Monique Skavlan Sunderland

Monique Skavlan Sunderland is a professor of modern dance based in Oslo.

Monique Skavlan Sunderland is a Bachelor of Law, and she studied Dance Education at Egon Weng’s Ballet School and The Norwegian National Ballet School. She has further studied at a number of international schools in Paris, London and New York among others. She is professor of modern dance at the Oslo Academy of the Arts where she is teaching (since 1979) and programming the BA- Contemporary Dance Course (since 2004). This includes curating the Dance Program’s performances three times a year.

Her teaching is influenced by the Martha Graham technique, emphasizing physicality and artistic skills with a particular focus on music and dynamics. She constantly aims to make the technique relevant for the dancers of today. For a long period she taught teaching methods at the Teacher’s Educating Program. She has choreographed for the Dance Department performances. During more than three decades she has been a member of the audition jury. Her research work include a variety of publications such as Modern Dance I, II and III in addition to editing CD’s for modern dance classes in cooperation with musicians and composers. Her current artistic research about “Egon Weng, dancer, choreographer and dance teacher” will be published during 2014. She has been member of several expert committees evaluating artistic competence and she has been selected as an expert in dance connected to the evaluation of artistic educations in Sweden.

Monique Skavlan Sunderland is a former member of the Board of Oslo Academy of the Arts (Statens Balletthøgskole/Scenekunstfakultetet), The Norwegian Touring Theater (Riksteatret) and at present she is a substitute member of the Board of Norwegian/Finnish Culture Fund (Norsk/Finsk Kulturfond). Since 1994 she has run her own ballet school. She has received many scholarships and grants.