Dancing Rehearsals & The Ball

Dancing is a wonderful part of the Conferment festivities!

Here you can find information about the dancing rehearsals and the festive ball event related to the Solemn Conferment.

Maa-ja Metsätiet.tdk promootio -08 / Promootitanssiaiset


During the Solemn Conferment Ball the following dances are performed:

  • Honorary guest polonaise
  • Doctorate polonaise
  • ’Contredanse française’ dance for master promovendus
  • Festive dances

Waltz follows every one of these dances.

The ball is started with the traditional dance; honorary guest polonaise. People such as promotor and honorary doctors participate in it. Then the the newly-confermed Doctors dance the Doctorate polonaise (note that everyone participating in the Doctor polonaise is required to be dressed in black). Polonaise dances are rehearsed during the dance rehearsals (see details below on this page).

Following the polonaise will be the ’Contredanse française’ dance for master promovendus. It is an aesthetically pleasing dance, and the aim is to form patterns on the dance floor. However, the dance in itself is not hard to learn.

Festive dances are next. Everyone can participate with the pairs that are collected to the dance cards during the evening (dance cards will be given when arriving to the Old Student House).

Festive dances are:

  • Pompadour
  • Pas d’Espagne
  • Valse Mignon
  • Cicapo
  • Grande Valse
  • As always, a waltz follows each and every one of these dances

After the dances, the evening continues with a light dinner and other small festivities. After midnight, it is time to take the statue tour!

Rehearsals for ’contredanse française’ for masters

People that plan to participate in the ’Contredanse française’ dance reherseals must register (binding) for reherseals before last registration day, which will be updated later on this page. This way it can be guaranteed that everyone will have a dancing pair during the rehearsals.

  • There are six rehearsals in total. Only one lesson can be skipped, and even then your partner has to participate and guide you both.
  • Please note that participating to the franseesi rehearsals is obligatory if you want to participate in the actual franseesi dances.
  • Participating to the general festive dance rehearsals is recommended to those who do no want to participate to the franseesi dance.

Kamppi sports centre

Monday May 23th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Maunula sports hall

Monday May 30th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday June 1st, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday June 6th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday June 8th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday June 13th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Rehearsals for general festive dances

People who do not participate in the ’Contredanse française’ dance reherseals (festive dances only) 

General festive dance rehearsals are held two separate times, and all of the festive dances are rehearsed during the both of them. In other words, it is possible to be present during both times or then pick only one of the rehearsals according to your own schedules.

Unisport Otaniemi, Multi-purpose hall, sector A

Thursday June 2nd, 6pm-9pm
Thursday June 9th, 6pm-9pm


The final rehearsal of the dances are held after dance rehearsals and before Conferment festivities. The final rehearsal is on Wednesday June 15th at Old Student House 4pm – 7pm. Things such as entrances, orders and exits are rehearsed during it. Also the honorary guest and Doctor dances are rehearsed (that are not rehearsed in any of the other rehearsals).