PRODA profesjonell dansetrening was established in 1988 following the initiative of Norske Dansekunstnere, the union for dancers, choreographers og dance pedagogues. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Culture as part of improving greater working conditions and overall livelihood for dance artists.
PRODA offers classes in different dance styles and workshops for professional dancers in Norway.
PRODA is an important part of the infrastructure in the dance field. PRODA offers professional development and functions as resource centers and meeting places around the country.
The foundation receives public funding from the gouvernment and varying fundings from municipalities and county municipalities.
The criteria for admission is to have a 3 year higher education in dance and/or years of professional experience.
PRODA is a nationwide foundation, with nine regional branches: Vestlandet, Rogaland, Agder, Østfold, Innlandet, Sør-Trøndelag, Nord-Trøndelag, Nord-Norge and Oslo. The eight regional branches are run by local organisations who receive economic and administrative support from the main office, which is located in Oslo. PRODA Oslo arranges daily morning classes throughout the year. In addition, PRODA regularly collaborate with organisations, festivals and other institutions to offer seminars that cater to other aspects of freelancing, such as mental health, appplications and teaching methodologies. Skuespiller- og danseralliansen is a regular partner. It is estimated that around 75% of the dance artists live and work in the capital, where PRODA has its main office. In the regions, PRODA offers are organized weekly and/or as seminars, often in collaboration with festivals, education, theatres, dance studios etc.
PRODA is a foundation and the board is head of the organization and is run by the adminstration in Oslo, and in the different regional departments.