Koreografi: Lise Tiller. Danser: Bjørk-Mynte Buchgraitz Paulse

Academy of Dance

The Academy of Dance was founded in 1979 as the National College of Ballet and Dance (Statens ballettskole). Since 1996 it has been part of Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), which brings students of different disciplines together to form a broad, international community of arts and artistic skills. The unique facilities at the National Academy of the Arts, including well-equipped stages and studios, mean that students at the Academy of Dance have excellent opportunities to develop in a state-of-the-art working environment.

The Academy of Dance offers Bachelor’s degree programmes in contemporary dance, jazz dance and classical ballet, Master’s programmes in dance and choreography, and a one-year practice-oriented teacher training course for dance teachers. Research fellows are affiliated with the Academy of Dance through its participation in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The various study programmes enable students to develop their potential as performing and creative artists, refining their skills, knowledge and critical abilities in the field of dance and choreography.

The teaching staff at the Academy of Dance represent extensive and varied artistic and educational experience. The department also engages nationally and internationally renowned guest teachers and artists.

The Academy of Dance has the ambition to be a leading institution in the field of professional dance training. Its study programmes lay the foundations for solid artistry and an expertise in dance and choreography that can be applied in a range of aesthetic and social contexts – both in Norway and internationally.

Excellent follow-up with regard to physical health and the prevention and treatment of injuries is ensured by the skills of the department’s own staff members and a cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Sports Medicine (NIMI).

Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Foto: Erika Hebbert

The programme is offered to students who seek to specialise in classical ballet. Students have the opportunity to develop their full potential in a motivating and healthy environment.

The curriculum builds the skills required to dance with international classical ballet companies. The central element of the curriculum is ballet classes, with a focus on older and more recent classical repertoire, pointe work, pas de deux and supplementary training. Courses are also given in choreographic studies, modern dance, physical health, career preparation and theoretical topics. The emphasis is on students acquiring a good understanding of both historical and contemporary ballet.

The ballet programme places major emphasis on the learning of parts and on performance work. The high quality studios and stages at the Academy of Dance allows students to work to professional standards. Participation in relevant ballet competitions is also possible.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision. A highly qualified staff, international guest teachers, and close cooperation with the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet 2 are all instrumental in achieving the department’s goal of training classical ballet dancers to high international standards.

This is a three-year full-time programme. It is open to young dancers who have completed lower secondary school and are at least fifteen years old.

Non-Norwegian speaking students must be fluent in English, both written and oral.

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Teachers: Tania Rodriguez, Josephine Jewkes, Tim Almaas, Zoltan Szolnoki and Jahn Magnus Johansen

Bachelor’s in contemporary dance

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work professionally as a dancer across the full breadth of the contemporary dance field.

Contemporary dance requires dancers who can enter into artistic processes with independence, creativity and a willingness to explore a range of idioms and issues.

The emphasis is on providing students with an articulated dance technique that is familiar with various practices and styles from the fields of contemporary dance, classical ballet and jazz dance. Choreographic studies, paired dance and theory are important for the development of knowledge about, and the capacity to reflect on, processual approaches, the development of ideas and aesthetic understanding.

The programme emphasises the acquisition of stage skills and extensive experience by means of regular performances in a variety of situations and spaces, and using a range of choreographic styles. Varied strategies for exploring the body and movement, and cooperation with experienced choreographers, familiarise students with the diversity of methods and approaches characteristic of contemporary dance.

The programme prepares the student to pursue a professional career as a freelance dance artist, as well as for engagements with relevant dance companies.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision.

This is a three-year full-time programme, and successful completion also qualifies the student for postgraduate studies in dance and choreography.

Bachelor's in jazz dance

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work professionally as a dancer across the full breadth of the jazz-dance field.

Jazz dance is characterised by its specific physical style and close relationship to rhythmic music. It requires students to acquire a high level of dance technique.

The emphasis is on providing students with an articulated dance technique through familiarisation with different styles of jazz dance and related forms, in addition to classical ballet and contemporary dance. Urban dance forms also have an important place alongside stage styles.

Choreographic studies, paired dance and theory are important for the development of knowledge about, and the capacity to reflect on, processual approaches, the history of dance and the understanding of styles.

