About the students
The students at CCDS is an international group, usually representing around 15 nationalities. The teaching language is English.
The international profile of the school provides a great network for students and alumni.
Thoughts from Diploma students
Greta Genovesi from Italy is a student on the 3-year Diploma Programme from 2017-2020
“I have spent one year in Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School. I found immediately nice people, great dancers, lovely friends and instructive teachers. I’ve grown up a lot as dancer and and as woman, thanks to the chance to improve myself everyday in the studio.”
“CCDS is like a big family that opens the doors of its house to everyone and everything: guest teachers, new students, opportunities, suggestions…
The atmosphere is really nice because you are surrounded by people hungry to learn as much as possible from the collegues and from teachers, who are also so creative and inspirational.
Teachers are so focused on their work, that creates new dancers, new artists and a new generation of great performers. I love the way they also leave space to you to reflect about yourself, about what and who you want to be. They spend so much time to listen to you, to hear what you want to say. This is such a good thing!
My goals after this education are to become a professional dancer, because I want to show the biggest part of my heart that during my studies has became full of love for dancing and because I can communicate who I am, what I love, what I want to do, but in a language made of movements.”
Thoughts from Pre-Education students
Lisa Marie Hennig-Olsen is from Norway and was a student in 2009-2010. She was accepted at Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010 and graduated in 2013
“For me, the year at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School was truly inspiring. It is a place where you, through opening up and broadening your view and perspective on dance, learn about yourself as a performer.”
“I believe that during the auditions for BA degrees (2010) the students from CCDS stood out from the crowd, due to the great practice of audition situations taught by Morten Innstrand and Lotte Sigh. It was a pleasing and tough year of hard work, resulting in great satisfaction of being accepted at several different dance schools/academies around Europe.
The atmosphere and class environment was incredibly joyful, with so many individual dancers and makers. I am happy to have made so many good friends, and I honestly thank Morten and Lotte for their support and belief in me to become a professional dancer.”
Isabel Slingerland was a student 2008/2009 and finished her bachelor from Northern school of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, England 2014:
“There is a very individual approach. That is something that I am grateful for. You don’t find that anywhere else.”
“Being in my third year of a BPA dance course now I feel I don’t have that much guidance from my school not as much as I had in CCDS. I felt my year in Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School was a great experience for me. I got to see different things, it opened my horizon and I learned how to work myself and how to look out for things. Also I got more confident that I can become a professional dancer, because I genuinely feel Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School believe in their students.”
You can get in touch with some of the former students at the school’s facebook page by clicking here.
Dancers from the Postgraduate Programme (since 2012) have continued their career at:
EDge – The postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School – London (GB)
KHIO – Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Master programme) – Oslo (NO)
OtraDanza – Valencia (ES)
Pantera Chamber Ballet- Kazan (RU)
Theathre Pforzhiem (DE)
University of Choreography (part of faculty) – Kazan (RU)
Verve Dance Company – Leeds (GB)
Østre Gasværk Theatre – Copenhagen (DK)
Students from the 3-year Diploma Programme (since 2016) have continued their career at:
First year will graduate in 2019.
Students from the Pre-Education Programme (since 2005) have been accepted at:
Amsterdam School of the Arts – Amsterdam (NL)
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (US)
University of Stavanger, BA in Contemporary Dance – Stavanger (NO)
Iceland Academy of the Arts – Reykjavik (IS)
Balett Akademien – Gothenburg (SE)
Balett Akademien – Stockholm (SE)
Contemporary Dance School – Hamburg (DE)
Dance Journey Programme ved Kibbutz Dance Company – Kibbutz Ga’aton (IL)
DOCH – School of Dance and Circus – Stockholm (SE)
London Contemporary Dance School – London (GB)
Iwanson – Munich (DE)
Manufacture, University of Performing Arts in Western Switzerland (CZ)
Northern School of Contemporary Dance – Leeds (GB)
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Artesis Plantijn – Antwerp (BE)
SEAD – Salzburg (AT)
Skolen for Samtidsdans – Oslo (NO)
The Department of Dance Studies – University of Malta (MA)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – London (GB)
University of Music and Dance Cologne (DE)
ACTS Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Paris – Paris (FR)
Alvin Ailyn, New York (US)
Universität der Künste, Berlin (DE)