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Modern and Contemporary Dance part 3

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Brief course description

The course should give students experience of movement material from both established techniques and innovative contemporary expression. Freedom of movement and expansion of the body's movement repertoire is crucial and the students work with dance qualities that are in contrast to the buoyancy and importance of alignment in classical ballet. Different forms of floor work lead to new movement experiences and the dynamic aspect of this dance form is vital.

The course’s learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student should:

  • be able to perform and master relevant forms of contemporary dance at a high level and be able to reflect on the relationship between technical dance training and the performance of repertoire and/or new choreography
  • be able to perform choreography with artistic expression, musicality and dynamics in view of contemporary dance's distinctive characteristics
  • be able to reflect on modern dance and contemporary dance as a method of expression and its relevance in relation to classical ballet

Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of teacher-led classes, coaching and independent study. Classes usually take place in groups and mainly consist of technical dance training. Seeing different performances is a central part of the work with contemporary dance.

Classes will be in groups of varying size and relate to the progress being made, by each group relative to the course’s learning objectives and according to each group's composition.

The coursework requirements are:

  • mandatory attendance and participation in classes
  • submission of all assignments
  • submission of the self-evaluation form and participation in assessment and development discussions


Coursework requirements must have been met for the student to receive a final assessment in the course.

During the course, the students work and development will be assessed in relation to the course's learning objectives. The course is assessed by the course teacher

The course is assessed by the awarding of either a pass or a fail grade.