Contemporary Dance Programme

The Dance education at The Danish National School of Performing Arts emphasises the artistic, technical, and critical perspective of dance and choreography.

Auditions for the dance education 2014/2015 have finished. 
The next auditions in 2016/2017 can be applied for in the Autumn of 2016.


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Auditions for the Dance education 2015


Application thursday den 15th januar 2015 12.00


by Rasmus Ölme, Head of Dance from 1st January 2015

The body is a fundament of existence and to engage in the question of its capacities, functionalities, and expressions, through an artistic practice, is a way to leave presumed oppositions between body and mind, theory and practice, thinking and doing. The education aims at graduating highly accomplished artists by deepening and developing physical and critical awareness. Each student’s singularity is prized and nourished at the SSKS. The school emphasizes a variety of backgrounds and ages amongst the intake and the education programme supports multidisciplinary work. To create a close relation to the professional field the students regularly meet practicing artists. In addition to the permanent faculty the school invites, from all over the world, a large range of guest teachers, choreographers and practitioners of the highest international standard, to work with the students, particularly in their third and fourth year. The programme questions the separation between dancer and choreographer and considers technique as something that one develops as one learns how to work – by working – instead of something one is taught in order to be able to work.


The education focuses on contemporary dance practices, along with ballet, improvisation, composition, contact-improvisation and martial arts. The student learns how to analyze work through a critical approach embedded in the physical work. Also music, physical theatre, voice, video and new media are included in the programme. 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. Through the collaboration with the acting department the programme includes work with voice, drama and physical theatre. Some pedagogy is also included in the education as we see this as an important skill for today’s graduating dancers.


The students should be able to apply their bodily awareness to all sorts of physical practices. The aim is for them to be able to engage in a large array of artistic works both in groups and individually, departing from perception of body and space and critical awareness. The programme provides the student with the possibility to graduate as creative artists prepared to go into a company that demands a high level of psychical accomplishment and technique, and equally prepared to produce their own work be it alone or collectively. The dance students develop a familiarity with the present and prominent artists working in the field today in Denmark, Europe and around the world. 


An integrated language policy for The Danish national school of Performing arts

The Danish National School of Performing Arts (SSKS) has a wish to hold a leading position within the education of performing arts - not alone in Denmark but also as an international recognised and leading performing arts school. In the school's strategy for internationalisation, the vision is to expand the school´s international cooperation, both through establishment of more cross-national partnership and through increased outgoing and ingoing mobility of SSKS´ own students as well as international students.
An integrated language policy should be seen as a prerequisite so that SSKS can meet the goals for internationalisation, which is established in the school's strategy for internationalisation, and thus meet the vision about a more international performing arts school in the future.

The layout of the language policy takes its basis in the current structure and substance of the education programmes, and it is within these settings that the language policy should contribute to strengthen the school's international environment.

Language requirements and education

The institution and education language on the Danish National School of Performing Arts is Danish, which, as a rule, will not be changed in the future.

The tuition in English occur on a number of the study programmes in the cases where the teacher is English speaking and/or where the international students are a majority. SSKS expects that both international and national students have a level in English, which makes it possible for them to understand tuition in English and to communicate in English at a sufficient level.

At the study programmes where the tuition is primarily in Danish, it will likewise be a demand to the international students that they can speak and understand Danish to be able to participate in the tuition. At the study programs where the tuition language is primarily English, the international students are encouraged to acquire Danish at a level, which makes participation in the school´s common activities possible.

SSKS does not offer independent Danish language classes. However, in the future the possibilities for Danish language classes for international students who take a full education programme at the school will be made available at the website. Furthermore, the international students will be informed about these possibilities at their arrival to the school.

The language requirements will be visualised at the school´s website and in the structure and content descriptions for the separate education programmes. At the website, it will show which language skills are required at the different programmes on SSKS.

As Danish is the official educational language, the examination and final projects will be in Danish. At the education programmes, where the international students are the majority, it is optional if the examination/ final projects will occur in English or Danish. It is especially the case at the programmes of Dance, Choreography, Dance Partnership and Musical Accompaniment for Dance.

Mutual COMMON activities

At the Danish National School of Performing Arts, it is essential that the students enter into mutual teamwork crisscross of the different areas within performing arts. Among other things through participation in inter-disciplinary workshops and projects. SSKS urges all students and staff to show understanding in the situations, where Danish and English are used alternately.
Furthermore, it is an aim to establish a practice to inform in English in Artistic Development Work (KUA) and the entrepreneurship lessons, which are obligatory for all students at SSKS.

At the many common activities at start of study, the school uses the ‘buddy function’ where the international students are assigned a ’buddy’, who can guide regarding practical questions and matters at the school. And at the same time take part in making the start of study, and the arrival to a new country and culture better for the international students.


SSKS will in the future work to strengthen the English communication at the school, and contribute to that the international students are integrated in academic and social connections.

Where the international students do not have access to information in English, it is always a possibility to contact the school staff or the international department for help and guidance,

The English website of SSKS informs about the structure and content and the auditions for the school's study programmes. The content at the website are continuously developed, and contain the information, which are important to international students who apply for audition at SSKS.

At joint meetings and at the school´s weekly Wednesday gathering both the teachers and the students will be urged to pass information in English.

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