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SPOTLIGHT: Sebastian Skov

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SPOTLIGHT: Sebastian Skov

He came, he saw, he conquered…

Our very own Sebastian Skov is one of a kind and we would like to let you know what he’s been up to lately, because we are incredibly proud of him. 

After finishing “West Side Story” here in Denmark, Sebastian decided to move to London to dive deeper into the commercial scene. And so he did! Since he came to London in November 2018, Sebastian has worked with following artists:

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Rita Ora, o2

Olly Murs
Ellie Goulding
Kaleo
P!nk
Anne Marie
Tom Jones, Jeniffer Hudson, Will.I.Am
Rita Ora
Saul Nash (London Fashion Week Mens)

About moving to London he says: “I’m always on the lookout for new challenges. Development is essential for me. If I feel like I’m standing still, I know it’s time to move on - and naturally my dreams get bigger and push me to do something about it. I realized London was the place for me 3 years ago, when I booked my first big gig, which was a tour with FKA twigs. We had 2 weeks of rehearsal in London and afterwards we performed in several different countries. The dream about moving to London started to take shape. However, I didn’t have the money to move there at the time, and I also felt like my home country still had some jobs in store that I would want to try. I spent 3 years saving money for my London dream, and I also got to do 2 tours with the Danish band Infernal as well as taking part in the musical “West Side Story”.

Now Sebastian’s London life is no longer a dream but a well deserved reality. However, he doesn’t spend all his time in London at the moment as he is touring with Rita Ora on the “Phoenix Tour”.

We are so proud of you, Sebastian, and we absolutely love following your journey! We are thankful for still having you with us in the studio to learn from you, when you are home to visit, but you also inspire us from afar.

Performing with P!nk at the 2019 Brit Awards

Performing with P!nk at the 2019 Brit Awards

For Saul Nash at London Fashion Week, Mens

For Saul Nash at London Fashion Week, Mens

Rita Ora, Poland

Rita Ora, Poland

Rita Ora, Poland

Rita Ora, Poland

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Drop dead entertainment with side-splitting acting and the coolest movers in Tivoli

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Drop dead entertainment with side-splitting acting and the coolest movers in Tivoli

It’s one hell of a ride and how we just love when former students from different years unite powers in productions like this…

Congratulations to our FOUR former students: Tone Reumert (2011/2012), Asta Gaardbo (2013/2014), Adam Tocuyo (2016/2017) & Frederik Levin (2017/2018) on booking “Terkel the Motherfårking Musical” in Tivoli. You are all both hilarious characters and stunning dancers at the same time. We love how you blend in and stand out with your faces covered in wigs and make-up but your movement will always be your tell - and thank you for that, we absolutely love what you do. 

Do yourself a favour and go see “Terkel the Motherfårking Musical”. If you are in Copenhagen make sure you catch them performing before they leave the city to go touring in Denmark. Otherwise you can find them in a city near you.

Asta. Here seen as her ensemble character, but she is also playing the role as “Rita”, where she has had stunt lessons in order to fulfill the very action packed role - and she is doing such a great job!

Asta. Here seen as her ensemble character, but she is also playing the role as “Rita”, where she has had stunt lessons in order to fulfill the very action packed role - and she is doing such a great job!

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Tone

Backstage photo: Adam, Tone, Frederik og Asta

Backstage photo: Adam, Tone, Frederik og Asta

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SCREAM by Tobias Ellehammer

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SCREAM by Tobias Ellehammer

He is courageous, dedicated, ambitious, insanely talented and always reaching for the stars. Tobias, your mindset and hard work never fails to impress us…

With the 11:20 minutes long dance video “Scream” Tobias finishes his project “The Jackson Trilogy”. With his previous videos “Burn It Up” & “Black or White” he had us all ecstatic and overwhelmed, and now this 3rd video seems to be completely out of this world and we’re about to burst. Thank you for always being invested in your dreams and setting a huge example for all of us. We are extremely proud of you!

This video also means a little extra to us, because a great number of people from Danseuddannelsen got to be a part of it - we’re always excited when former students get together. However, first one up is not a former student: owner and artistic director of Danseuddannelsen, Sara Gaardbo, got to work with Tobias on the project as costume designer and we are so thrilled that the two of you were finally able to join forces. Behind the scenes pictures from the trips to Iceland & Wales appear further down. Former student Maria Ipsen (2011/2012) assisted Sara with the costumes - amazing how this education also gets to inspire people to go in other directions with their creativity. Thank you Maria for giving a helping hand, when you yourself certainly have your hands full of projects.

Former student Sebastian Skov (2014/2015) appears in the video as one of the recurring dancers and we are so happy to see you being you in the univers that Tobias created. So much talent and knowledge in such a young dancer - so much respect goes out to you, Sebastian.

Furthermore, 10 gorgeous former students was a part of the video:

Behind the scenes shot with the 10 people named on the left.

