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The Danish National School of Performing Arts

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Since 1968 The Danish National School of Performing Arts (Statens Scenekunstskole) has educated actors, dancers, choreographers sound & light technicians and designers, stage & production manager, scenographers, and director.

By offering eleven different educations in all aspects of theatre and contemporary dance, The Danish National School of Performing Arts (Statens Scenekunstskole) is the main educational institution in Denmark within the fields of acting, dance, choreography, scenography, light and sound design, musical accompaniment for dance, dance partnership, production and stage management.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts hosts about 130 students, who work in an interdisciplinary study environment, where it is possible to focus on your own subject while also engaging in productions and performances of all sizes. The students’ professional competence is developed through internships and through teaching and training from a number of professional educators from Denmark and abroad.

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Contemporary dance

Contemporary dance

Bachelor of Contemporary Dance, 240 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE
Duration 4 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Website http://scenekunstskolen.dk/en/contemporary-dance-programme

Description 

The Contemporary Dance programme at The Danish National School of Performing Arts is a four-year education levelled at the professional settings of theatre and performing arts. The school emphasises the creative, technical, musical and critical perspective of the art form.

Within the programme there is a special emphasis on somatic approaches, such as Alexander Technique, Klein/Mahler Technique and Feldenkreis for example, and deep body awareness as a foundation for the physical work.

The education focuses on new and contemporary dance techniques, along with ballet, improvisation, composition, contact-improvisation, music, physical theatre, voice, video, new media and reflective and critical practices. The students learn to analyze work in an objective, critical or theoretically based language. Guest lecturers, symposiums, watching of performance videos, Artist Talks, Dance History and trips to exhibitions and performances, all make up an important part of the education.

About the Degree

Contemporary Dance works with voice, drama and physical theatre through the collaboration with the acting department. The ‘voice-and-movement’ is becoming a more and more consisting part of the programme. The students are also introduced to dance forms or psychical practices from other cultures such as Capoeira, aikido and yoga. Some pedagogy is also included in the education as we see this as an important skill for today’s graduating young dancers.

Career/Acquired skills

The dancers are able to apply their somatic awareness to ballet and contemporary dance and other physical techniques. The aim is for them to be able to use their technique in a functional way no matter what the dance style. Students develop a quality of line, weight, efficient alignment and coordination in their moving, and a connection to and use of the floor.

During the programme dancers achieve a fundamental understanding of music, musicality and rhythm and are able to work both in groups, or in partnering work and individually. Student dancers graduate as creative artists that are prepared to go into a company that demands a high level of psychical accomplishment and technique, or are equally prepared to create their own projects or make their own work.

The dance students develop a familiarity with the present and prominent artists working in the field today in Europe and around the world. Contemporary dance is related to all performing and visual arts, music, composition and choreography.

International guest artists

International guest artists include Kirstie Simson, David Zambrano, Libby Farr, Janet Panetta, Luis Lara Malvacías, Lance Gries, Kitt Johnson, Iñaki Azpillaga, Alix Eynaudi, Barbara Mahler, Manuel Perez, Angels Margarit, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Bo Madvig, Katie Duck, Sara Gebran; Boaz Barkan, Lauren Potter, Gaby Agis, Ursula Robb, Jimena Paz, Kevin Cregan amongst many others.

Admission

Every second year in early spring auditions for the four-year dance education take place at The Danish National School of Performing Arts. There are no age requirements in order to apply and the school does not require a specific educational background or level of experience. But the competition is hard. Approximately 200 people apply for the 18 places offered at the school. For those who are offered a place in the school, studies begin mid-August 2013.

For information about admission procedures and how to apply for the programme find out more here.

The Contemporary Dance programme is primarily taught in English. However, the student can be expected to participate in joint activities with other students from the school once or twice a year, where Danish will be the primary language.

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. 

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

Autumn

Application date
May 01
Start date
Sep 01

CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE

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Dance Partnership

Dance Partnership

Master (2 years) of Dance Partnership, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 20600 EUR
Website http://scenekunstskolen.dk/en/dance-partnership-daf-0

Description

The Dance Partnership course at The Danish National School of Performing Arts is a 2-year postgraduate education for professional dancers and choreographers, who wish to combine artistic and pedagogic practice in order to implement and deliver participatory projects and teaching of a high level.

