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Dances from South Africa : Gumboots and pantsula


With Diwele Lubi

new South Africa comprises nine ethnicities and each one has its own cultural particularities and dances: dances of seduction, warrior dances, healing dances. They all celebrate life and are supported by song and body percussion. Next workshop : 25. February, 2018

Dances from Peru


With Gladys Ybaragüen

new Peruvian dance is the result of several  vibrant cultural encounters; Incan, Spanish and African traditions have all combined and this melange has ripened over the centuries.

L'art de la transe


With Claudia Heinle

new The art of trance is based on experimentation and training in time-honoured physical techniques, which allow our beings to attain, through specific movements and the appropriate breathing, the experience of a new vibration.

Greek Singing


With Anna Koti

new These classes are aimed at those who wish to develop their vocal ability and discover the performance of Greek song and its diverse styles: traditional, rebetiko, popluar and contemporary.

Salsa and Columbian dances


With Milena Cardona

The aim of this class is to learn to free up your body to the sounds of tropical music

Traditional Dances of Hungary and Transylvania


With Pannonia

Hungary has a rich inventory of traditional music that is respected well beyond its own borders. The dances are varied and are taught to a large public of all ages during workshops or live music dance evenings (tanchaz), which is another Hungarian tradition.

Kathak - Classical dance from North India


With Priscilla Gauri

Kathak is one of the 7 classical dance styles of India. This class will provide an introduction to children from 5 to 12 years old.

Introducton to Gnawa music


With Khalil Bensid

new Gnawa music originated in the Maghreb from the cultural practices that Black African slaves brought with them. It is called Gnawa in Morocco, Diwan in Algeria, and Stambali in Tunisia and Libya.

Greek Dance


With Pantelis Vervatidis

Pantelis taught for several years at the l’Association Hellénique de Genève, at the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie and the Communauté Hellénique de Genève. He continues to give classes at C.H.E.F in Geneva.

Flamenco singing


With Yolanda Almodovar

new This flamenco singing class covers the basic techniques through to the more complicated ones.

Hungarian dances - Children from 8 years


With Pannonia

The group has dancers of all levels, a rich array of cultural backgrounds and differents ages. Pannonia is active in the cultural life of the Geneva area and regularly performs at festivals, shows or parties and organizes “táncház” or “dance-houses” : dance evenings with demonstrations and teaching.

Pizzica Pizzica, Tammurriate, Calabrese, Siciliane - South Italian


With Katia Romano

This monthly workshop will teach you the many differents percussions and dances from South Italy.

Shômyô - February 10 & 11, 2018


With Junko Ueda

To continue the study of  Shomyo, Junko  propose 34 times a year a worksho,  for the medium students and an introduction for begginners.

Musiques et rythmes latino–américains


With Sergio Valdeos

An introduction to Latin American rhythms through a didactic and hands-on repertoire, which is adapted for the voice and for instruments.

Percussions of Haïti


With Ted Beaubrun

new Traditional Haitian music is rich with a multitude of rhythms that are connected to Voodoo spirtitualy and its African heritage, as well as that of the American Indians and Europe.

Bulgarian Folk Dances


Vanya Semkova and a et Dimitar Bogdanov

The specific rhythms including asymmetrical measures (5/8, 7/8. 9/8, etc.) and the variety of melodies and dances appeal to the diverse audience.

Oriental Dances - Children from 7 years


With Vivian'Adaya

For girls, starting from 7 years

Persian Dance


With Sepideh Nayemi

The aims of this course include discovering and developing natural grace, learning to express yourself freely in movement and enjoying dancing to the subtle rhythms and melodies of traditional Persian music.

Afro-fusion dances


With Dominque Rey

This introductory dance class aims to explore the different possibilities of a body in movement by linking it to natural elements such as water, fire, earth – the elements form the common thread.

Flamenco Dance


With Ana La China

Flamenco is a very structured art form that involves footwork, arm movements and synchronisation.

Sing the world !


With Heidi Fracheboud

An introduction to singing through different styles of music, rhythms and traditions like bossanova, French variety, as well as African, Italian and Latino songs. Travel around the world through music and songs. No musical knowledge is required.

