Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt
Assistant Professor of Dance

Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt

Department: Department of Dance Pedagogy
E-mail: ami.skanbergdahlstedt@uniarts.se
Telephone number: +46 8 49 400 808

What subject do you teach at SKH and in which education?
I teach and direct the Master's program in Contemporary Dance Didactics.

Is there anything you would like to highlight within your area?
I think it is important to have both artistic and socio-cultural perspectives in dance methodologies. It is necessary to ask why a particular dance should be taught and to whom? For me, art is a space that is never static, it is constantly reformulated by those who participate. Therefore, we need to be self-critical and enable conversations about bodies, the history of dance and innovation.

What else do you think its important within your area and what do you do when you don't teach at SKH?
Since I am pursuing my doctoral studies in London, I see how non-Western dance techniques are integrated in the canon in a different way than in Sweden. There are new choreographies and new conversations out there to engage with - about identities and cultural symbols that have been globalized in dance. The term 'integrated dance' in the 1950s meant inviting non-white dancers to North American dance companies. Today the term concerns integrating more bodies in the art of dance. We have a historical heritage where dance has been a court culture with specific ideas about what beauty and art represents. The art of dance changes because it is in a conversation with its audience. I carry a passion for dance history and follow dance scholars such as Lena Hammergren, Stacey Prickett, Priya Srinivasan and Astrid von Rosen. I also want to help more people from Dance to get keys to research.

(Photo: Petrin)