Career opportunities

The aim of the education is to give professional dancers artistic, pedagogic and practical tools and skills, which enable them to carry out creative dance projects in schools and other cultural institutions as well as create independent artistic projects where participation is a central component.   As with most artistic educations, many graduates work freelance and are employed on a project basis or create their own projects.

About the degree

Graduates from the Dance Partnership course are able to critically reflect on their own practice and to respond to and affect a society and an performing arts field that is constantly evolving. Taking their existing artistic interests as a starting point, the student develops their own distinct practice within the field of participation, teaching and dissemination. Practice based research is underpinned by a practical and theoretical foundation in creative dance, pedagogy and creative methods.    
The curriculum consists of classes and workshops taught by educators, artists and researchers from Denmark and abroad, combined with research periods where the student carries out self defined projects, for example during external placements, where the student plan and teach practical dance encounters and performance projects to specifik target groups.

The education is concluded with a substantial practical and written dissertation.   Collaboration with students from other specialisations and a focus on entrepreneurship prepares the student to successfully realise their own projects upon finishing the education. The close relationship between dance and music and its relevance as a dance pedagogical tool is also in focus, and some modules are delivered in collaboration with the education Musical Accompaniment for Dance.   The primary teaching language is English, but it is possible to hand in written assignments in Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.

Admission

The education is targeted towards professional dancers with minimum 2 years of documented professional experience and a BA in dance or equivalent. The application consists of a written application and an audition. Up to 7 students are accepted onto the course every second year.   Next application round takes place in Spring 2016 for enrolment in the academic year commencing Autumn 2016. Application deadline: April 1st 2016. Read more about the application procedure HERE (http://scenekunstskolen.dk/en/application-dance-partnership-programme-2016-daf)

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information
Further information about The Danish National School of Performing Arts and the Dance Partnership education can be found at: http://scenekunstskolen.dk/
Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://ufm.dk/en
You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition
 
About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System  






All applicants

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Aug 15

CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE

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Musical Accompaniment for Dance

Musical Accompaniment for Dance

Master (1 year) of Musical Accompaniment for Dance, 60 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Website http://scenekunstskolen.dk/en/musical-accompaniment-dance-programme

Description

The programme is targeted towards professional musicians or applicants with a conservatory music education wishing to specialise within this area. 

The education takes place in cooperation with The Royal Danish Music Conservatory which also takes care of teaching the subject areas; composition and musical history.

About the Degree

The programme is a part time study of two years. There is a certain degree of flexibility depending on the background and experience of the individual student. 

Depending on their backgrounds, the students follow several courses, some of which are obligatory. Some of these courses take place in collaboration with the Masters in Dance Partnership education. 

Most of the teaching takes place in the daily technique classes. The student begins by observing and consequently gathers and builds material which is tried and tested in the studio under the guidance of an experienced musician and the technique teacher. A distinction is made between the various techniques; improvisation, classical contemporary technique, ballet and newer techniques, all of them resulting in a final test, in order for the student to gain in depth insight into and experience within the various forms of relations between music and dance.

The Musical Accompaniment for Dance programme is primarily taught in English. However, the student can be expected to participate in joint activities with other students from the school once or twice a year, where Danish will be the primary language.

Admission

Every second year The Danish National School of Performing Arts offers admittance to 4-5 students for the Musical Accompaniment for Dance education. All new students are admitted based on an audition and in order to be invited, applicants must
  • hold a bachelor degree in music or equivalent and/or a minimum of two years of documented work experience as a professional musician and
  • play piano or percussion as main or secondary instrument.
  • play a piece of music of their own choice on their chosen instrument
Applicants who do not have these qualifications may apply for dispensation which will be granted if the individual applicant’s qualifications are considered equivalent to the formal qualifications stated above. There is no exemption from the audition itself.

For information about admission procedures and how to apply for the programme find out more here.

Tuition

Please notice, that all applicants must pay a fee of 500 DKR when applying for the Danish National School of performing Arts. The money covers part of the school’s expenses for the auditions. When applying online you will be redirected to a payment site.

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.


However, payment of tuition fees is not required if the students are applying for admission via an exchange agreement, have a permanent residence permit, a temporary residence permit with the possibility of achieving permanent residency, or have received a scholarship from the state.


For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://ufm.dk/en

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System





Spring | All applicants

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Aug 15

CENTRE FOR ACTING & DANCE

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