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Our mission is to make dance accessible for everyone. We are targeting especially kids and youth from 7 years up, and we want to make sure everyone gets a change to develop themselves as dancers. and we make it happen by operating in several different locations and keeping our prices affordable. In Finland, Danceteam International operates mainly at primary and secondary schools as well as youth centres, to reach a wide variety of children and youth. Partner schools and other organisations get their very own dance teacher who will then provide inspiring dance classes as well as prepare Danceteamers for their first performance.
We nurture an international network of dancers with strong Danceteams in Finland, Tanzania, Germany, England, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and Poland with associates and affiliated organisations in many other countries. Having an international, intercultural mind-set is part of our DNA – and something we work hard on imparting on our pupils. That we come to you instead of you having to go to a dance studio is not the only aspect that makes us unique. Our network is truly international with English as the official language. The exchange between pupils from different member schools and countries is fostered as one of our founding principles.
We stay true to our values
Empowerment and opportunities for growth
One of Danceteam leading principles is to empower our dancers through dance and teamwork. We do this by maintaining a warm and supporting environment in all of our events, and encouraging our dancers to perform and take part in different projects and workshops throughout the year. We want to make sure that everybody has an equal chance to develop their skills as leaders and dancers. Through empowering our people, we grow future stars!
Our captains are the backbone of our organization. Like any team captain our captains are expected to put in the hours for their team – by working hard on both their dancing and their leadership skills. “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.” – L. Beethoven.
Our captains are expected to attend special advanced dance classes, workshops and prep classes that challenge them as well as providing tools to develop their dancing skills. In addition to this, captains receive training and support form the management team and instructors throughout the year. Our goal is to help a captain develop as a team player, dancer and leader. All our captains are expected to be or grow into leaders of our dance community. Our leadership programme provides the captains with the tools and a forum to develop their skills as leaders.
Junior Instructors' Program
We offer a path to become a Danceteam Instructor for those, who show the necessary commitment and motivation. Many of the captains are promoted to be junior instructors after their leadership and dance level has improved sufficiently. However, a young dancer can become a junior instructor without being a captain first, if he or she shows the motivation and skills required.
We provide junior instructors training program, to guide our young dancers though the process of becoming instructors and starting to teach their own team. In addition to training sessions together with all the junior instructors, management team members have one on one meetings and discussions with junior instructors and junior instructor candidates to provide support and guidance throughout the process. Having grown from within Danceteam, these new instructors know our values by heart and are committed to share the Danceteam spirit to their own students.
Free and supported classes
We work with several schools, youth centres and other partners to make sure everyone gets a chance to dance. Our long time partner Walter ry sponsors several weekly classes that are completely free of charge and some of our partner schools have decided to support their students by providing free of charge Danceteam classes at the the school in the afternoons. We also work in cooperation with Helsinki City, by being one of their partners in FunAction and NYT sports. Students attending FunAction and NYT classes are required to buy a FunAction or NYT card, for 25€ per season. The card can be used to all the different sports, wellbeing and dance classes under the FunAction and NYT programs. More info on the Helsinki City cooperation classes can be found here.
In addition to free and supported classes, we wish to support young and talented dancers with annual scholarships for selected students. The application period for the upcoming season is during July and August each year and decisions are made in August by the management team. 3-6 scholarships are given out per year and they can be used to all of Danceteam classes, including competition teams. Scholarships are given to students who
- are 12-20 years old
- have been part of Danceteam for at least a year
- are goal-oriented and train dance actively at least 3h per week
- show good example to other dancers in class, and bring positive vibe and motivation to the team
Collaboration schools and other partners
International school of Helsinki
Helsingin Rudolf Steiner koulu
Deutsche Schule Helsinki
Aleksis Kiven peruskoulu
Helsingin kaupunki (FunAction and NYT sports)
Helsingin kaupungin nuorisotoimi
Rekolan koulun vanhempainyhdistys
Workout classes and wellbeing days for companies
We believe that behind every organisation’s success, there is a great bunch of motivated and well being employees. We bring energetic group workout classes and fun dance classes to your company every week, and organise relaxing wellbeing days in cultural centre Sähinä in Lauttasaari. Let’s get together and plan a program that brings a smile to your employees face!
For more info and requests for an offer to firstname.lastname@example.org
“It has been wonderful to get a proper sweaty workout class after the work day and to focus only on myself!”
“If this dance class didn’t exist, I would probably not have started moving at all. So it’s also a win for the employer in a form of an energised employee!”
“The course has been exactly what I was looking for: learning to take care of my body, developing the control, stretching… The instructor is amazing and always takes our needs and wishes into account during the classes.”
“Happy, motivating and professional dance classes with a great attitude. These classes have given me so much positive energy for the spring season!”