The End
Roll the bones!
And now?
Treasure Hunt
News from the Arsenal
Body time & Politics
Morning training opening at K3
Symposium 2013 Vienna
Time is ticking...
"If tomatoes are a fruit, isn't ketchup...
Symposium 2013: Call for proposals
Teaching at ImPulsTanz: Call for applications
idocde meeting Stolzenhagen August 13-17, 2012
More videos please!
Hello… What are you doing here?

The End

We can not teach no more!

Let alone dancing or choreographing…

In the past year, meandering around the world we have been assured that everybody already knows what we try to teach. 

As the economists continued to choreograph and the politicians took all the leading roles in belly dancing, the audience practiced all the crescent & aikido rolls, fixed point of contact on the streets; small dance, thigh lifts and arm circles on squares, pelvic shifts in front of their TV and subtle hand movements for postings in social media. Was it not CI practices that we witnessed in Egypt, Syria, Turkey and Brazil in 2013? Jazz in Russia, Skinner Release in Germany? Gaga in Bulgaria? Feldenkrais in US? For sure it was some Flying Low going on in Italy!? China and Japan were a bit more Traditional maybe… And yes, the nature was again an inspiration - informing bodies of Indians for fluidity, reminding the importance of tensegrity to Philippinians and for sure working on room tilt for Alaskans. And you think that you were creative and informed in your teaching? It was all out there, free of charge!

Happy new year! 

Caught up in the fast pace of our times, in need of changing paradigms, what is there for us? What is more of dance to feed the changing world? For better, for worse? Maybe it’s the right time to remember what it is really what we are doing? Afresh look at “the instrument” we utilize and how to relate to it, how to take care of it, how to communicate around it? Inquiring around the roles of the dance teacher, the learner and the material!

Am I going too far? Does the issue start to require a conference of a kind?!

Here we go:

teach me (not)! A call for the 2nd IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education in August 1st-3rd, 2014 in Vienna.

Since the means of relaying information is at the speed of light and the democratic bodies seek new ways of moving together; teach me (not)! invites dance educators and others contributing to this field to bring forward their proposal to investigate horizontal (or non-hierarchical) learning, uses of language, and the current practices in contemporary dance education and related fields. And the big question is “How are we teaching today?”

There is no restriction to the format of the proposal other than being realistic in the organizational frame of the symposium. Ideas for proposals are teaching a class and sharing reflections, panels, lecture demonstrations, talks, discussions among more uncommon formats. Both individual and team proposals from teachers from all the world, IDOCDE community and LEAP participants are welcome!

-       To learn more about the procedure please check details here

-       For further questions, please contact

-       For technical problems, please contact 

Extended deadline for proposals is March 1st, 2014. But hey! Please do not wait for the symposium to share what you do and how you do it? There is now a new forum in our site called “Bullitin Board” and a new topic awaits you there – “Teaching News from Teachers”. Feel free to share all your teaching activities and do not forget to create some kind of idoc jewels out of these! I remind you, we have a big audience here: as of January 2014, we are officially 560 idocdeistas!

So, let them tell us about communities, new ways of communicating and moving together and we share with them here what we offer to the world, though our abstract yet so tangible means! 


Defne Erdur

İstanbul  -  January 7th, 2014