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Contemporary dance

Bachelor of Contemporary Dance, 240 ECTS
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Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Duration 4 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR


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.


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.


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.  


Application date
May 01
Start date
Sep 01