Classical Arabic singing


With Aïcha Redouane

new Aïcha Redouane’s songs express the spiritual development of a path of love and light.

Japanese percussion: Taiko (from 8 years)


With Sandra Miura

The drums are made of cow skin and heavy, hard carved wood. They’re played with thick sticks and the impact is impressive. Training on the drums follows, as closely as possible, in the style of my Japanese teacher, Tamada-san: warm-up, strike exercises and then pieces.

Gypsy dances


With Pat la Gadji

 This is an intense dance with a pronounced feminine character, which calls on participants to dare to stomp their feet, to frown, to shake the shoulders, twirl their skirts, sway their hips and express what pleases us.



With Levon Chatikyan

new This wind instrument of Armenian origin consists of a cylindrical body and a double reed. There are 8 finger holes on the duduk’s front and two thumbholes on its back. A piece of reed acts as sound and air regulator. The duduk is a simple instrument but one that produces a unique sound.

Caucasian dances


With Mariya Khan-Khoskaya and Abdullah Ibrahimov

These dances belong to several distinct categories: work dances, ritual dances, military dances and women's traditional dances. Attention is drawn to the upper part of the body: the head, the movements of the arms and hands, as well as the dancer's facial expression.

Arabic Vocals and Oriental Songs


With Habib Yammine

new This monthly workshop focuses on arabic vocals and will be accompanied on percussion by Habib Yammine.

Iranian classical Daf


With Shahab Eghbali

While the Daf is a large, framed drum, used to accompany Iran’s Kurdish music, it is also widely played across the Middle East and in Central Asia.

Flamenco Dance for Children and Adolescents


With Michelle Gagnaux

Classes offer insight into flamenco through rhythm and movement. They are based on warm-ups, feet techniques and arm movements, as well as rhythmic exercises using palmas and other percussion mediums. Linked steps are also taught at a level adapted to the children

Kalbelya Dance from Rajasthan / Bollywood dances


With Maya Quiminal

This 2 classes focuses on two dances: One is dedicated to the gypsy dances :  Kalbelya of Rajasthan and the other to Bollywood dances.

Cuban Songs


With Reinaldo Delgado

Students will learn pieces, coordination with percussion, voice projection techniques and the exploration of harmonies. The end goal is to be able to play an instrument and sing at the same time.

Flamenco Dance for Children and Adolescents


With Maud Brulhart

Maud has been teaching flamenco dance to children from the age of 4 through to 12 for several years now and caters to different levels of ability.

Sacred danses from Turkey


With Sevil Kara

Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance)


With Priscilla Gauri and Astrid

Kathak classes begin with learning and practicing foot rhythms (tatkar), as well as the vocabulary of synchronised body movements, then diverse choreographies, rhythmic sequences,  as well as invocations to the hindu gods (Bandana).

Daff - Frame drum


With Caroline Chevat

The daff is a frame drum that has been used in numerous rituals since the beginning of time – so much so that it is part of a universal language.

Afro-Cuban Dance


With Reinaldo “Flecha” Delgado

The dances of Cuban Rumba are rich in variety:  Columbia is considered to be a very ancient type of rumba, which developed from the rhythms of Abakua rituals,  Xambu is a rumba with a slow tempo, Guaguanco is a dance of courtship and a game of seduction.

Dhrupad - Saturday 23 January


With Namrata Dentan

Dhrupad is the oldest surviving classical musical tradition in North India. The accuracy of the voice of sound frequencies and micro-tones are the essence of Dhrupad.

Oriental Dance


With Vivian'Adaya

Viviana sees Oriental dance as a unifying force in its traditional form, because it touches upon one’s deepest being. The dance remains both sacred and feminine for her. She recognises the therapeutic powers of dance and it is with this in mind that she transmits her knowledge.

Steel Drum


With Mateus Emilio Batista

 The Steel Drum or Steel Pan is issued from Trinitdad-and-Tobago.

Capoeira Angola


With Mestre Braga

Capoeira is a game of movements that retell this part of Brazilian history through physical expression and song, which is accompanied by the famous musical arc known as the berimbau.

