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Kyrklund, Sofi

Date of birth 10.2.1963
Profession Dancer
Dance Instructor
Choreographer
Country Finland
Training Pedagogical studies for dance artists, Professional Development, Theatre Academy of Finland, Continuing Education Centre 1996-1999; private dance schools 1980 onwards, e.g. Helsinki Dance Institute (tap dance, jazz dance, modern dance, classical ballet, break dance, floor barre, yoga); Kolmas Aalto Dance Studio, Helsinki; study trips abroad - Boston, New York, Paris, London, Herrängen, Stockholm, Vienna, Copenhagen, Apeldoorn.
Courses: Vienna Tap Dance Festival, 1999, 2000 (tap dance, Irish dance); Nordic Feis of Irish Dancing, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004; New York Tap Festival, 2001, 2002, 2003, teachers including Brenda Bufalino, Heather Cornell, Barbara Duffy, Chester Whitmore, Robert Audy; Manhattan Tap -intensive course (rhythm tap, music), Columbia University, New York 2002; several intensive courses in Finland (tap dance, jazz dance, Irish dance).
Work as a dancer Feet Beat Tap Concert (2013)
Kaiut (2006)
Resonanssi (2005)
Rhythm & Dance (2004)
Tapspiration (2005)
Other artistic work Work as a teacher:
Tanssitiimi Kirsti Nurmela, Turku; Lahti ballet school, Dance Studio Tuulensuu, Helsinki Dance Institute 1992 onwards, Lahti Dance Institute, Västra Nylands folkhögskola, Karjaa; Dance Department of the Turku Conservatory of Dance and Music; Vasa Arbis, Turku School of Arts and Communication, Lahti International Dance Camp, Irish stage dancing camp (ISIÖ), Närpiö 1999, 2000; Feet Beat Tap Festival, Karjaa, Helsinki, 1997 onwards; Kuopio Dance Festival 2001 (tap dance), 2002 (tap dance, Irish dance); 6th International Tap Dance workshop, Pineapple Dance Center, London 1998; Dance without borders project, Umeå 1999 (Irish dance); Swing and tap dance event, St. Petersburg 2002 (tap dance); Royal Dutch Tap Dance Human Rhythm Festival, Apeldoorn 2003 (tap dance); International Tap Dance Event in Riga (Stepa Dejas) 2006.
Work as a choreographer (tap dance, Irish dance):
Feet Beat Tap Ensemble; choreographies for students of private dance schools, e.g. Helsinki Dance Institute, Tanssitiimi Kirsti Nurmela;
Klockrike Teatern 1994 (tap dance duo number); Ragofonia, Turku Conservatory of Music and Dance 1995; Dames at Sea (musical), Intro Teatern, Porvoo rural commune 1995; Multivita TV commercial 1998, Irish stage dancing in Ostrobothnia (ISIÖ, touring show), 2000; a concert of Anneli Sari 2001 (Irish dance).
Work as a dancer (tap dance, Irish dance):
solo, duo and group numbers in several events in Finland and abroad (e.g. Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, France, The Netherlands, USA); improvisational performances to live music, Multivita TV commercial 1998; solo numbers at the Cultural Mix - Tap concert, Kiasma Theatre 2000; solo numbers at the Feet on Fire tap dance concert, Comedy Theatre Areena 2001; solo numbers at the City Beat tap dance concert, Comedy Theatre Areena 2002; Beat City/Feet Future, Gloria Cultural Arena 2003 - 2005, The Swedish Theatre in Helsinki 2006; concert of A Capella group Fork (Irirsh dance) 2006.
Work as an actor:
Dames at Sea (musical, Ruby), Intro Teatern, Porvoo rural commune 1995.
Artistic director of the International Feet Beat Tap Festival 1997 onwards (prev. American Masters Tap Seminar); artistic director of the Feet Beat Tap Ensemble.
Grants and awards Grants:
The Swedish Cultural Foundation 1991, 2001, 2005, 2006, six-months artistic grant 2004; Central Arts Council 1999, Arts Council of Uusimaa 2002.
Awards:
four honorary diplomas and two scholarships (choreographies for students of private dance schools), Tampere Tap Dance Competition 1995; honorary diploma in the Arktiset Askeleet dance event 1997 (work Mummot Rannalla), silver medal in the Tap Dance Competition in Paris 1988, honorary diploma in the Arktiset Askeleet dance event 1999 (work Legomania).
Other Information Other education: Diploma in Business and Administration, Svenska Handelsläroverket 1984, singing lessons at the Toimela Institute 1994-1995, private lessons 1999; course in clownering with Hérnan Gené at the Theatre Academy of Finland 1997, djembe courses in Helsinki with Aviv Ben Jehuda 2000-2001
Work in juries: National Young Culture event, tap, jazz and show dance categories, Vaasa 2004; Hämeenlinna Jazz Dance Competition 2005.