Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School
Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School (CCDS) was launched in 2005 and is today proud to present two professional educations.
The finest task for CCDS is to support the dancers, who wish to live up to their full potential and have a long solid dance career. The school has an exceptional focus on the combination of ballet and contemporary dance as well as on the physical capability in relations to the artistic reflection. This combination enables the students to immerse them selves in dance as a craft but also to use the school as a creative set off for their future work within the performing arts.
Pre-education Programme for Contemporary Dancers
CCDS offers a 1-year Professional Pre-Education Programme to a selected group of career oriented contemporary dancers. The School’s Pre-Education Programme is aimed at dancers who wish to enrol in one of the leading professional higher contemporary dance educations in Europe.
The School works with personalized intensive training, coaching, solo work and audition preparation. The School has achieved a high stable success rate for students aiming to enrol in leading contemporary dance educations in Europe and CCDS recruits students for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year studies at these educations.
The students continue their education at amongst others Teaterschool Amsterdam, Artez in Arnheim, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, SNDO in Amsterdam, KHIO in Oslo, London Contemporary Dance School, SEAD in Salzburg, University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, CODARTS in Rotterdam (see the full list under ”Students”).
Over the years Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School has established an extensive international network and collaborates with a long line of professional higher dance educations in Europe.
• Contemporary Dance
• Ballet for contemporary dancers
• Composition with main focus on solo work
• Study- and career guidance
Teaching takes place both in groups and individually. Besides this there is individual guidance and coaching, discussions as well as practical home assignments.
The goal for the pre-education at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School is to optimize the physical abilities for each student in unison with an individual artistic expression. The build up of a high degree of independence and a great understanding of dance as a craft and profession is integrated as a central part of the education. Immersion in technical insight is established both through a somatic – and a more muscular and structural approach, which creates dancers who are both physically and mentally, prepared for acceptance into higher dance educations. Some students manage to go directly into jobs.
Exam & diploma
In order to pass the pre-education the students will be evaluated on the overall performance through out the year as well as the exam. The assessment of the year and the exam is weighted equally. If absence through out the year exceeds more than 10% a diploma will not be issued.
The subjects contemporary dance, ballet for contemporary dancers, composition, improvisation, partnering and repertoire are evaluated together through a open exam.
The exam will be assessed by the permanent faculty and by external examiners from the European dance environment.
At the end of the pre-education it is expected that the student has developed as a dancer to such a significantly degree that the skills match the international technical and artistic level for acceptance at a professional higher dance education. The exam is graded as passed or not passed. There is not a possibility of re-examination.
Post-graduate Programme for Classical Dancers
The Post-graduate Programme for Classical Dancers is aimed at a small selected group of graduated professional classical dancers wanting to specialize in contemporary dance.
The highest goal and intention of the school are that the dancers after their education at CCDS has the knowledge and experience for a long solid dance carrier, where they as independent artists are ready to be part of many different constellations with other art forms.
The education is for you who both can and want to be at the top of elite dancers, have the ambition to specialize further and optimize both your awareness of and scope within contemporary stage arts.
Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School offers you:
• a professional specialization
• a radically new way of thinking and moving
• concrete and practical tools applicable in various contexts
• A unique possibility for personal development through techniques, insight and feedback
If you utilize your resources to the fullest, the framework and content at CCDS will equip you for a long international dance carrier.
A professional classical ballet education.
The programme is aimed both at recently educated and experienced classical dancers.
• Contemporary Dance
• Composition concentrated around solo work
• Internship with a company or choreographer
• Career guidance
Exam & diploma
In order to pass the Post-graduate Programme the students will be evaluated on the overall performance through out the year as well as the exam. The assessment of the year and the exam is weighted equally. If absence through out the year exceeds more than 10% a diploma will not be issued.
The exam will be assessed by the permanent faculty and by external examiners from the European dance environment. The exam is graded as passed or not passed. There is not a possibility of re-examination.
Educational support (SU)
CCDS is at the moment applying for SU approval of the Post-graduate Programme for classical dancers. The management of CCDS has had a meeting with the Minister of Culture but the SU Board in unfortunately unable to give a timeframe for the decision.