Dance as a part of everyday
life at school
- How to turn a project into a permanent practice
An elementary school in Turku, a city of 176 000 people in
In the 90`s special classes for physical education and for
drama. Today emphazis for p.e., health and dance.
It started as a project…
”Children, young people
and dance in the Nordic
Sweden (Cecilia Dahlgren),
Finland (Eeva Anttila),
Norway, Denmark and
Schools teaching dance as
Meetings and come-
togethers, a network.
In Pääskyvuori school all
pupils participated in
…but turned into everyday practise
School`s own funding and resources.
Dance in curriculum.
Dance periods for all pupils twice a year
Children can choose extra danceclasses
in classes 5-6.
Dance appears in school´s special days
Visitors from outside of school.
Intergration, co-operation inside the
Performing inside and outside of the
Children watching professional
performances inside and outside of
Danceteacher / classteacher works at
school every day.
A mutual committment inside the school.
Dance as a means and as a
considering body and mind
as one entirety.
”I dance, we dance, the
To create dance and to see
dance & talk about it.
Creativity, based on the
elements of dance.
Evaluation based on the
experiance of the pupil and
it´s meaning to the child.
Benefits of practise vs. project
- The teacher can start where he/she
left the previous year.
- Development in skills, creativity,
expression and attitude takes time.
- Pupils see dance naturally as an
- Curriculum based on constructing
on what you already have learned.
-The teacher gets to know all the
classes and pupils.
- The teacher gets to develope his /
her own teaching.
- The children, the danceteacher,
The keypoints that made this happen
The Nordic project in the beginning.
Choosing the right school.
Danceteacher working inside the
school every day.
Co-operation between the whole staff
Danceteaching is compulsory, regular
Keeping it in mind: making dance
visible in everyday life at school.
Keeping it alive: developing the
curriculum and teaching constantly.
Challenges in the future
The lack of resources.
Keeping it alive and kicking.
Balancing between the needs
of the boys and the girls.
Nationwide: expand dance as
an artform to other schools:
-Networks between schools
- Dance inside of the school
structures: not as an
exeption but as a permanent
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Pictures: Lassi Nirhamo