- The professorship in dance education is an incredibly important recognition for the dance, dance education and dance work in school, says Professor Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren and continues.
- My vision is that all students will have access to dance as an art form at school in the same way that the students meet the literature, the music and the arts. I am looking forward to develop everything I have been able to achieve in the field of dance education and dance in school. I am eager to further develop and strengthen the area together with municipalities, schools, colleges, industry and the Ministry of Education and Culture, where the development work Dance and integration in schools and higher education is a priority area.
Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren sees it as a major breakthrough for dance education that she is now appointed professor.
- It feels absolutely amazing to be promoted to Professor of Dance Education on Artistic basis! It's a breakthrough for Dance in school in Sweden, and it is Norrbotten and Västerbotten that show the way. Through a professor of dance education at Luleå University of Technology, the area gains great recognition and strong legitimacy, says Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren.
The driving force behind Sweden's first dance teacher education
Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren received higher education in dance at the Opera Ballet School, London Contemporary Dance School and at the Ecole superieure de la danse classique in Cannes. Early the interest in dance education and choreography for children and adolescents was raised. In the late 1970s, Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren took dance education at the State Dance School, currently Dance and Circus School in Stockholm. Since 2008 she has been a senior lecturer at Luleå University of Technology, and is also the head of the Institute for Dance in the School.
Since 2003, Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren has been the driving force behind the development of Sweden's first dance teacher education at Luleå University of Technology with subjects such as dance performance, didactics, Dance knowledge, choreography for children and young people, as well as activity-based learning.
- From Luleå University of Technology, a completely new teacher category, the dance teacher, is being examined. 92 percent of the educated dance teachers from Luleå University of Technology in Piteå receive exciting jobs around the country directly after graduation, says Cecilia Björklund Dahlgren.