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The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC) is an independent space for Contemporary Dance in Egypt that opened the first full-time Contemporary Dance school in Africa and the Arab world. In addition to this 3-year, full-time professional program with a duration of 30 months, CCDC also offers artistic residencies, classes, and workshops open to the public in various dance and movement disciplines. The center also organizes and participates in public performances and festivals. CCDC was founded and is under the artistic direction of Egyptian dancer, choreographer, and educator Karima Mansour. Both CCDC and Karima Mansour are registered members of the UNESCO International Dance Council.

How was CCDC born

With the help, support, and endorsement of the dance scene in Egypt and all those working in the field, through meetings and discussions, Cairo Contemporary Dance Center was founded in 2012 by Karima Mansour, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, at the Creativity Center on the ground of Cairo Opera House. It moved to its current location in January 2014, and has since been operating as an independent project under the umbrella of MAAT for Contemporary Art.

Its Programs

The 3-year, full-time professional training program in Contemporary Dance provides a holistic approach to the art form. Through daily classes (5 hours per day, 5 days a week, for a duration of 30 months), the program provides advanced professional training in Contemporary Dance but also in traditional techniques from different regions (Martial Arts, Vernacular dances, etc.), as well as theoretical classes.

The curriculum is composed of one third Contemporary Dance classes and workshops. The other two parts are divided into practical training in various dance forms (Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Dervish, etc.) as well as Martial Arts (Aikido, Shaolin Gong Fu, Taiji…), Yoga, Pilates and theory classes such as Anatomy, Performance Studies and Biomechanics.

Guest instructors at CCDC come from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and beyond, to give our students maximum exposure to the latest trends in regard to Contemporary Dance techniques, methodologies, and backgrounds from all over the world, thus also paving the way for those eventually interested in a career in choreography and / or teaching, while recognizing the needs for each path.

Open classes and workshops:
In addition to its professional training, CCDC also offers to the general public open classes, courses, and workshops for adults and children in several disciplines. All classes are animated by recognized artists and teachers, certified and experienced. Adults open classes include: Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Vernacular Dances (Hip Hop, Breaking), Fitness classes (Yoga, Pilates, Oriental Workout, Stretching, Barre), and other performing arts (Poi Spinning, Acting, Puppet) Children classes include: Contemporary Dance, Creative Movement, Ballet, Hip Hop, Breaking. Different formats (courses, workshops, walk-in classes), durations and frequencies are offered for the different disciplines, so people can sign up for what fits them the most.

The residency program:
CCDC also opens provides space for professional or emerging dancers and artists, local or international, to rehearse, research, train or work on their creative process.

Who dances at CCDC

The 3-year, full-time program is a program open to people aged 17 to 27, from all backgrounds, nationalities and experiences, who want to become professional contemporary dancers, choreographers or teachers - making sure to clarify the different needs for each path and accompanying the students after they graduate. Currently, we have Egyptian, Venezuelan and Jordanian students as well as occasional exchange students.

The open classes, courses, and workshops, are open to anyone, whatever their background, experience, age, or physical conditions. Most of our classes are for beginners, but we also have semi-beginner, intermediate or open level, so people with already some experience in dance can go further into their training. This program also allows practitioners from the Egyptian dance scene to practice their art form.

In the residency program, CCDC also opens its door for professional dancers and artists, local or international, to rehearse, train or work on their creative process. Last year, 14 artists, from Egypt, Africa or Europe benefited from this program.

Who teaches at CCDC

CCDC brings high quality artists, dancers, choreographers, all recognized, certified and experienced teachers and based on very specific criteria, to provide the best possible training to its students. Our faculty of teachers include both Egyptian and foreign teachers, in addition to guest artists from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and beyond.

Mission, values, vision

CCDC’s Mission is to become a hub for Contemporary Dance in the region; to provide vocational training, open classes, a repertoire, and employment opportunities to the steadily growing community of performers, choreographers, teachers, learners, and audience; and to broadly reach out to less exposed communities.

Values that CCDC embodies are as follows:

• Professionalism & high quality: All CCDC teachers and trainers are certified and experienced. Artistic and social quality is of highest importance. All staff work and communicate professionally with CCDC’s community and beyond.

• Fair treatment: All CCDC staff and community members are treated with respect, fairness and diversity is valued.

• Trust & community-building: CCDC actively seeks to build a trusting community that gathers around contemporary dance.

• Personal growth: CCDC encourages all staff and community members’ personal development.


Currently, a second generation of students is following the 3-year, full-time professional program in Contemporary Dance, they will graduate in June 2019. Our open classes, courses, and workshops are expanding, with always new additions to our program. In the past years, CCDC has also been busy organizing or co-organizing different cultural events or festivals.

The community

CCDC is affecting the dance community in Egypt and the Arab world by providing the only full-time professional training program in Contemporary Dance in the region; by welcoming professional dancers or choreographers in residencies to give them the opportunity to work on their pieces; by providing work to dance teachers and CCDC own graduates – currently, 5 of our teachers are graduates from our full-time program; by providing space and artistic support for emerging artists and alumni (14 artists benefited from our residencies program last year); as well as by occasionally giving artists the opportunity to show their work, meet other artists or exchange with the local audience, by attending festivals or other events. CCDC is also always on the lookout for possible projects to involve our students - whether current or graduates; in the recent years, CCDC has sent over 10 students for Summer intensive courses or residencies abroad, and several alumni are currently involved in different artistic projects.

What dancers say

“The people are extremely nice there, and so is the teacher. I'm having so much fun there at practice, and I recommend this center 100%. Thank you for making this experience joyful for me, I truly won't forget it when I leave.” Sufi Hassan

“Yay! keep it coming! ... cuz we need to remember that there are good things happening in Egypt and that people are fighting against unbelievable odds .... to create beautiful things” Ginan Rau

“I, Maha Hafez, will stay forever supporting that positively radiant place Cairo Contemporary Dance Center” Maha Hafez

“After 2 or 3 months of joining my first dance class I found myself in a Contemporary Dance School, committed to a full time study for 3 years!!! I didn't make a plan for all of this, it just happened.. I don't believe that all of this happened in just a few months, but I'm really happy and I hope dance will love me as I love it... ” Mostafa Abdel Aty

“It was an honor to teach in this program this past year and I'd be doing it again if I wasn't teaching full time at AIS this coming year :) If you're passionate about Dance, this program is the only one like it in Egypt and will train you in many different capacities as a Dancer.” Nicole Roerick


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Hi, I’m Karima Mansour, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, founder and artistic director of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center. I think UMUV is a great platform connecting dancers and dance lovers from all over the world, thus building a stronger international dance community. Being a user on UMUV allows us to post online all our dance classes, but also our events such as festivals or performances, and by doing so, to reach a wider audience, and to connect with people from all over the world who can be interested by what we are offering here. Here at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, WE MOVE - DO YOU MOVE?

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