Pre-Education Programme for Contemporary Dancers – Closed for 2019/2020 and 2020/21

The 1-year Pre-Education Programme is put on pause for the year 2019/20 and 2020/21, and therefore not open for audition in 2019 and 2020.

Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School (CCDS) offers a 1-year professional Pre-Education Programme to a selected group of career-oriented contemporary dancers. The school’s Pre-Education Programme is aimed at dancers who wish to enrol in one of the leading professional higher contemporary dance educations in Europe.

The school focuses on personalized intensive training, coaching, solo work and audition preparation. The school has achieved a high stable success rate for students aiming to enrol in leading contemporary dance educations in Europe. The students from CCDS are typically accepted into the 1st year at contemporary dance education programmes but some students manage to become accepted directly at both 2nd and 3rd year of professional dance education programmes.

The students continue their education at schools such as Teaterschool Amsterdam, Artez in Arnheim, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, SNDO in Amsterdam, KHIO in Oslo, London Contemporary Dance School, SEAD in Salzburg, University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm,  and CODARTS in Rotterdam (see the full list under ”Students”).
Over the years, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School has established an extensive international network and collaborates with a long line of professional higher dance educations in Europe.

Academic content

•  Contemporary dance
•  Ballet for contemporary dancers
•  Improvisation
•  Composition with main focus on solo work
•  Repertoire
•  Partnering
•  Optimising performance
•  Coaching
•  Study- and career guidance

Teaching language

The daily lessons and correspondence is in English.

Educational form

Teaching takes place both in groups and individually but individual guidance and coaching, discussions and practical home assignments are also part of the programme.

Please note that we work from Monday-Friday. There are no classes on Saturdays and Sundays.


Professional goal

The goal of the Pre-Education Programme at CCDS is to optimize the physical abilities for each student in unison with an individual artistic expression. The build up of a high degree of independence and a great understanding of dance as a craft and profession is integrated as a central part of the education. Immersion in technical insight is established both through a somatic – and a more muscular and structural approach, which creates dancers who are both physically and mentally, prepared for acceptance into higher dance educations. Some students manage to go directly into jobs.

Exam & diploma

In order to pass the pre-education the students will be evaluated on the overall performance through out the year as well as the exam. The assessment of the year and the exam is weighted equally. If absence through out the year exceeds more than 10% a diploma will not be issued.
The subjects contemporary dance, ballet for contemporary dancers, composition, improvisation, partnering and repertoire are evaluated together through a open exam.
The exam will be assessed by the permanent faculty and by external examiners from the European dance environment.

At the end of the pre-education it is expected that the student has developed as a dancer to such a significantly degree that the skills match the international technical and artistic level for acceptance at a professional higher dance education. The exam is graded as passed or not passed. There is not a possibility of re-examination.

Course fee

35 weeks of teaching, to be paid in two installments
First installment: 37.000 DKK to be paid 3 weeks after the audition.
Second installment: 13.000 DKK to be paid December 1st in the school year.

Please note that international bank transactions make take several days. The fees must be at our disposal no later than by the given deadline.


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Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School - - +45 30 24 53 51

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