Be in charge of your dance career

– 11 Weeks Intensive Post-Graduate Programme for Contemporary Dancers and for Neo-Classical Dancers

25 Weeks Intensive Post-Graduate Programme for Contemporary Dancers and for Neo-Classical Dancers


The Programme is an individual specialisation and optimisation of your future professional dance career. The essence of the Post-Graduate Programme is personal coaching, audition preparation, networking, career guidance and targeting your technical and artistic skills for the specific job situations that you are planning for in the future.

This programme is specially designed for unquestionably dedicated dancers with high ambitions to expand their skills and boost their career opportunities.

With the Post-Graduate Programme you have the possibility to optimise your:

artistic and technical skills
webpage presenting you as an dance artist
solo for audition purpose
recording of solo work for audition purpose or any other application and PR purpose
recording of partnering work
concrete performance experience through showcases or performances
network through choreographers, dancers, teachers and producers
choreographic development either as individual or as artistic collaboration

Entry requirements

The programme is for professional and newly educated dancers in the fields of professional contemporary dance and neo-classical ballet dance.

The 11-weeks & 25 Weeks Postgraduate Programme is for dancers with backgrounds such as:

-dancers who recently finished their education and are looking for career guidance and solid audition preparation.

-dancers with a professional dance education from outside the EU and wishing to investigate in and audition for the European companies and choreographers.

-dancers with a ballet education who are wishing to specialize in contemporary dance in order to audition for neoclassical and contemporary companies.

Read more about the auditions and application process here.


Personal Coaching & Career Management
Webpage Creation
Composition focused on audition solo work
Audition Preparation
Contemporary Dance
Performance Practice
Repertoire & Partnering
Optimising Performance
Improvisation & Contact Improvisation


Programme periodes

Autumn 2021 (11 weeks): 27th of September – 17th of December (incl. Autumn break) – Full for 2021.
Winter 2022 (11 weeks): 10th of January – 1st of April (incl. Winter break).
Winter-Spring 2022 (25 weeks): 10th of January – 24th of June (incl. Winter and Easter break).*

An example of a typical schedule Monday – Friday:

Optimising Performance
Optimising Performance/ Personal Coaching & Career Management
Individual work

Teaching language

The daily working language is in English.


Dancers will receive a diploma at the end of the Post-Graduate Programme. If absence exceeds 10%, a diploma will not be issued.

Course fee

DKK 29,000 for 11-Weeks Programme (Autumn or Winter)
DKK 40,000 for 25-Weeks Programme (Autumn + Winter or Winter-Spring)
The programme is designed to make it possible to attend either one or two periods depending on your needs and plans.
If any questions about your options, please write

Dancers from the Post-Graduate Programme have continued their professional dance career at:

Staatsoper unter den Linden – Berlin (DE)
Maduixa Teatre (ES)
Bundeskunsthall – Bonn (DE)
OtraDanza – Valencia (ES)
Opening ceremony at Olympic Games
Pantera Chamber Ballet- Kazan (RU)
Theathre Pforzhiem (DE)

University of Choreography (part of faculty) – Kazan (RU)
Aarhus Teater – Aarhus (DK)
Edge – London (GB)
KHIO – Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Master programme) – Oslo (NO)
University of Choreography (part of faculty) – Kazan (RU)
Verve Dance Company – Leeds (GB)
Østre Gasværk Theatre – Copenhagen (DK)

Previous seasons the dancers have furthermore joined classes and workshops at The Royal Danish Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Corpus Dance Company at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Göteborgs Operans Danskompagni in Sweden, Carte Blanche in Norway & Norrdans and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden etc.

Rachel Laird (UK) was post-graduate student in Autumn 2018 and describes her time at CCDS:

My time at the Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School was more than I could have wished for. It was the perfect transition period, for me, after completing my BA (HONS) at Laban. The Post Graduate Diploma bridged the gap between being a full time dance student and shifting into a professional contemporary dancer. Space and time was given where we could discover what we wanted from the course and what specific avenues we, as individuals, wanted to go down. 

Working in the studio with a different professional artist every week constantly pushed us and challenged us not to be comfortable in one style but to be versatile and to be quick. It introduced me to artists working in the profession and allowed me to develop a personal working relationship with them. Artists I would not have met if not for this course and making the choice to move to Copenhagen for four months. Ballet every day really pushed me technically and having 5 different teachers allowed us to focus on different aspects of the same technique with each teacher whether that be performance, core stability, fluidity in arms or glute control. Luckily during my time at the school I was able to be involved in a restaging of a work originally created on Juilliard by Gustavo Ramirez. For two weeks the diploma and post become a company and collectively worked towards putting on a performance.

During my time at CCDS I was mentored by Lotte and Morten on a solo creation which was also professionally filmed on site and in the studio and had professional still shots taken. This allowed us each to concentrate on what work would best display our bodies, capabilities and styles and what work we wanted to produce in the future and take out into the dance scene. There was time also to create a quartet and duet work that was also filmed for personal use. Throughout my time I was supported on how to best prepare myself for auditions for example having website management and having my CV, cover letters and show reel reviewed. The school are so supportive and encouraging.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is in that transition period and wants concentrated time to focus on their physicality, technique, creativity and personal presence that they will take out to auditions or further into their own work.

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 (“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. This is only necessary if you wish to apply for 25-weeks programme. For the 11-weeks Postgraduate Programme you can stay in Denmark on 3-months holiday visa, and do not need to consider further visa application.


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