Behind the scenes shot with the 10 people named on the left.

Adam Tocuyo (2016/2017)

Frederik Levin (2017/2018)

Nazanin Pourzal (2016/2017)

Martin Wulff (2016/2017)

Johanna Groth Østergaard (2016/2017)

Julie Fischer (2016/2017)

Sofie Holm Schultz (2016/2017)

Lea Simonsen (2016/2017)

Emma Sofie Nielsen (2016/2017)

Helene Høier (2015/2016)

Full credit list in Tobias’s video - watch it by clicking here!

Iceland, airplane wreck from the outside

Iceland, airplane wreck from the outside

Iceland, airplane wreck from the inside

Iceland, airplane wreck from the inside

Iceland

Iceland

Sara & Sebastian in between shooting on Iceland.

Sara & Sebastian in between shooting on Iceland.

Iceland

Iceland

Wales

Wales

Wales

Wales

Poster by:  Jamie Field

Poster by: Jamie Field

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We wish the best of luck to this power woman tonight

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We wish the best of luck to this power woman tonight

Premiering with Disney’s musical TARZAN… 

A massive congratulations, Ida, on booking Tarzan and thank you for being such a hard worker and always on your mark. We enjoy following your projects - which there are always plenty of - and we are so proud of you. Only 2 months ago you were doing your own work at Teater Momentum in collaboration with 2 other dancers in the piece “We Are Not Unique” and before that you were touring Denmark with the musical “Midt Om Natten.” We’ve surely got to watch our step if we want to keep up with your pace - and we love it. We admire you for being such a go-getter and we hope that you will enjoy your time in the rainforest :) 

You can go check out Fredericia Teater’s instagram for some cool rehearsal videos, where you can see Ida and the rest of the cast prepare for the jungle.


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We Are Not Unique, Teater Momentum

We Are Not Unique, Teater Momentum

We Are Not Unique, Teater Momentum

We Are Not Unique, Teater Momentum

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When going for (a) DETOUR

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When going for (a) DETOUR

San Boshi at Detour Urban Dance Festival…

Choreographed by Olivia Sol Anselmo and danced alongside former students Maria Gauger (2017/2018) and Asta Gaardbo (2013/2014) last week at Detour Urban Dance Festival.

Urban Detour Festival is an event created by Sara Jordan that each year brings new urban dance pieces to the stage and showcases different choreographers within urban dance. We are so proud of our two former students showing both feminine strength, vulnerability, and badass musicality all at once in this beautiful piece by Olivia.

We have seen Asta develop into such a strong dancer (and also choreographer) since she graduated Danseuddannelsen in 2014 and we can barely stop punching the air in excitement of this lady. Also we feel the need to give an extra round of applaus to Maria who graduated only 3 months ago and already is out and about in the dance community in search for more.

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100 shows down, 36 to go!

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100 shows down, 36 to go!

Cirkusrevyen 2018 with 3 of our former students in the cast... 

While most of us have been travelling, spending time in the sun, or enjoying a vacation in some other way our three former students; Helene Høier (2014/2015), Adam Tocuyo (2016/2017), and Lea Simonsen (2016/2017), have been working at Cirkusrevyen doing 8 shows a week every week since mid May. Today they can celebrate show number 100 - CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! :)

In Cirkusrevyen the dancers have 2 dance numbers created by René Vinther, where they are put into two very different environments and are challenged in both genre and moods. This is something that we know these three people are capable of, when they put their mind into it! But since Cirkusrevyen mainly consists of sketches making fun of today’s society, the dancers have to be willing to adapt into a lot of different roles and situations, which is not something everyone can do. We are so proud of the three of you for having booked this job where you most differently have to be versatile as well as disciplined (the number of shows is even enough to understand why). 

Keep up the good work, we are cheering for you.

 

Onstage photos by Henrik Petit

 

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Helene, Adam & Lea

Helene, Adam & Lea

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Now we are completely UNRAVELed

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Now we are completely UNRAVELed

AUDITION for 2018/2019 this Sunday the 17th of June.

Digesting impressions

Saturday we celebrated Danseuddannelsen’s 10 years anniversary with “UNRAVEL” - and what a day! We are still digesting all the impressions and experiences that came along with this day and we are overwhelmed with joy and pride to say the least. 

We are joyful and proud for unmentionably many reasons, but let’s try to explain a few…

 

From top to toe

UNRAVEL consisted of 5 pieces. The pieces were all very different from each other and each piece had their own unique features, but they all represented Danseuddannelsen from top to toe. All the dancers were either current or former students and the pieces were choreographed by Sara Gaardbo, Nana Kjær Regner (graduated 2013), Tobias  Ellehammer (graduated 2011) and Asta Gaardbo (graduated 2014). 

