3-Year Diploma Programme
The finest task of Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School is to support the international group of highly ambitious dancers who wish to develop their full potential, gain profound technical and artistic skills and knowlegde and attain a long and distinguished career as company- or freelance dancer and artist internationally.
This combination gives the students the opportunity to both immerse themselves in dance as a craft and to use Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School as a creative and network building point of departure for the future.
The goal of the 3-year Diploma Programme at CCDS is for the students to develop into highly skilled and aware dancers who can take full charge of their own development and handle their careers as professional dancers and artists for a long career in the future.
Structure of a typical week:
In a typical week (Monday-Friday) students are expected to work 4-6 hours per day and dedicate 2 hours per day for individual optimisation of their body potential, research, management and for self-studies. Some weeks are dedicated fully to a workshop or rehearsals, others are organised as classes. During periods of productions at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, performances and rehearsals can take place in evenings and weekends.
Every school year the students take part in several public productions. Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School collaborates with a number of choreographers, cultural institutions and organisations. Collaborators are for example choreographers such as Gustavo Ramirez Sansano (ES), Mauro Astolfi (IT), Christopher Around (SE) and Tamas Moricz (HU). To see more, please visit Teachers. Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School has performed at The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen Music Theater, Ministry of Culture, Royal Cast Collection, Østre Gasværk Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Nimb in Tivoli, The National Museum, The Cisterns as well as a long list of sight specific performances.
By the end of every semester (Winter and Summer) there will be an exam followed by individual feedback.
Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School is looking for dancers who have already achieved a solid technical experience in classical and contemporary dance and are ready to challenge themselves in order to develop their full potential.
To audition for the 3-year Diploma Programme is to audition for becoming part of an international ambitious team for 3 years. The first 2.5 year all the dancers support each other in developing their potential and skills to the fullest; through daily training, personal coaching and through performance periods. In the final semester, the dancers specialize through individual apprentice periods with choreographers and companies.
Please read about the audition and application process here.
The daily working language as well as all correspondence is in English.
We do not require any certificate confirming your language ability, but expect you to be able to follow instructions in English.
To obtain the final diploma students must pass the annual exams and pass the school year.
If absence exceeds 10%, a diploma will not be issued.
Subjects 1st and 2nd year
Performance practice; inc. work with choreographers & public performances
Personal Coaching & mentoring
Composition, including individual specialisation
Improvisation / Contact improvisation
Training Planning Injury Prevention supported by self-study of Anatomy & Physiology curriculum
Dance history and performance analysis
*The complementary workshops are mainly connected to the daily practical and physical work and supported by self-studies of curriculum.
Subjects and apprentice periode 3rd year
Apprentice periode (January – June)
Performance practice; incl. work with choreographers & public performances
Personal coaching & mentoring
Composition focused on solo work
Webpage creation & management incl. filming of choreographic work for audition
Improvisation / contact improvisation
The total education fee for the 3-year Diploma Programme 2020/2023 is 145,000 DKK to be paid in six instalments.
Students in the 3-year Diploma Programme 2017/20 and 2018/21 please refer to your acceptance letter for the terms of payment.
The first instalment of 20,000 DKK is due to be paid 2 weeks after acceptance.
The second instalment of 20,000 DKK is due to be paid May 25th 2020.
The third instalment of 17,000 DDK is to be paid November 25th 2020.
The fourth instalment of 40,000 DKK is due to be paid March 25th 2021.
The fifth instalment of 17,000 DDK is to be paid November 25th 2021.
The sixth instalment of 31,000 DKK is due to be paid March 25th 2022.
Do you not have a European passport?
CCDS is an independent institution. Under Danish regulation only students applying for a state school are eligible for student visa, and therefore student visa unfortunately does not apply to CCDS-students. However, Denmark has special agreements to selected countries regarding visa for long-term stays in Denmark. Please go to www.nyidanmark.dk/eng (“new in Denmark” – the official site for immigration to Denmark) to find information on what options applies to you depending on your home country. It is a very good idea to consult your local Danish embassy to help guide you.
Note that Visa application takes 2-3 months to process, and therefore we must have received your application to audition before the 1st of June in an audition period if you are a non-EU citizens.