The programme emphasises the acquisition of stage skills and extensive experience by means of regular performances using a variety of styles and forms – such as contemporary jazz, traditional jazz dance and musicals – and different types of stages. Students contribute to creative processes with a range of choreographers, learning to articulate the interaction between music, rhythm, dynamics and movement, and thereby developing important choreographic tools.

The programme prepares the student to pursue a professional career as a freelance dance artist, as well as for engagements in relevant dance companies and theatres.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision.

The facilities at the Academy of Dance provide excellent working conditions and professional standard stage experience.

This is a three-year full-time programme, and successful completion also qualifies the student for postgraduate studies in dance and choreography.

Master’s in choreography

The master’s programme in choreography is a two-year full-time programme. It builds on a broad understanding of choreography and is for students who wish to develop and deepen their artistic understanding through creative practices and critical reflections. The programme’s key subjects are: choreographic tools and methods, project work and performances, performance theory and philosophical aesthetics, and the master’s project.

The programme emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, artistic development in the tension field between tradition and innovation, and gives insight into assessing, planning, and realizing tasks and projects in collaboration with others. Choreographic issues are explored artistically as well as in a historical and social, national and international context.

Beginning in 2019, the study programme will be part of a choreographic platform together with the master’s programmes in choreography in Sweden (DOCH), Finland (TEAK) and Denmark (DASPA).

Subjects are addressed in various formats such as workshops and study tours, lectures and seminars, projects and performances. Teaching takes place in groups, individual tutorials, and through self-study – in continuous dialogue with teaching staff, other students, research fellows and guest teachers. Parts of the programme are in collaboration with the master's programme in dance and other study programmes across disciplines, both at KHiO and at other institutions.

The unique facilities at the Academy of Dance provide excellent working conditions and professional standard stage experience. Students also have access to a large library in the fields of performing arts and visual arts.

The programme offers methodical and professional skills in choreography, a national and international network, and experience in project management. Additionally, the programme prepares students for research and for applying to the PhD programme in Artistic Research and other relevant doctoral programmes.

Guest Teachers 2017-2019

Anne-Linn Akselsen, Knut Ove Arntzen, Saša Asentić, Pelle Ask, Eid Aziz, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Robert Berge, Olive Bieringa, Ingunn Bjørnsgaard, Petra Barghouthi, Eivind Buene, Jonathan Burrows, Linnea Bågander, Katarina Eriksson, Elizabeth Gmeiner, Tone Graver, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Julyen Hamilton, Kirsi Heimonen, Janne Friberg Horgen, Hannah Hurtzig, Mette Ingvartsen, Finn Iunker, Ina Christel Johannesen, Petri Kaverma, Ingunn G. Klepp, Jørgen Knudsen, Bjørn Kruse, Carle Lange, Christina Lindgren, Tor Lindstrand, Johanna S. Meyer, Andrew Morrison, Alain Platel, Nikolina Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Asbjørn Schaathun, Thomas Schubert, Elisabeth Svarstad, Atsushi Takenouchi, Mikkel B. Tin, Anu Vehviläinen, Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Kristine Karåla Øren, og Alan Øyen.

Core group of teachers 2019-2021

The master’s programme in choreography will be led by a group consisting of Head of Programme Per Roar in collaboration with Anne Grete Eriksen and Amanda Steggell.

In addition to national and international guest teachers, teachers from the Academy of Dance Bojana Cvejić, Snelle Hall, and Torunn Robstad, and the research fellows Brynjar Bandlien, Mette Edvardsen, Rosalind Goldberg and Janne-Camilla Lyster, will be engaged in the master's programme.

Specializations and interests

The core group of teachers has the following interests and area of specializations:

  • Movement development, choreographic composition and staging
  • Docudancing (choreography drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and documentary material)
  • Furtherfield Choreography (drawing on Urban Studies and Interaction Design)
  • Dance Dramaturgy and Performance Theory

Current Artistic Research projects

  • Amphibious Trilogies
  • Choreographic poetry: Creating literary scores for dance
  • Recurrences
  • Writings in space and time
  • Choreography as meaning-generating aggregate
  • Performative Time
  • Social Dramaturgy

Master’s in dance

Fra forestillingen "Av historisk grunn" på Dansens Hus oktober 2016. Dansere: masterstudenter i dans. Koreografi: Eivind Seljeseth, Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Helgebostad. Foto: Simen Dieserud Thornquist.

