DOCH

School of Dance and Music part of Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden

Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) was inaugurated on January 1, 2014. DOCH, School of Dance and Circus, the University College of Opera, and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts have merged in order to create a leading international research milieu. The merger has created a more extended research platform that brings dance education, research and production in close proximity to circus, theatre, film and opera and a rich diversity of international, intellectual capital via its professors. This milieu develops in close dialogue with the surrounding artistic and cultural community, and shall constitute a dynamic driving force in the advancement of artistic knowledge, as well as promote the role of the arts in societal development.

Uniarts has four research profile areas: Concept and Composition, Public Engagements, Art, Technology/Materiality , Bodily and Vocal Practices. These profile areas drives to develop research in thematically organised areas. Each area creates an opening for critical and creative thinking about hierarchies, power relations, conventions and norms relating to creative processes, aesthetic and other values such as categorisation and stratification.

DOCH, Sweden’s highest seat of learning and research in the art of dance and circus, started in 1963 and has developed into a leading institution for artistic education. We offer top class education for circus artists, dancers, dance pedagogues and choreographers. We give those who already have a profession in dance or circus a chance to enhance their knowledge and we offer research education for artists.

Uniarts has a staff of about 200, some 90 employed teachers and about 440 students. DOCH has a staff of 75, some 100 lecturers including guest artists/teachers and about 200 students.

DOCH offers the following: Three Bachelor Programmes: in Dance Performance, in Circus and in Dance Pedagogy and three Master Programmes: in Choreography, in Contemporary Dance Didactics and in New Performative Practices. Furthermore, a Teacher Education Programme in Dance in Upper Secondary Education, several free-standing courses and open seminars in “DOCH´s Open Lectures”. DOCH, the Dance Pedagogy Department, educates pedagogues and teachers with a strong artistic and scientific identity. This includes skills and knowledge in dance training, theoretical approaches, improvisation and choreography. The students become dance pedagogues or dance teachers with the ability to develop new forms of work for instance within schools with a dance or aesthetic programme, dance academies for amateurs, preparatory dance training or professional training of dancers as well as instruction of professionals. During training a connection is made to the plurality of modern society. The students are hereby expected to be ready for a work place where they meet a need for training in the artistic forms of expression within dance for different groups through the whole life cycle.

The pedagogical programmes have a profile that focus on the development of new research, which is based in didactic questions and theories. They encompass a multitude of forms of teaching in, about, for and through dance as an art form. Another important part is pedagogy as a scientific subject and cooperation with researchers and educators from other universities, which contributes to strengthening the quality of education within this area. The studies give the students a chance to develop an independent, critical and reflective approach to working as a dance pedagogue.

Students graduating from the Dance Pedagogy Department enter a labor market in the area of Stockholm as well as in the whole of Sweden in which they position themselves teaching, dancing, choreographing and creating dance projects at our local and national partners such as for example Kulturskolan/ The School of the Arts, folk high schools, dance acadamies, nursery homes and schools.