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.
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.
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.
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
From previous courses: Sami Similä, Arttu Wäänänen
The latest graduates of BA in Dance
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.
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.
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. Some of the publications of the Kinesis publication serie of the Degree Programs of the Theatre Academy, are available on the Internet. Many of the doctoral theses are also available online at the Acta Senica publication's website. Other publications can be purchased from the Unigrafia webshop. The programmes also bring out newsletters for its intrerest groups.
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 from Unigrafia web shop at https://shop.unigrafia.fi. Some of the Kinesis books are also available online.
List of Kinesis Publications
- Laura Tuorila: Paikan baletti. Kokemuksellinen liike rakennetussa ympäristössä Kinesis 11
- Makkonen, Anne & Tenhula, Ari (ed.): Tarjoumia ja toimijuutta - kirjoituksia tanssijantyöstä Kinesis 10
- Liisa Pentti & Niko Hallikainen (ed.): Postmoderni tanssi Suomessa? Kinesis 9
- João Cerqueira da Silva Junior: Reflections on Improvisation, Choreography and Risk-Taking in Advanced Capitalism. Kinesis 8
- Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo: Taideteossidonnaista koreografiaa museokontekstissa. ("Artwork Specific Choreography in a Museum Context"). Kinesis 7
- Monni, Kirsi & Allsopp, Ric (eds.): Practicing Composition: Making Practice Texts, Dialogues and Documents 2011-2013 Kinesis 6
- Peeters, Jeroen: Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies. Kinesis 5
- Lehikoinen, Kai: Tanssi sanoiksi: Tanssianalyysin perusteita. Kinesis 4
- Lepecki, André: Tanssitaide ja liikkeen politiikka. Kinesis 3
- Rethorst, Susan A.: Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings. Kinesis 2
- Monni, Kirsi: Alexander-tekniikka ja Autenttinen liike-työskentely: Kaksi kehontietoisuuden harjoittamisen metodia Kinesis 1