Dance Performance (master’s programme)

Develop as an artist and performer with a personal voice in relation to the society and its changing views of art.

Photo: Sanni Siira

Why study here?

The Master’s Programme in Dance Performance is comprised of two years of full-time studies that develop your skills as a performer and as an independent and reflective artist. After graduating, you will have the preparedness to work in diverse and variable contexts of dance art. You will be able to develop as a solo performer and as an active member of an artistic team.

Content and objective of the programme

The core of the studies is versatile research in the practices of a performer in the frameworks of dance art and other similar art forms. Students complete thematic studies and artistic projects in dance art, contextual studies giving background to contemporary performance and dancer’s work, as well as individual studies. The thesis project consists of an artistic and a written component.

As a student, you will develop as a solo performer and as an active, reflective member of an artistic team. The studies will support your development as an artist and a performer with a personal voice in relation to the changing society and its changing views of art and humanity.

Collaborations and traineeships

The Master’s Programme in Dance Performance collaborates with other degree programmes at the Theatre Academy as well as with the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).  Students have a lot of freedom in their curriculum, allowing them to complete a traineeship in the professional dance sector, pursue studies of their own choosing or carry out personal projects. 


Our teachers are experienced experts in their field. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes top experts from both Finland and abroad as guests on a regular basis.

Visiting teachers and artists in the degree programme in 2015–2017

Maryam Abdulkarim, Annette Arlander, Isabel Gonzalez, Niko Hallikainen, Kirsi Heimonen, Karin Jameson, Tuuja Jänicke, Outi Järvinen, Ami Karvonen, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Mari Kätkä, Jennifer Lacey, Benoît Lachambre, Sonya Lindfors, Miika Luoto, Anne Makkonen, Jukka Miettinen, Mirva Mäkinen, Fornier Ortiz, Anne Pajunen, Jeroen Peeters, Elina Pirinen, Pilvi Porkola, Mary Prestige, Mimmu Rankanen, Päivi Saraste, Jaakko Simola, Katri Soini, Harriet Sevelius, Jarko Taivasmaa, Jukka Tarvainen, Kirsi Törmi, Emmi Venna, Raisa Vennamo, Heidi Väätänen, Jeremy Wade

Applying to the programme

The Master’s Programme in Dance Performance admits new students every two years. No admission in 2022. Next possible time to apply will be announced later.

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

A master’s degree gives eligibility to complete a Doctor of Arts (Dance) degree, for example, as a third-cycle degree. Doctoral studies in dance are offered by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).

Find out more

The degree programmes in dance (dance, dance performance, choreography) organise open lectures for the public, and the video recordings of the lectures are available for everyone. Some of the works published as part of the Theatre Academy’s Kinesis publication series can be read online. Many of the dissertations can also be read online as part of the Acta Scenica publication series. The publications are available for purchase at Unigrafia’s online store. The dance programmes also publish newsletters for their stakeholder groups and for anyone who’s interested in dance.

Read also the programmes’ blog (in Finnish and English).

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Dance Performance

  • master’s (2 years)

Target degree

Master of Arts (Dance)


Theatre Academy

Application languages

English, Finnish Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries. Read more about tuition fees.

Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2023. Studies begin in August 2023.


Eeva Muilu
Professor of Dance Performance

Max Catalogue: Students and alumni