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.
Since 1 January 2014, DOCH is a part of Stockholm University of the Arts. The University of Dance and Circus was previously known as the University College of Dance (Danshögskolan). Its current name was adopted on January 1, 2010.
Attendance at the circus school 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.
- 2006-2013 Efva Lilja
- 1996-2005 Kari Sylwan
- 1976-1996 Lena Malmsjö
- 1971-1976 Lilian Runestam
- 1963-1971 Bengt Häger
- 1963 Birgit Cullberg
- 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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