PRODA offers classes for professional dance artists in Norway. The foundation receives public funding, and is a contributor to the development of greater working conditions and overall livelihood for artists across Norway. 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’s participants consist of freelance dance artists (dancers, teachers, choreographers), with backgrounds from different dance genres. The majority work within the fields of contemporary, jazz and theatre dance. It is important that teachers at PRODA consider the overall group when planning classes and workshops. This is particularly important in classical ballet. Previous participant surveys have shown that classes that classes that were considered to provide transferrable value across dance styles, scored significantly higher. Professional dancers visiting from abroad, or working on projects in Norway, are welcome to attend the classes. See proda.no/adgang for more information regarding this.
Different users and course activities
Traditionally, PRODA’s classes have been intended as a warm-up for dancers before they move on to rehearsals, performances, auditions or other jobs in dance. PRODA is also used by dancers in between jobs wishing to maintain their technique or develop their artistry further. Previous surveys show that the dancers prefer practice sharing, rather than the idea of schooling in the teaching. Feedback is of course welcome as a means of sharing perspectives and information about exercises or overall objectives of the class/workshop.
Since 2018, PRODA’s activities have grown more diverse. Beyond offering classes in different dance styles, workshops have been implemented to incorporate different means of professional development as a dance artists. In Oslo, workshops are cateogrized into three strands: in process, reperto ry and choreography. The workshops aim to deepen skills and explore different mean sof creating and performing dance. Alongside workshops, PRODA regularly collaborate with organisations, festivals and other institutions to offer seminars that cater to oth er aspects of freelancing, such as mental health, appplications and teaching methodologies.
How to get to PRODA and Rom for Dans:
No. 5 – stop: Carl Berners Plass
No. 11,12,18 – stop: Birkelunden
No. 17 – stop: Carl Berners Plass
No. 20,21 – stop: Københavngata
No. 31 – stop: Carl Berners plass
No. 30 – stop: Dælenenga