CODAPTEC was created in 1979, under the name of Dance Experimental Centre, It wasn't until 1987 that it received the status of Company.
CODAPTEC is formed by students from all the 7 Schools of the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), mostly from the Faculty of Human Kinetics (Sport Sciences; Dance, Ergonomics; and Special Education and Rehabilitation).
All choreographies are originally created by the Company, and characterised by a dynamic and liveliness which are adapted to the motor performance of those students, specialised in Human Kinetics.
The success of the choreographies reflect, not only the rhythmic and spatial structures of the Portuguese Folklore, but also, the motor ability and the artistic projection of dancers, joined by the music of the most popular musicians.
CODAPTEC requires that its dancers artistic performances include, besides the physical condition and aesthetic factors, the qualities necessary to a socio-cultural understanding and to acquire an university attitude, which, according to the statuary aims, allow them to deal with situations of academicals costume and of national and internacional interchanges
The Centre for the Development of the Folk Dance Company that integrates the Technical University of Lisbon through the Faculty of Human Kinetics, is an association With a cultural, pedagogical and scientifically character that aims at promoting actions to develop teaching and arts in the contexts of Dance and of Artistic Production
The group tries to impute to CODAPTEC a personal style, dynamic and innovative, that links conservation and divulgation of the cultural patrimony to the potentialities of artistic creation.
Collect and gather the Portuguese ethno choreographic patrimony
Register and classify the material derived from the ethno choreographic research
Contribute to the artistic development of the youth. through a pedagogical intervention
Promote the cultural and artistic interchanges between the universitarian community
Support training actions
Represent the Folk Dances through original performances
Understand choreographic studies of folkloristic inspiration, that underwent a scenic and choreographic treatment
CODAPTEC has already promoted a series of shows, difficult to register, on the following areas:
Among all CODAPTEC‘s international performances, there are countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Greece and Holland, where the Company represented Portugal at the 5th Youth International Dance Festival, organise by the government of Macao where they where they interpret Folk dances and also multi-cultural productions