On the edge of Bispebjerg Cemetery lies an old chapel and crematorium. Build in 1908, for almost a hundred years it was indeed functioning as such, but it was closed in the early 00’es and eventually repurposed as a space for community dancing. Since 2012 it has been one of the many cultural community spaces spread around Copenhagen.
Inside, you’ll find mirror walls, the right floors for dancing, and other modern additions, but you will also be amazed at how history shines through, carefully protected by architectural brilliance – especially the locker room in the basement is spectacular.
On the calendar, you’ll find closed classes for kids and youth but also plenty of other opportunities for moving your body or just enjoying a performance. Dansekapellet houses no less than 26 different dance and movement practices, and you can try many of them. Dancing under the dome in the big ellipse-shaped room or simply lying down for a sound bath is a wonderful way to spend your time. Depending on the event, expect to pay somewhere between 100-150 DKK. Just search the website or other ticket vendors (like Billetto) for events at Kuppelsalen, bring a bottle of water and off you go!
Dansekapellet is staffed Mon – Fri 09:00 – 15:00, but if you’re attending a class or an event, it’s open all day, all week. Check their website to be sure. It’s free to just go in to see the building.
Social dancing at an old crematorium might sound morbid, but it’s an experience I highly recommend.