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Professional Dance Schools of Castilla y León
28th June 2021

The Escuela Profesional de Danza de Castilla y León Ana Laguna in Burgos as well as the EPDCYL Valladolid are the only centres in the Castilla y León region authorised to offer professional dance training. Both centres offer students the possibility of having specialist teachers, interpreters and guest choreographers from other educational institutions or dance companies.

The centres, which have been offering dance studies since 2006, are managed by the Fundación Universidades y Enseñanzas Superior de Castilla y León, an entity linked to the Ministry of Education.

EPDCYL Valladolid, © caraAcara
EPDCYL Valladolid, © caraAcara

Fifteen years on from their creation, both schools have seen students obtain training scholarships awarded by institutions such as the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the English National Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet as well as prizes in prestigious competitions both nationally and internationally.

It is the great team of professionals, dancers and musicians, who drive the success of both schools, offering a high quality and complete training that opens doors to the professional world of dance.

EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada
EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada

Centre of Valladolid

The EPDCYL Valladolid is located within the facilities of the Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre, a national and international benchmark for cultural activity in the community, which also contains the headquarters of the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Higher School of Performing Arts and the Professional Conservatoire of Music of Valladolid.

Exterior of the EPDCYL Valladolid
Exterior of the EPDCYL Valladolid

The centre, directed by Clara Blanco, teaches the specialties of classical ballet and Spanish Dance to a total of 233 students, 133 in elementary education and 100 in professional education.

It currently has 13 classrooms equipped with different products from the Harlequin range (Harlequin Liberty sprung floor as well as the vinyl floors Harlequin Cascade and Harlequin Standfast), among which the stage studio stands out, a multipurpose space shared with the School of Performing Arts.

EPDCYL Valladolid, © caraAcara
EPDCYL Valladolid, © caraAcara

Since 2018, the centre of Valladolid has hosted choreography workshops carried out by renowned dance professionals and choreographers, a pioneering project in Castilla y León. It offers students an essential tool to complete their training as professional dancers by giving them the opportunity to obtain the necessary stage experience to enter the professional world.

Centre of Burgos

The centre in Burgos is named after the dancer and teacher Ana Laguna, who endorses and supports the school’s work.

EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada
EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada

Directed by Amaya Iglesias, the EPDCYL Ana Laguna is the only centre in Spain with an educational model that includes the Specialist Teachers’ Project: Every trimester, professionals of international rank and of recognized prestige come to the centre to train the students in a variety of styles and different perspectives of dance today, enriching and completing their learning.

Much like the Valladolid Centre, the school in Burgos also conducts choreography workshops in order to offer its students an important enrichment of their training.

This Centre comprises 10 classrooms for a total of 196 students, of which 86 take elementary courses and 110 are in professional training. They are taught the specialties of classical ballet and contemporary dance on professional floors from the Harlequin range, including the Harlequin Liberty sprung floor and the Harlequin Cascade and Harlequin Standfast performance vinyls.

EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada
EPDCYL Ana Laguna, © Carlos Quezada
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