Iranian luths : Tar and setar


With Sogol Mirzaei

This class offers training in traditional Persian music through introductory or advanced practice of two of its principal instruments: the târ and setâr lutes.

Flamenco's workshops


With Manu Castan or Daniel Renzi

2 teachers for different approaches to developing flamenco practice.



With Heidi Rasmussen

new  Kalarippayatt is, according to legend, the ancestor of martial arts. It is anchored in Kathakali training and is practiced in theatre schools throughout Southern India.

Irish Music – group lessons


With Leonard Gremaud

Irish music boasts an enormous repertoire, so the accent will be placed on learning and interpreting the jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas that are most often played and enjoyed today in jam sessions.

Balinese Dance


With Sinah Ni Nyoman Tordjman

By teaching the basic techniques and movements of these graceful dances, Sinah Tordjman opens up an incredibly rich cultural and artistic universe for discovery. She is a renowned artist who is passionate about the transmission of this unique patrimony.

Bharat Natyam


With Sujatha Venkatesh

Bharat Natyam is the most ancient style of traditional dance in India. It is a difficult and complex dance, in which each movement of the body (abhinaya) and each hand gesture (mudra) holds symbolic meaning. What appears to be so fluid, graceful and easy demands lengthy training and daily practice.

Hurdy Gurdy (wheel fiddle)


With René Zosso

René Zosso approached the hurdy gurdy with fresh energy : it was not only the traditional repertoire  that interested him, but also the instrument in combination with ancient music (oral tradition, Middle Ages, Baroque music) and all its possibilities.

Tyrolean Yodelling


With Héloïse Heïdi Fracheboud

Yodelling is present in many regions around the world and is expressed through a diversity of tones and rhythms. The roots of this technique are interwoven with nature (mountains and forest), as well as with the core of the human being.

Violins of Europe (Ireland, France and Cajun)


With Léonard Gremaud

Irish music boasts an enormous repertoire, so the accent will be placed on learning and interpreting the jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas that are most often played and enjoyed today in jam sessions.

Balkan Choral


With Nabila Schwab

The Angels of Monbrillant’s repertoire reflects the group’s encounters, desires, changing environments and other day-to-day disruptions.  The choir is open to all those wanting to explore their voices and mix with a group, regardless of experience

Afro-brazilian dance


With Luanda Mori

These classes are for those who wish to experiment with a particular approach to dance inspired by Afro-Brazilian culture, in all its symbolic richness and dynamism.

Japanese percussion: Taiko


With Sandra Miura

The drums are made of cow skin and heavy, hard carved wood. They’re played with thick sticks and the impact is impressive.

Mridangam classes: South Indian percussion


With Venkatasubramanian Pasupathy and Sivasuthan Sivarajiyer

The mridangam is a classical double drum from South India. Used to accompany songs, instruments and dance, it is made form a single piece of hollow wood, though it may have originally been made of clay.

Andean Flutes and Wind Instruments


With Raul Chacon

Sicu in Aymaran, antara in Quechua and zampona in Spanish are all words for the Pan flute, an ancient instrument from the Andes region.

Eastern music : Oud, singing and improvisation


With Yousra Dhabhi

Aimed at any level, these classes help develop listening and technique by focusing on the main styles of Eastern instrumental music.

Circle Dances and Folk Dances


With Regula Büchler

Folk dances include mazurka, waltz, polka, Breton circles, branles, bourrées, rondeau and mixers. The circle dances incorporate the traditions of Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Israel as well as more contemporary choreographies.  These dances allow for an even greater knowledge of steps and more varied movements.

Iranian Setâr


with Cyrus Shahidi

The setâr is an iranian instrument. The name "setâr" means 3 strings.

Chinese Harp – Guzheng


With Xu Qin

new The guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked-string instrument from the zither family - the oldest traces of which date back to the third century B.C. Gǔ means ancient and zhēng means zither.



