University of Dance and Circus
The University of Dance and Circus (Swedish: Dans- och cirkushögskolan, DOCH) is a Swedish institution offering higher education in the fields of dance education, folk dance, dance, dance therapy, historical dance, choreography and contemporary circus. It operates under the Ministry of Education, and is the only independent university or university college of higher education for dance in Sweden. The school is fully funded by the Government and therefore has no tuition fees.
Its current name was adopted on January 1, 2010, and it was previously known as the University College of Dance (Danshögskolan).
The University of Dance and Circus's nouveau cirque program is the home of the circus school Cirkus Cirkör.[clarification needed] Attendance at the circus schools is awarded on the basis of live auditions held in Stockholm, with tests of physical strength, flexibility, endurance and theatrical skill. In addition each applicant is required to give a demonstration of their own performance specialty.
The program, headed by Ivar Heckscher, trains students in acrobatics, equilibristics, aerial technique, and juggling. In addition, each student receives advanced training in at least one discipline. The neocircus program includes theoretical studies to complement each student's personal artistic development.
Until 2007 no Americans had ever been accepted into the neocircus program. In June, 2007, American juggler Wes Peden became one of 16 students chosen—from 68 candidates, who were culled from 200 applicants.
- List of higher education institutions, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, accessed 2010-10-26. It is listed as a university college of art, but unlike the other university colleges its name is officially translated into English as "university".
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