Hello Hurja peeps!


Due to COVID-19, Hurja Piruetti has some exceptions in place for basic art education. For the period of 16th March of 13th April, we are switching from classroom teaching to distance learning. Furthermore, the annual spring shows at Tryckeriteatern as well as participation to competitions have been cancelled. We are currently looking to organising the shows during next autumn (dates TBC).


We will provide information regarding resuming classes in April or as soon as possible. Progress in dance studies will not be impacted by the current situation, and students will continue their studies according to the curriculum utilising online platforms and self-studying. During week 12, teachers have been in touch with students providing instructions and material for distance learning. Should you or your child not have received communication from the teacher, please get in touch with the respective teacher or drop an email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are monitoring government, Raseborg city and health officials’ instructions, and informing students and parents accordingly of any changes and updates.


Remember to also keep an eye on our social media platforms! During March and April, we will be posting tips on keeping healthy and moving, as well as sharing some of the distance learning progress from our students. Stay tuned!


Keep healthy, keep moving, keep dancing!



Hurja Piruetti staff



DANS JAM 1.3 at Tryckeri theatre i Karis at 5 pm

Welcome to to our international DanceJam-show. DanceJam show is based to  City of Dance-program´s dancers (from Sri Lanka), Afro-show av Edwin Mokayo, dancers own dances, and free jam on the stage. Free entry.

Western Uusimaa Dance Institute Hurja Piruetti receives international dance exchange students from Sri Lanka!

Hurja Piruetti is piloting a new exchange project, in the frame of which international dance students will get to know the Finnish basic education in the art of dance together with Hurja Piruetti’s teachers and students during the next two months. The project is carried out in Hurja Piruetti´s collaboration with Derana TV (Sri Lanka) and Lärkkulla Folk Academy (Raseborg, Finland).

The participating Sri Lankan dancers were chosen from City of Dance TV dance competition. Hurja Piruetti’s dancers will visit Sri Lanka as guests of Derana TV next autumn.

During their stay, the visiting young dancers get to know western dance art in the form of basic education in the arts. Basic education in the arts is a unique Finnish form of education. The curriculum followed at Western Uusimaa Dance Institute Hurja Piruetti is along the guidelines given by the Finnish National Agency for education, and has been approved by the local education and culture committee.

In addition to basic education in the arts, the culture exchange aims to form a firm collaboration with the local Lärkkulla Folk Academy. During daytime, the young guests will participate in English language classes at the academy, where they will also be accommodated. The dance education and projects will take place during the evenings.

”Lärkkulla has previous history of collaboration with Hurja Piruetti, mainly through its ‘Lärkkulla Musical’ course, but now also ‘Lärkkulla Languages’ is in the picture. We have observed Hurja Piruetti’s growth for a good while, and we are glad to be part of it. The Sri Lankan dance teachers will live, eat, and study English at Lärkkulla. We can teach them a lot, and we can learn a lot from them, too. Lärkkulla is and will always be interested in international collaboration. Previously, we have had some individual students from Sri Lanka, but never a group. This project is exciting and interesting also from Lärkkulla’s part.”

Juhani Jäntti, principal of Lärkkulla Folk Academy

The project’s goal is to produce a dance piece together with the young dancers. Hurja Piruetti’s own dancers and the visiting youth have been preparing the co-production since last autumn, rehearsing apart from each other. During the visit, the production will be made whole and the piece will be performed at Kajaani Dance Festival 31.1.-2.2.2020. Hurja Piruetti’s teachers Sathis Hettithantri and Katja Köngäs act as the directors of the project. Other participating parties are Derana TV’s producer Pathirannahalage Keerthi Nandana and Hurja Piruetti’s cinematographer Linus Westerlund.

”This is a fantastic and interesting continuation for Hurja Piruetti’s international journey. What makes this an especially great endeavour is the local collaboration with Lärkkulla Folk Academy, which provides a new kind of opportunity to combine language and dance studies. Basic education in arts does not only aim to study one form of art, instead, it should provide the youth with a possibility to an extensive expansion of cultural understanding. By watching, listening, experiencing and communicating. Via movement, if a common language is otherwise missing. Combining language, dance and communication has been a strong theme during the current academic year at Hurja Piruetti. Several school projects, dance-and-language projects and vast collaborations speak volumes about the local operators’ active and spry work in the culture scene. I think that here in Raseborg we are large-scale cultural busy bees”, Katja Köngäs, principal of Western Uusimaa Dance Institute Hurja Piruetti

Pic Maria Knaapinen


Would you like to start a new dance hobby? Or would you like to add classes to your own schedule? Welcome and dance with us again from 7th January 2020. We offer affordable dance classes from beginners to advance level in contemporary dance, ballet, dance hll reggae, hip hop, circur and popping classes. Register via  https://www.polkka.fi/hurjapiruetti  


Hurja Piruetti wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Hurja Piruetti is part of the international network and representing basic art education in dance and young dancers in this project together with young dancers from Listaskoli RO - Iceland.

"DanceMe UP is a project based on audience development via digital means which aims to build an international production-oriented network of ten innovative European organizations based in Italy, Germany, Finland, France and Iceland (plus one Associated Partner from Switzerland).
The word “UP” refers to the digital instrument of the APP of DanceMe which represents the important evolution of the web site danceme.org; DanceMe represents a virtual space where artists present their own research to the audience, discuss and  debate with each other by using texts, images, videos and music, helping the artists working with greater ease and more speed towards the creation of the final live performance. And to broaden UP the EU cultural scenario (“UP for Europe!”) deepening the levels of engagement between artists, cultural organizations and audiences in Europe both on line (by using the App) and off line (by specific workshops, the residencies and the live shows).

Partners involved:

Perypezye Urbane - Italy

Turku University of Applied Sciences - Finland

Hurja Piruetti - Finland

Listaskoli RO - Iceland

Synesthesies - France

Boris in Berlin GmbH - Germany

Mediagrammi e.V. - Germany

Associazione Wam! - Italy

Associazione Muxarte - Italy

Associazione C.I.M.D. - Italy


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Finnish National Agency of Education.