The School of Dance and Circus, known by its Swedish abbreviation, DOCH, was founded in 1963. In those days, there was one programme and ten students. Today, the university has about 200 students in many different fields and is an exciting place where students of advanced dance and circus artists are offered a venue for research.
DOCH’s History Year by Year
1963 The Institute of Choreography, “Koreografiska institutet” opens, offering a one-year programme in Choreography. The premises are located in the Blanche Gallery (now Sweden House) in Stockholm.
1964 A programme in Dance Pedagogy is established, later moved to Blasieholmstorg 8.
1965 The Choreography Programme and the Programme in Dance Pedagogy are extended to three years.
1966 The Mime Programme begins on a trial basis, made into an official educational programme in 1977, with Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts taking over in 1993.
1970 The school begins to be run by the state under the name The National School of Dance, “Statens dansskola” and moves to new premises in the Film House.
1978 The National School of Dance is reorganized as a university under a new name, the University Collage of Dance, “Danshögskolan”.
1985 The Board for Artistic Development, then known as the KU board, is established.
1987 The Education in Folk Dance is established.
1990 The University College of Dance moves to Sehlstedtsgatan.
1992 The first artistic professorship is established.
1993 The Education in Dance Therapy is established.
1994 Education for dancers startsin the form of a two-year further-training programme.
2001 The first PhD Candidate is admitted, in cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.
2005 A Contemporary Circus Programme on the first-cycle level begins on premises in Alby outside Stockholm.
2006 The English name is changed to "University of Dance" in connection with the move to Brinellvägen 58 at the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology, and a Dancer’s Programme on the first-cycle level is established.
2008 A Master Programme in Choreography is established.
2008 A PhD Programme in Choreography begins, in cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology and DOCH's two first PhD Candidates are admitted.
2010 The University of Dance changes its name to DOCH, the University of Dance and Circus, "Dans och Cirkushögskolan".
2011 A Master Programme in New Performative Practices, NPP, is established.
2011 A Teacher Education in Dance for Upper Secondary Education is established.
2012 A new circus hall is inaugurated on the campus to house the circus department.
2013 A Master Programme in Contemporary Dance Didactics is established.
2013 The first doctoral thesis by a PhD Candidate from DOCH and Stockholm University is defended.
2014 DOCH enters into Stockholm University of the Arts.