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an independent dance artist to high international standards.

By means of individual specialisation and teaching, the programme focuses on developing and stimulating the student’s unique artistic identity as a critical and creative performing dance artist.

The programme consists of performance work, workshops, dance training, lectures, analysis and individual tutorials, and is conducted in a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment. One of the aims is to equip students with experience that underpins their physical idiom with a foundation of theoretical reflection, enabling them to strive for and contribute to challenging artistic statements and new perspectives within the art of dance.

Through their work on this programme, students establish contacts with professional work environments in Norway and abroad.

The programme prepares the student to pursue and further develop a professional career as an independent freelance dance artist, as well as to seek engagements in relevant dance companies.

With an intake of just a few students each year, major emphasis is placed on close individual tutoring and supervision, and on adapting the programme’s content to individual needs.

This is a two-year full-time programme.

The programme entitles students to apply to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and other relevant doctoral programmes.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PPU) in Dance is a one-year course for dancers and choreographers who wish to work as dance teachers and instructors. The programme qualifies the student to teach in primary and secondary schools, adult education, folk high schools, cultural schools and private ballet schools. The PPU in dance provides in-depth knowledge of the teaching of classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz dance. Applicants with backgrounds in other forms of dance can also apply. The study includes 12-14 weeks of integrated supervised practical training.

“The PPU is fantastic for me – and the teachers are brilliant.” Read about two recent PPU students, Sindre Bjelland and Christine Nypan, and their experiences.

Educational theory deals with the science of teaching, education and development, providing knowledge and increased capacity for reflection on the role of the teacher in preparation for practice.

The curriculum covers:

  • Psychology: developmental psychology, relationships, communication, learning and motivation.
  • Philosophy: various justifications for and focal concerns of upbringing and education, ethics and value consciousness.
  • Sociology: society, culture, group processes and interaction.
  • Theory of education/teaching: the what, why and how of teaching – curricula and assessment work.

Subject-related teaching theory deals with different approaches to and perspectives on the teaching of various target groups in a range of learning contexts. Primary goals include gaining experience and feedback and collecting suitable material relevant to the planning, implementation and evaluation of lessons. Students will work with a wide variety of teachers.

Themes of the course include:

  • Play, creativity and imaginative work with children.
  • Interaction, improvisation and composition.
  • Basic dance techniques (classical ballet, jazz dance, modern/contemporary dance).
  • Dance teaching in depth: classical ballet, jazz dance, modern/contemporary dance.

In practice training students gain experience of different aspects of the teaching profession. Working together with practice supervisors, students receive instruction in how to plan, organise, implement and assess lessons in accordance with pedagogical and educational principles. The practice training is conducted with trial classes of different ages and is primarily/normally geared toward cultural schools/private ballet schools and secondary schools.

Entry requirements

Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Admission is based on auditions. General admission eligibility does not apply for this programme.

Applicants are ranked according to the results of the auditions. The entry criteria for this programme include completed lower secondary school and exceptional ability in classical ballet. The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on ballet dancers today.

The language of instruction is Norwegian, but arrangements can be made for students who speak only English. All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

 After deadline, qualified applicants will receive detailed information about the admission tests in a separate email.

Application deadline: 1 March 2019 (23:59 CET)
The application attachment for 2019 will be published two months before (application) deadline.

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Bachelor’s in jazz dance

Admission is based on auditions and general admission eligibility. General admission requirements can be waived for applicants who show exceptional dance skills at auditions, especially in jazz dance.

The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on professional dancers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Bachelor’s in contemporary dance

Admission is based on auditions and general admission eligibility. General admission requirements can be waived for applicants who show exceptional dance skills at auditions, especially in modern and contemporary dance.

The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on professional dancers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Master’s in choreography

The Master’s degree programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree in choreography or dance (180 ECTS) or other relevant education. Applicants must document a minimum of 80 ECTS within the field of choreography. Applicants must also document their choreographic practice.

