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 and 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 consists of freelance dance artists (dancers, teachers, choreographers), with backgrounds from different dance genres. The majortiy 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.
Different users and course acitivities
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, repertory 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 other aspects of freelancing, such as mental health, appplications and teaching methodologies.
All classes at PRODA are open for drop-in. Everyone should at all times be able to follow the classes at any given day, even if the class has been held for several days already. It is advised to avoid exercises or combinations that are too long. However, workshops that span over several days will have registered participants, meaning that the same group attend all the workshop classes. This way, the group will be able to go more in depth and more on the concepts and material of the workshop.
PRODA registers the number of participants in all classes and workshops, as a means of documenting our activites to funding bodies. Some participants forget to sign in, so it is imperative to us that all teachers count heads for each session, and the sign off on the paper in the reception.
Children at work
PRODA must be notified in advance if teachers must bring children to work. As a general rule, it is okay to bring children to work if the kindergarten / school is closed or similar. As a general rule, it is not possible to bring children to work every day. If there are major or special needs, we want a dialogue about this. The teacher is responsible for the child at all times and must be under the supervision of parents. The child must therefore be in the studio when the teaching takes place.
PRODA wants to facilitate that the role of parent and the role of artist can be combined, but must at the same time ensure that the classes are working in a sufficient way. The nature of the work is special and requires concentration for both teachers and participants. The presence of children in the room can to a greater or lesser extent affect concentration and focus. Therefore, in some cases it may not be compatible to bring children to work at PRODA.