After a successful second edition in August 2017, Dance Bridges Festival will  continue to engage with local and international artists through a number of exciting new events.


Dance Bridges Festival is delighted to present a modern dance workshop with French artist, Lucas Viallefond, a modern dancer and a teacher at the Paris Opera School. http://lucasviallefond.com/en/

Workshop Description: The two-hour class is based on the Jooss-Leeder technique, developed by Hans Züllig and Jean Cébron, with contemporary barre work.

The precise consciousness of one’s body in the space and its dynamics are the ground of this approach. The technical work at the barre allows the upper side of the body and the arms to flow by being well aware of the weight, the swing, the possible oppositions and dissociations. The center of the body is in the continuity of the barre. It uses both the movement quality and sensations, the objective being to master sensations for a better precision and understanding of movement.

Suitability:The class is most suitable for dancers with previous dance training and will be of an Intermediate/Advanced level (age 13+).

Registration: There are limited slots(a maximum capacity of 20 participants) so prior registration is necessary.Call +91 807463292 / + 91 8013510836 to know more details on participation.

Date: 27th January 2018
Time: 3-5 PM
Venue: Sparsh Studio for Performing Arts, 8/1 Jain House, Esplanade East, Chowringhee, North, Kolkata-700069 
(Close to K. C. Das Sweet Shop)
Venue Contact: +91 96749 79277, +91 98300 19635

Charges: Rs. 400 per person. Discounted price of Rs. 300 for all students( please present a valid student ID at the time of registration.) Special discount price for dancers/students of Buoyant Performing Arts: Rs. 250.

This workshop is supported by Sparsh Studio for Performing Arts, Alliance Francaise du Bengale and Buoyant Performing Arts.


Dance Improvisation Jam| 16.12.2017

We hosted our first Dance Improvisation Jam with guests artists Devarshi Kar(Percussionist) and Abhishek Banerjee (Visual Artist). It was an enjoyable evening and we grateful to everyone who joined us that Saturday night.

Check out what the Telegraph t2 had to say here

Have a look at some of the event videos on our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more information on jam sessions in the future.

2018-2019 SEASON

More details about other upcoming performances, workshops, seminars and other special projects planned for the 2018-2019  season will be released periodically. Please follow us over social media and sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

The open call for Festival 2019 will be made in July 2018. To submit interim proposals to the Festival please email us at dancebridgesfestival@gmail.com. For all other inquiries please write to info@dancebridges.in.


Looking to join a class in contemporary dance and further your skills and knowledge by exploring dance technique, improvisation and choreography.

Festival Director, Vanessa Maria Mirza will be hosting regular classes for children, teens and adults at The Doodle Room (51 B Garcha Road, Kolkata 19. Opp. Hazra Law College) from 10th January 2018.

Childrens’ Creative Dance (Open): Wednesdays 4-5 PM

Teens & Young Adults (Beginner/Intermediate): Wednesdays 5-6 PM

Ladies Class(Beginner): Fridays 8.30-9.30 AM

Adults (Beginner/Intermediate): Saturdays 5-6 PM

Drop in or save a spot! Call +91 8017463292 for more details


April 2018-March 2019

If you would like to intern with us in the next year for our ongoing events and preparations for Festival 2019 send us an email to dancebridgesfestival@gmail.com.


Eligibility:  Indian & International candidates over 18 years of age with prior education/training/ interest in business & arts management, creative industries, dance production, media, arts & culture studies. Good communication skills and English fluency is required.

Description:  Applicants can sign up for a 1-6 month internship to gain experience in the arts and learn about the overall management of an international dance organization. They will be fully involved in various aspects such as working with artists and facilitators,promotion and publicity, community outreach, connecting with sponsors and media partners. Interns should be ready to work flexible hours averaging 4-6 hours daily.

Support:  Selected candidates will need to arrange funding for travel/flights, local accommodation and living expenses.  Dance Bridges management can advise suitable housing options, assist in making arrangements and provide a letter of invitation/other necessary documentation to procure funding/visas etc. The Interns will receive a certificate of completion, a recommendation letter on the basis of their work and gifts & merchandise.

Application Process: Please send a resume with a statement of purpose and letter of recommendation to dancebridgesfestival@gmail.com stating clearing the period of your internship and areas of interest.



Applicants may choose a single area of a combination (of a maximum of three areas) of special focus for their internship.

  1. Media, Design & Communications– photography, video documentation, social media promos, distribution of email invites, posters, programs/invitations, certificates
  2. Event Management-planning schedules, logistics- transport, accommodation, food – water arrangements, social engagements, organization of volunteers
  3. Artistic Production– theatre/venue requirements, lighting, sound, costume, props, flowers, backstage, front-stage, permissions, press, workshop arrangements
  4. Artist Management– Working with the artists/ being assigned to a group to look over their needs, local tourism, food, accommodation, rehearsal/performance schedules, social events, information, gifts.
  5. Marketing/Advertising Management– Working with sponsors, budgets, advertising, online &Press , PR, meeting with VIP guests, patrons/friends of the festival