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Koskiniemi, Merja

Date of birth 25.1.1964
Profession Dance Instructor
Choreographer
Country Finland
Email merja.koskiniemi@pp.inet.fi
Training Ballet Institute Birgitta Kiviniemi-Cheremeteff 1975 - 1985, Theatre Academy of Finland, Continuing Education Centre, Dance Teacher Education, professional diploma 1993 - 1996 (40 credits); Teachers Training Course, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Theatreschool 1995.
Courses: several courses in Finland and abroad, e.g. in Kuopio, Helsinki, Pori, Turku, Jyväskylä, Tampere, London, Amsterdam.
Choreographed Arjen vangit (1996)
Dance without words - kahdelle O:lle (1999)
ImagiNation (2000)
Late's latest dances (28.4.1999)
Rabbit Club (24.1.2002)
Other artistic work Work as a teacher: Ballet Institute Birgitta Kiviniemi-Cheremeteff, Tampere 1982 - 1986 (classical ballet, jazz dance, children's dance); Dance Studio Margit Carpelan 1983 - 1988 (classical ballet, jazz dance, children's dance), Pirkkala Open College 1984 - 1990 (jazz dance, classical ballet, tap dance), Ballet and Gymnastics School Glissade, Nokia 1989 - 1990 (jazz dance); Ballet School Hannele Suomalainen, Vammala 1987 - 1989, Tesoma 1989 - 1992 (classical ballet, jazz dance, tap dance); Orivesi Institute 1991 - 1992 (classical ballet), Ballet School Irmeli Lehtinen 1993 - 1994, 2000 (jazz dance); Ballet and Gymnastics School of Pirkkala 1994 - 1996 (jazz dance); dance department of the Turku Conservatory of Music and Dance 1998 (jazz dance); Tampere Conservatoire 1993 onwards, full-time teacher 2001 onwards (children's dance, contemporary dance for children, jazz dance);
Lahti International Dance Camp 1993 - 1996, 2002 (creative dance, jazz dance, stretching); jazz dance course in Lahti 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999; Worker's Institute of Nokia 1998 - 1999; courses in stage movement, theater expression and movement expression for amateur theater groups working in the Province of Häme 1992 onwards, for teachers and nursery school teachers 1992 onwards.
Other work as a choreographer:
student choreographies - Tehdään show 1988, Yhdessä 1988, Neiti Tuska 1991, Koululaisen uni 1992, Päivä Cotton-Cityssä 1993, Cartoons 1994, Japanise, Disney ja Cowboy series, in collaboration with the brass band of the Tampere Evangelical Lutheran congregation 1995; SalaPoliisit 1995, Sateinen katu 1996;
Choreographies for platforms and competitions - Art Event for Youth 1985, 1989, 1991; Choreography Competition of Pirkanmaa 1988, Jazz Dance Competition of Häme 1994, Tamara Rasmussen Jazz Dance Competition 1995, 1997, 1999; Jazz Dance 2001 competition;
The Top Girls dance duo 1989 - 1991, dance trio 1991 - 1993; Hakanit Oy hair style show 1993, the hair style shows of the Tampere Association of the Finnish Hairdresser's Union 1997, 1998, 1999;
choreographies for theatre - choreographer of the amateur theatre group of Pirkkala Open College 1986 - 1988; Kiljusten vallankumous, dir. Kari Selinheimo, work group "Kiljusten kamari" of children and youth of Kangasala 1992; Vain lihaa, dir. Raimo Lahdenmäki, Tampere Guerilla Theatre 1993; Lemmenkuja, dir. Kalevi Riihimäki, an amateur theatre performance at the Sata-Häme Soi event, Ikaalinen 1993; Momo, dir. Raimo Lahdenmäki, Tampere Guerilla Theatre 1994; Roberta Wood - Wiikwoodin iloiset siskot, dir. Raimo Lahdenmäki, Tampere Guerilla Theatre 1995.
Has worked as a jury member in several platforms and competitions for dance students.
Founder member of Just Jazz Dance Company 1996.
Grants and awards Grants: City of Tampere 1985, 1992, 1995, 1999; Arts Council of Häme 1988, 1991, 1996; Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 1995, Arts Council of Pirkanmaa 2001.
Awards: honorary diploma of the consultative committee for dance of Häme, Choreography competition of Pirkanmaa 1988.
Literature and articles Reports:
Marjatta Hassi, Niina Hakalahti, Merja Koskiniemi, Pekka Lampela. Lastenkulttuuriprojektin loppuraportti ja opetussuunnitelma. Series of Publications of the Arts Council of Häme. 1996:2.
Merja Koskiniemi, Marjo-Riitta Ventola. Pilottiseuranta teatteri-ilmaisun perusopetuksesta: "Olen tosin jäänyt kiinni teatterista. Se on mukavaa puuhaa". The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. 1997.
Other Information Other education: MA, University of Tampere, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and Arts 1996.
Other culture related work:
acting cultural secretary at the cultural office of Tampere 1989 - 1990; acting cultural secretary at the cultural office of Kangasala 1990 - 1991; regional artist in theatrical communication of the Province of Häme 1991 - 1996; cultural secretary of the municipality of Kangasala 1999; producer of the Just Jazz Dance Company 1996 onwards;
organizer in events and projects - Myrsky, children and youth amateur theatre meeting of the Province of Häme 1993; Muuttuvat roolit, amateur theatre meeting of the Province of Häme 1995; Jazz dance competition of the Province of Häme 1994, Tamara Rasmussen Jazz Dance Competition 1995, 1997; Jazz Dance 1999 Competition, Jazz Dance 2001 Competition, daCi - 7th Dance and Child International Congress, Kuopio 1997; Kulttuurikokeilu päiväkodeissa -project 1994 - 1995.
Positions of trust: chairman of the Perpetuum Mobile Association 1992 - 1993, secretary of the Tanssin Varhaiskasvattajat Association 1994 - 1997, founder member of the Jazz Dance of the Province of Häme 1995, founder member of the Just Jazz Support Association 1999, member of the planning committee of the contemporary dance's curriculum 1999 - 2000.
Lecturer at several seminars and courses about the basic education of the arts and about theatre and dance, held in the Province of Häme 1992 onwards.
Dance critic of the newspaper Aamulehti 2001 onwards.