Applicants with a lower content of dance-related or choreographic subjects in their degree may also apply for admission if they can document other relevant education and/or practice (i.e. prior learning and work experience) of a scope and level that may also qualify them for admission to the programme.

Applicants must document their proficiency in English, for example through a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 500 or an IELTS test with a minimum score of 5.0 (or similar documentation). Applicants who document an educational background from another Nordic country or from an English-language country do not need to submit further documentation of their proficiency in English.

The admission to the Master’s degree programme takes place in three phases:

  1. formal assessment of the application and the applicant’s competence
  2. artistic assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, on the basis of the artistic works cited in the application as well as the applicant’s written reflection
  3. an audition consisting of a mix of choreographic and written assignments, including an interview

Only applicants who are deemed to be qualified in phases 1 and 2 of the admission process will be invited to phase 3, the audition.

The admission process will be based on an overall assessment of the applicant in regard to:

  • choreographic expression, individuality and creativity
  • the ability to reflect on choreographic work
  • composition and improvisation skills
  • motivation
  • collaborative skills and personal suitability

When applying, you must submit the following:

1. a written reflection in English on your current artistic practice and context, where you describe
a) your background and current artistic practice and context
b) a choreographic field of interest and your motivation for wanting to explore this field
2. a video documentation with excerpts of your choreographic work (max around 15 minutes), to be uploaded on Vimeo (or similar service) with a link and, if necessary, a password.

On the basis of your application, you will be notified as to whether you will be called in for an audition.

The auditions will be held on 6–12 February 2019.

In advance of the audition, the invited applicants will be asked to prepare, among other things, a staged presentation of themselves (max 15 minutes) that will provide a glimpse into their artistic interests.

Further information will be provided directly to the applicants who are called in to the audition.

The final decision will take place following an overall assessment based on the admission requirements being met, your skills and suitability as a choreographer, your personal motivation, the documentation of your artistic practice and your audition.

The curriculum for the Master’s degree programme is currently being revised and will be finished by 2019. You will find a link to this curriculum in the general information on the programme.

The applicant must have a good knowledge of Norwegian and/or another Scandinavian language, and English.

Application deadline: 3 December 2018 (23:59 CET)

Read through the application procedure, and download the application attachment
Note that the attachment must be stored locally on your computer and then filled in by using the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Master’s in dance

The Master’s degree programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) in dance or other relevant education. Applicants must document a minimum of 80 ECTS in dance-related and performative subjects. Applicants with a lower content of dance-related or performative subjects in their degree may also apply for admission if they can document practice/ work experience that demonstrates they have attained a corresponding scope and level in regard to the programme.

In exceptional cases, other documented qualifications may be approved as wholly or partially equivalent to the educational requirements specified above.

Applicants must document their proficiency in English, for example through a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 500 or an IELTS test with a minimum score of 5.0 (or similar documentation). Applicants who document an educational background from another Nordic country or from an English-language country do not need to submit further documentation of their proficiency in English.

When applying, you must submit 1) a letter of motivation and 2) videos uploaded on Vimeo (or similar service) featuring your performances.
On the basis of your application, you will be notified as to whether you will be called in for an audition and interview.

In advance of the audition, the invited applicants will be asked to prepare a performative work (max 5 minutes) and to write a text in English.

Further information will be provided directly to the applicants who are called in to the audition.

The admission process will be based on an overall assessment of the applicant in regard to:

  • their description of and reflection on practising as an independent, artistic dancer
  • expressiveness, individuality and creativity within dance
  • technical skills within dance
  • motivation
  • personal suitability

The auditions will be held on 7–13 February 2019.

The final decision will take place following an overall assessment based on the admission requirements being met, your skills and suitability as a dancer, your personal motivation and your audition.

The curriculum for the Master’s degree programme is currently being revised and will be finished by 2019. You will find a link to this curriculum in the general information on the programme.

Application deadline: 3 December 2018 (23:59 CET)

Read through the application procedure, and download both the application attachment and the health information form.
Note that the attachment must be stored locally on your computer and then filled in by using the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Dance)

Application deadline: 1 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Student exchange

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.

Students

Note that the class lists are for the 2017/2018 academic year. The overview will be updated after the semester fee deadline has passed, and new class lists for the 2018/2019 academic year will be published at the end of September.

Staff