Degree Programme in Dance BA

The bachelor’s degree programme in dance consists of three years’ intensive contact studies. The studies develop the student’s performance skills, independent and reflective artistic identity, and provide qualifications to work in diverse and changing contexts of dance art.

 

Studies

In the Degree Programme in Dance (BA, 180 crs) our objective is to educate dance artists whose professional skills develop from an understanding of dance as a cultural art practice in which body and mind, science and art, meet. The goal is that students perceive themselves as performers and artists in relation to discourses concerning broader humanity. The education prepares students to work in various roles and assignments in the field of dance as well as continue their studies to Master's Degree. 

 

Degree Requirements
During the studies, students develop both as performers and as creators of dance. They become qualified to create contemporary dance from the perspectives of both dancer and dance creator. They study choreography and composition and become acquainted with many forms of contemporary performance and methods for creating it.
Artistic projects
During their studies, the students of the BA in Dance create demos and performances in solo, but also in collaboration with other dance and choreography students. They also co-operate with students from other Theatre Academy degree programmes in creating artistic projects.

How to apply

In the BA programme in Dance, the language of instruction is Finnish. International students may apply to the programme as exchange students from other higher degree institutions. Deadlines for exchange applications are: 31 March (autumn term) and 1 October (spring term).


The residential MA programmes in Choreography and Dance Performance are open to international students. They take new students every other year, next time in 2019. Please see Admissions Guides for detailed information.

Teachers

Professor in Dance
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance

Visiting teachers

Visiting teachers

Visiting teachers and artist in the BA in Dance 2014-2017

Mikael Aaltonen, Otto Akkanen, Eeva Anttila, Hanna Brotherus, Giorgio Convertito, Lotta Emanuelsson, Cris af Enehielm, Stina Engström, Tuomas Fränti, Laura Frösen, Niko Hallikainen, Tomi Humalisto, Maria Ines Villasmil, Karin Jameson, Virpi Juntti, Anna Jussilainen, Leena Kalk, Aune Kallinen, Maria Kilpi, Mari Kätkä, Hanna Käyhkö, Ray Langenbach, Laura Lehtinen, Pia Lindy, Miika Luoto, Anne Makkonen, Jukka O. Miettinen, Kirsi Monni, Eeva Muilu, Marketta Murtomäki, Ulla-Mari Mäkelä, Mirva Mäkinen, Jussi Nousiainen, Susanna Nurminen, Fornier Ortiz, Liisa Pentti, Hanna Pohjola, Pilvi Porkola, Mary Prestidge, Linda Priha, Iiris Raipala, Janina Rajakangas, Satu Rekola, Susan Rethorst, Liisa Risu, Harriet Sevelius, Laura Sipilä, Ervi Sirén, Katri Soini, Jukka Tarvainen, Terhi Vaimala, Anita Valkeemäki, Raisa Vennamo, Olli Virtaperko

Students

Years 2014-2017

Aaltonen Noora
Hiltunen Johannes
Hytönen Tero
Koikkalainen Ella
Peura Marika
Pulkkinen Kalle
Purhonen Aino
Pönkä Saila
Rytövuori Salla
Sjöberg Pauliina
Sorvari Laura
Stenberg Anna
Suomalainen Jussi

Years 2016–2019

Akim Bakhtaoui
Nooa Kekoni
Suvi Kelloniemi
Siiri Kortelainen
Iiris Laakso
Elisa Lejeune
Janna Loukas
Kalle Lähde
Verna Nordlund
Jessica Piasecki
Sofia Raittinen
Kardo Shiwan
Sonja Simojoki
Veera Snellman

From previous courses: Sami Similä, Arttu Wäänänen

Graduates

The latest graduates of BA in Dance

Years 2012-2015

Alatupa Miika
Arppo Krista
Iduozee Ima
Kauhanen Karoliina
Keisanen Elisa
Koskinen Anni
Kupari Anna
López-Lehto Sebastian
Luomala Joonas
Markkula Outi
Naukkarinen Anne
Näkki Iiro
Pienmunne Justus
Poropudas Pinja
Purovaara Johannes
Tavi Katriina

Years 2010–2013

Autio Maria
Giordani Sanni              
Heiskanen Panu                    
Huhtakallio Soili                    
Karttunen Minna                    
Lindberg Veronika                    
Mikkola Tuomas                    
Mönkäre Hanna
Niiniketo, Viivi 
Rinnetmäki, Satu                                    
Siipola Sini                    
Tuovila Elisa   
Turpeinen Oskari

Alumni

Alumni

Alumni

In April 2010, the graduates of the Theatre Academy founded The Society for Alumni of the Theatre Academy. The aim of the society is to keep contacts among graduates, keep contacts to the Theatre Academy, support its aims and strengthen the position of performing arts. The society organises events, informs about the activities in the Theatre Academy and raises the public attention to the operation and development of the Theatre Academy.

The study programmes in dance and choreography and their alumni collaborate in various forms: the alumni may serve as mentors for students, visiting teachers, offering work experience for the students, auditing of the MA thesis... There's also collaboration within the field of production and performance, collaboration with the international guest teachers, information about the activities in Study Programmes in Dance e.g. demonstrations, performances, open lectures, international guests and the alumni meetings.

Mentoring

Current students may ask our alumni for mentoring them during their studies. Mentors go to see students' performances and demos and are available for dialogue concernig studies, artist's work etc. 

Open sources

In addition to bringing a variety of new performances every season, the Programmes in Dance (BA & MA) are active motors in public discussion in the dance field. They organize open lectures, the video documentations of which are available online. Part of Theatre Academy’s research studies on dance in the international publication series Kinesis are available online. The programmes also bring out newsletters for its intrerest groups.  

 

Kinesis Publications

Kinesis Publications

Kinesis is publication series for dance programmes at Theatre Academy. The publications can be bought at University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy’s Library (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki) or ordered at teak.kirjasto@uniarts.fi. Some of the Kinesis books are also available online.

List of Kinesis Publications

2017

  • Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo: Taideteossidonnaista koreografiaa museokontekstissa. ("Artwork Specific Choreography in a Museum Context"). Kinesis 7

2015

2014

 

2012

 

Contact information

Planning Officer
Jan-Peter Kaiku


Lecturer responsible of the programme
Soile Lahdenperä


Department Secretary
Rita Heino