The education in Dance Partnership is a two-year graduate programme for professional practicing dancers and choreographers who wish to combine artistic and pedagogic practice with a view to develop and realise artistic projects in which the participants' physical, social and creatively established experiences are central.
The Danish National School of Performing Arts educates dance practitioners, who are reflective and artistically well founded. During the two-year programme the student develops his or her own distinctive practice within a self-defined field of interest. The student’s practice-based inquiries are supported by a foundation in creative dance and pedagogy.
The course of study alternates between classes and workshops taught by teachers, researchers and artists from Denmark and abroad, and periods in which the student carries out his or her self-defined inquiries within the field, including internships in which the student plans and implements dance projects with particular participant groups. The programme concludes with a substantial graduation project.
Collaborations with students from other fields of study and a module in entrepreneurship enables the student to conduct independent projects after graduation. The close interaction between music and dance and its potential as an educational tool is also in focus, and some modules are taught in collaboration with the programme in Musical Accompaniment for Dance.
The main teaching language is English, however it is possible to hand in written assignments in one of the Scandinavian languages.
The programme aims to let professional dancers and choreographers develop the artistic, educational and hands-on knowledge and skills needed in order to lead creative dance projects for instance in schools and other cultural institutions as well as create their own artistic projects where participation is a key element. Currently, there is a demand for skilled dance partnership graduates and job opportunities are good. As with most other artistic educations, dance practitioners mostly work freelance, and are hired on project basis or develop their own projects.
Up to 7 students will be admitted every second year. The entrance test for the programme is a written application (pre-qualification) and an audition. A passed study programme equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in dance as well as two years of documented professional experience is a requirement. Next round of auditions will take place primo 2018. The programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. Throughout the programme the student is expected to further develop his or her technical dance skills by partaking in technique classes at the Dance and Choreography education, equivalent to 15 ECTS credits. The education includes a number of practical placements, which are carried out in schools, upper secondary education and other cultural platforms.