Apply to Dance Schools on Stage 2023
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Kuopio Dance Festival and Finnish Dance Schools Association STOPP ry invite dance schools to apply to perform at the 54th Kuopio Dance Festival.

Kuopio Dance Festival is the largest and most versatile annual contemporary dance event in Nordic countries. It is located in Kuopio city in the middle of the Finland. Next Kuopio Dance Festival dates are 14.-20.6.2023.

Dance Schools on Stage has been part of Kuopio Dance Festival since 2011. This is a great chance for dance students to be part of international dance festival program and for audience to to see versatility of dance education and enjoy wonderful performances of course.

Purpose of this event is to present dance education, so this is not a competition. We wish participants of different ages and different dance styles around Finland and Europe. This is good opportunity for students and teachers to network internationally.



You can apply under the following conditions:


  • Performers should be aged 7 years and up

  • No professional dancers

  • Group size min. 2 dancers


  • Free choice dance style

  • Duration max. 10 minutes

  • Flexible technical solutions (2–3 basic light situations)



Application period:

International dance schools 17.10.-30.11.2022

Finnish dance schools 15.12.2022 - 31.1.2023


International dance schools by 15.12.2022

Finnish dance schools by 15.2.2023


Applying via online form IN HERE



Groups to be chosen will be informed by 15.12.2022

Performing groups will be selected by festival artistic director Riku Lehtopolku and representative of Finnish Dance Schools Association STOPP ry

In the selections, attention is paid to e.g. to the following matters

  • the technical skills of the performers

  • expression

  • the skill of dancing in a group

  • musicality

  • courage

  • suitability of the presentation's difficulty level for the group

Selected groups

Kuopio Dance Festival will pay a travel grant for each performing group. Amount will be announced later.

Kuopio Dance festival will take care of marketing, media and general arrangements

Other expenses and arrangements will be covered by the schools / performing groups.

Apply funding for your costs from your country.


Every performing group will receive feedback right after performance from festival artistic director Riku Lehtopolku and representative of Finnish Dance Schools Association STOPP ry


See you in Kuopio Dance Festival!



Maija Parviainen, producer

te. +358 (0) 50 322 5220

Tanssioppilaitokset On Stage 2 16.6.22
Tanssioppilaitokset On Stage 3, 17.6.22

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