Scan Magazine, Issue 109, February 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Study in Denmark

Get to the next stage If you dream about standing on a stage, seeing the curtain go up and feeling the thrill of a live performance, Hoptrup Efterskole is the place to make your dream come true. Since the school was founded in 2006, Hoptrup Efterskole has been focusing on stage arts and crafts. However, the point is not just to teach the youngsters to “put on a show”, but also to further the personal growth that is required to do just that. Principal Ken Petersen explains: “We use the subjects as a lever for our students to get to the next stage. The experience of stepping onto a stage and saying ‘one, two three, here we go’ – that’s something that really brings about a shift.”

The school stages four major productions each year, including a large musical involving students from all subjects. The musical is viewed by audiences of more than 2,000 people. Among the school’s students are youngsters from all over Denmark and abroad. Many come set on pursuing a career as a dancer, stage technician or actor, and many have gone on to do so. Equally, however, the school is a popular playground for creative

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Hoptrup Efterskole

teenagers who just want to try out their dream, build new friendships, and explore different aspects of life. At the same time, everyone acquires a solid, academic foundation for the next stage – whatever or wherever that might be.

Facts: Subjects: Musical, theatre, dance, stage craft, music. Location: Hoptrup, Southern Jutland. Number of students: 92 Accommodation: Double rooms with dormitory bathrooms. Web:

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