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ArteMente, Professional Dance Training Center, was born in 2015 to promote Dance, and it is organized like the great international Academies.

Now it is directed by Nicolò Abbattista, Christian Consalvo and Irene Romano.

The three-year training course is aimed at students between 16 and 25 years old, selected through audition, and it prepares them to cover different professional figures: not only the dancer figure, but also the teacher, choreographer or creative’s one.

The didactic course consists in 30 hours of lessons a week, with compulsory attendance, from Monday to Friday and it includes not only the academic classes, but also the large number of seminars with external teachers, and the participation, as artists or staff members, in the events organised by the Center, having the opportunity to discover and experience the different professional roles in the performing arts scene.

During the education period the students can deal with the professional world through the collaborations with other training centers, companies, choreographers and show agencies.

ArteMente’s programme arises from the strong need to educate not only dancer, in the purely executive meaning of the term, but “thinking bodies” capable of elaborating, producing and living an artistic act, people who do not just follow the choreographer or director’s directives, but are able to put their personality at the service of the artistic creation.

For this reason, in addition to the practical and theoretical studies, the students are invited to stimulate their curiosity and observe the contemporary panorama to deepen their compositional skills and consolidate a personal language. In this path, customized on the individual characteristics of each student, the individuality and peculiarities of the single person are never penalized in favor of standardization: on the contrary they are highlighted and stimulated to enrich the group.

We consider fundamental that today an artist must learn to be unique and “one of many” at the same time: in particular, he must know how to enter into a work stylistically different from his own movement, in the most homogeneous way possible, but also be able to make a just and inimitable language, if needed.