Dance

The Dance Course at West Finland College is aimed at people who are interested in developing themselves and their skills as dancers and choreographers.  During the course students can develop their abilities in dance technique, get knowledge about dance through theoretical studies and widen their knowledge of other professions related to dance. Through the course there are possibilities for further professional studies. Students can also spend a year studying dance even though they may not  want to continue as a professional in the future.

The course offers tools for professional studies in dance in Finland or abroad. The aim is to give young people a realistic picture of the work as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Students explore the art of dance diversely and get to meet the professionals of the art scene.

The course encourages young people to search their identity and develop their personality. It also encourages the students to  continue professional studies in dance and other studies related to dance.

West Finland College has long traditions in international cooperation. The dance course is collaborating with the Italian organization EventiDanza, directed by Gisella Zilembo. Italian students and guest teachers visit the school regularly. We are also cooperating with other courses in the school.

For more information about EventiDanza click here.

The duration of the course is nine months. Throughout the year we develop  technical dance skills in contemporary dance, ballet and jazz dance. During the autumn period the students prepare their own solo choreography. The academic year culminates in the final production that the students prepare during the spring period.

Contact teaching hours per week are 25, usually from Monday to Thursday. In addition, the students have homework and self study and training on Fridays and in the evenings. 

STUDY CONTENT

DANCE TECHNIQUES
Ballet
Contemporary dance
Jazz dance

SHORT COURSES
Show-dance
Street
Contemporary Finnish folk dance
Acrobatics
Contact improvisation
Short courses are arranged in collaboration with the students  and they can suggest the content.

EXPRESSION SKILLS
Improvisation
Theater and performing
Production work
Choreography workshops
Own solo choreography
Final production, group choreography
The basics of producing a dance performance

BODY CONDITIONING
Anatomy & physiology
Methods for body condition (eg. Pilates and deep stretching)
Nutritional knowledge

DANCE KNOWLEDGE
The history of western dance
Dance analysis
Dance today (school visits, performances, own plans)

PEDAGOGICAL STUDIES
Pedagogic and developmental psychology
Dance didactic studies

Academic year
28.08.2017 - 04.05.2018

Application period
01.01. – 18.08.2017

Costs
Course fees

Accommodation and meals
Life at the College

Head teacher
Heli Keskikallio
heli.keskikallio (at) lansisuomenopisto.fi

 

THE FOLLOWING PICTURE GALLERY SHOWS PHOTOS OF THE ANNUAL SUMMER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP WITH THE ITALIAN DANCE UMBRELLA ORGANISATION GISELLA ZILEMBO EVENTIDANZA