With Aboubacar Konaté

The balafon is a wooden xylophone, which has origins in the Mandinka Empire (West Africa). It is played by striking sticks against slats of wood – the gourds beneath these serve as the resonator

The Tammorra and Tamburello - South Italy


With Salvatore Meccio and Massimo Laguardia

Like almost all percussion instruments, the tammorra and tamburello are social instruments. Whether in private or group lessons, the aim is to teach students to play these drums in a group situation, in keeping with the way that they are played in Southern Italy.

African Dances


With Aminata Traoré “Bata”

Lesson starts with rhythmical warm ups, followed by the actual class. Lesson finish with stretching to the voice of Bata and the djembefola playing of Madou and Zac.

Eastern percussion instruments: Derbouka, Bendir, Riqq, Daf


With Yasser Abdella.

These lessons are ideal for developing a musical ear and a sense of rhythm. They also focus on the main Arab instruments: Derbouka, Duff, Bendir and Riqq.

Afro-Cuban percussion


With Reinaldo “Flecha” Delgado

This course relates to the various rhythms and songs of the culture Cuban Negro primarily those dedicated to the worship of the “Orishas”

Hindustani Music : Santur, sitar or tablas


With Paul Grant

Paul Grant is a musician and teacher who has spent more than 35 years dedicated to the study of Eastern music.  He is known for his mastery of the santoor in a variety of classical repertoires, including Indian, Persian, Afghan and Kashmiri. In addition to being proficient on the tabla and sitar, he has restored and made several instruments in his existential quest for perfect sound!

Oud – The Arab Lute


With Redouane Haribe

Without doubt, the oud is the string instrument par excellence of traditional Arab music, both sacred and popular.  It is also present in the diverse musical genres of Turkey, Greece, Caucasia and Central Asia.

Kora Classes


With Sankoum Cissokho

The traditional kora belongs to the African harp family off Mandinka origin. Its resonance box consists of cow skin stretched over a half gourd. 21 strings made of animal innards are attached to a long stick that stretches the length of this gourd.

Carnatic vocals


With Lakshmy Natarajan

Carnatic music is considered one of the most ancient music systems in the world. It is a learned music that is full of emotion and involves a lot of improvisation.

Anatolia's popular music


by Ozan Cagdas

The traditions of the ashik, the Anatolian bards whose names mean 'in love', go back to the Middle Ages. Today, this tradition is maintained by professional musicians, poets and performers who accompany their songs with various long-necked lutes: saz, divan, cura, selpe

Hispanic American Guitar


With Paco Chambi

Paco Chambi teaches guitar classes based on the Latin American music tradition (classical and popular), but also teaches other repertoires according to the interests and requests of the students.

Violins and guitar of Central Europe and jazz manouche


With Dorin Gall

Romanian and Hungarian Tzigane tradition and Yiddish Music. Music theory, instrumental technique, right hand, phrasal structures, rhythmic section, vocabulary, bow technique, left hand and personal creativity.

Hindustani vocal


With Bijayshree Samal

Indian Classical Music is so rich that every human emotion, every restrained feeling in man and nature can be musically expressed and experienced.

Flamenca Guitar


by Etienne Mayerat

Classes aim to pass on flamenco’s different forms, particularly those of the guitar.  This includes studying the rhythmic and harmonic aspects of the principal styles (palos), as well as their cultural context.  Flamenco guitar technique offers many possibilities on the guitar, whether in a group or solo. 



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Geneva is one of the rare cities where such a vast number of world music activities are available to be learnt.  The Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie is not a music and dance school in the traditional sense, but rather a base for qualified teachers of the various music and dance fields.  In this respect, the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie has played a pioneering role since its foundation by offering a solid framework to a number of artists in which to develop their art.  Whether classes are run on a private or group basis, each one functions in an autonomous fashion in regards to teaching methods and financial arrangements.

Classes generally take place weekly and fees are paid directly to the teacher, either each month or each trimester.  However, we do ask that students join the association (annual membership: CHF 50.-; Friends of the Ateliers: CHF 100.-). 

This programme was established in conjunction with information provided by teachers, so it is possible there could be modifications during the year.

List of the classes


1- Ross Daly : Makrinitsa -
2- Daud Khan : Folk tune -
3- López-Petrakis-Chemirani -
4- Kelly Thoma : Hamsi -