 

Bring it back

Our celebration day and the 5 pieces paints a clear picture of the education being self-sufficient and sustainable - wait, what… are we talking about climate changes now? No! :) What we mean by saying that we’re self-sufficient and sustainable is that Danseuddannelsen has grown to be one big eco-system of students being educated and then coming back to teach, to do projects, to develop material, and so much more, which we are incredibly happy about. Furthermore it is not a closed eco-system we have going on here; we also bring in teachers that has completely different background to add other amazing things to the education as well as the former students don’t only come back to us - they are both near and far, nationally and internationally. This is something that we cherish even more and what is one of our main goals on the education: to create dancers that are independent, courageous, diverse, adaptable, and innovative. To strive for all these things our graduates need to be disciplined and to “fly the nest”, and then we are thrilled to welcome you home, when you are back. 

 

Our contribution

We are exceptionally proud of the fact that we each year contribute to the dance community with new shooting stars that graduates Danseuddannelsen and immediately becomes a part of the professional dance scene. We are also happy about opening new doors and inspiring some of the students to continue their development and seek more training to continue working on their craft. 

Cheers to 10 years of guidance, mentorship, development and last but not least DANCE. 

A massive THANK YOU to everybody who has been a part of this journey, we could not have done it without you! 

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Introducing Bang & Olufsen with a familiar face

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Introducing Bang & Olufsen with a familiar face

"Roam. Explore. Ebb and flow. Be transformed. Make waves."

These are the words used by B&O introducing their Spring/Summer 2018 Collection - these words represented through movement by the beautiful dancers Adam Tocuyo & Olivia Sol Anselmo. We are indeed "transformed" watching these mesmerizing people, and we are also very proud of you, Adam. We love seeing you doing you in this elegant commercial that is combining beautiful sound with the soft and at the same time strong movement from the two of you.

Enjoy the commercial by clicking the link to B&O's website or facebookpage above, but also scroll down to check out more pictures of Adam. 

Dancers: Olivia Sol Anselmo & Adam Tocuyo
Composer: August Rosenbaum
Director of Photography: Jacob Møller
Editor: Anders Jon
Directed by: Jakob Kahlen
Stylist: Stephanie Gundelach
Hair / Make-Up: Lou Ditlevsen
Agency: Trouble / Bang & Olufsen

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Shooting the commercial took place close to Lisbon, Portugal. 

Shooting the commercial took place close to Lisbon, Portugal. 

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UNRAVEL guested by Tobias Ellehammer

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UNRAVEL guested by Tobias Ellehammer

Tobias will be choreographing a piece with former students and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10 years anniversary. 

Tobias graduated from Danseuddannelsen in 2011 and has since then been working professionally both as a dancer and a choreographer all over the world. We feel very lucky to have him and other former students joining us on this special night and being an extract of the many wonderful people and dancers, who have been educated from Danseuddannelsen throughout the years.

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Dancing our way to Copenhagen Fashionweek

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Dancing our way to Copenhagen Fashionweek

6 of our Danseuddannelsen family members were a part of the Elaine Hersby show at Copenhagen Fashionweek earlier this month…

How beautiful when everything unites in perfect harmony. 

Former student Nana Kjær Regner both danced in and choreographed this stunning show at D'angleterre, and we are paralyzed by your talent both on stage and as a choreographer - you are one of a kind.

Along with her she brought 7 beautiful dancers - 4 of them being either former or current students from Danseuddannelsen. Congratulations Naomi Matzeu Malchau, Maria Ipsen, Maria Juul Gauger, and Emilie Frost Ebstrup for a succesful show - you were shining on stage, and we are so very proud of you. 

Current student Frederik Levin showed another skillset being backstage sending the models on stage and being the calm in the chaos.

Scroll down to see some of the photos from the show.

 

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Maji Claire dancing in “The Book of Mormon” at Det Ny Teater

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Maji Claire dancing in “The Book of Mormon” at Det Ny Teater

A massive congratulations to this beautiful young lady, who is completely unstoppable…

Claire graduated from Danseuddannelsen in 2013 and she has had her hands on so many different aspects of dance since she “flew the nest” 5 years ago. To mention a few things: 

She performed in the hiphop version of “The Nutcracker” at Docken 

She is co-creater and part of the group “Disturbing Business” 

She toured with Infernal during their 2017 anniversary performance

And now she is currently working as “Sadaka” in The Book of Mormon - can you believe it? Congratulations Claire, we are so very proud of what you’ve accomplished, and we hope you will enjoy the next 4 months being in this production.

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Best dancer 2017

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Best dancer 2017

We are extremely proud of Adam Tucoyo...

Our former student, Adam, is nominated as “best dancer 2017” for his performance in “Gasgalla” at Østre Gasværk by CPHculture - only 6 months after he graduated from Danseuddannelsen, wow! We congratulate you on your recognition from the outer world, you deserve it! We cross our fingers until tomorrow, where the winner will be announced. Thank you, Adam, for being hardworking, ambitious and more than anything; humble! You are a true example to follow.

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