One-year course which introduces somatic movement and dance practices, and how to facilitate groups using a somatic approach. It also offers opportunities to explore how to integrate these practices into wider society. Our interest is to offer a somatic education to people engaged in diverse fields and to support them to integrate and make use of what they learn in their personal and working lives.
The education emphasises experiential learning, somatic methods, movement exploration and improvisation, creative process and art as a diverse cultural practice, self-knowledge and group process. Education is offered in the form of a mixture of regular classes, workshops and special projects.
The course is suitable for anyone interested in any of the following:
In selecting a group to study together for the year, we aim to bring together people with diverse backgrounds, skills, knowledge and different approaches to working.
Classes are taught in English. The education takes place at the Eastern Finland Sports Institute in Joensuu.
The year is divided into two semesters. The education is full-time with weekly morning classes, workshops and projects. An important theme throughout the whole year is how to balance individual and group needs.
The studies consist of group and individual processes.
In group studies, attendance is mandatory since a shared skill set is being built among the group and common understanding of these skills is necessary for the group process to proceed.
In individual studies, there is more flexibility around attendence.
Typical Study Week:
Workshops covering the following subjects:
Projects cover the following subjects:
Course information in more detail as a PDF
For further information please contact Elina Ikonen via email (see below). You might also consider taking one of our open courses or attending the summer school.
Duration & credits
Dance and somatics degree programme takes one year. In 2018 - 2019 the course will be organized between August 20nd 2018 and May 29th 2019. Duration: 1600h.
The application period continues till 9.5.2018. The selection process will be on Thu 7.6. 2018. Selection begins at 9 AM and it takes latest till 8 PM. You can apply for the course by filling in the application form and participating the selection. The place of selection at 9am dance classes will be in Kaltimontie 5, 80100 Joensuu. The interviews will be at ISLO main building at Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15, 80100 Joensuu.
Before the selection you can take our summer course (4.-6.6.2018) to become oriented and to get to know the teachers. The summer course is not a necessary condition for taking the selection.
Students are chosen based on selection workshop and interview. All the applicants are invited in the selection.
Reservations for special price 33€ in a double room: Finnhostel Joensuu: +358 50 408 4587
The fee for the year is 1710 euros which includes the teaching and study material. Students are entitled to apply for a student allowance in their home country, for which purpose ISLO will provide a certificate verifying their acceptance on the course.
Elina Ikonen +358 (0)50 372 7399 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EU-projects we participated:
LEAP: http://www.idocde.net/pages/56 – Learn, Exchange, Apply, Practice is a 2 year vocational project designed for contemporary dance teachers in Europe, to exchange and discuss relevant practices in teaching methodologies
IDOCDE: http://www.idocde.net/pages/55 International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education. www.idocde.net