Cooperation agreement signed with Rosella Hightower National Dance Center

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Published on November 6, 2023 Updated on November 6, 2023

on the October 17, 2023

convention PNSD
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On Monday, October 16, Université Côte d'Azur and the Rosella Hightower National Dance Center (PNSD) signed a framework partnership agreement that strengthens cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement is also a natural development in the legal status of the Dance Center set to become a component of Université Côte d'Azur on January 1, 2024.

The agreement strengthens cooperation between the two schools on an institutional level but also in academic, scientific and artistic matters, for the benefit of students and staff alike.

The missions of the Rosella Hightower Dance Center are now included in Université Côte d'Azur's strategy, and the Dance Center also has a voice in defining the university’s strategy. The legal statutes provide for a form of reciprocal representation shared by the two organizations. Thus, a representative of Université Côte d'Azur is an ex-officio member with voting rights of the PNSD Board of Directors, and a PNSD representative is at the very heart of the university’s governance now that it is a member of the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee.

Cooperation in education and research in the Arts

Université Côte d'Azur wishes to continue supporting and developing its College of Art Schools. This includes promoting education, research, projects and events around the theme of art and actively collaborating with the Rosella Hightower Dance Center in implementing the policy proposed by the College of Art Schools in its "Arts and Creations" program.
The Rosella Hightower Dance Center, recognized for its expertise in the field of choreographic education, is also strengthening its cooperation and collaboration with the Graduate Schools (EUR) of Université Côte d'Azur directly or indirectly associated with the performing arts. Cooperation will increase in the field of pedagogy and research through the development of academic programs and actions that address the concerns of the Dance Center, such as dancer health and music.
As regards academic programs, Université Côte d'Azur and PNSD are working together on delivering joint degrees. Students enrolled in these programs will be registered with both Université Côte d'Azur and the Dance Center.

Dancers recognized as high-performing athletes

Université Côte d'Azur has also agreed to ensure that PNSD dancers enrolled in Université Côte d'Azur academic programs are recognized for administrative purposes as high-performing athletes.

Mobility initiatives and a richer university life

PNSD graduate students and staff will be able to apply for the international mobility programs organized by Université Côte d'Azur and its international partners.
Université Côte d'Azur and the Dance Center will pursue a coordination process that could lead to the pooling of services and actions. Already now, PNSD university students benefit from all the services offered by the Université Côte d'Azur Health Center, and from its university life and cultural activities.

A stronger cultural policy

The Department of Culture in charge of coordinating Université Côte d'Azur's cultural policy will draw on this cooperation to implement a cultural and artistic program in close collaboration with the local community. PNSD will work with UniCArts to develop initiatives with key regional players in the dance field.

“We are very pleased to see the renewed impetus this agreement is giving to the collaboration between Université Côte d'Azur and the Rosella Hightower National Dance Center." PNSD was already a member of our College of Art Schools and is a key member of the regional arts and creative sector. This new step will open the door to further projects with our academic and research components. The integration of the Rosella Hightower National Dance Center as a component of Université Côte d'Azur on January 1 is an important milestone that confirms our university’s stability as it transitions to the status of ‘Grand Etablissement’ by the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.”
Jeanick Brisswalter, President of Université Côte d'Azur