The Alma Mater Dance Academy is the only accredited tertiary institution in Slovenia that offers a valid first Bologna (BA) degree in contemporary dance and ballet education.
The programmes are performed separately with joint classes of theoretical and non-specific subjects. Professors are esteemed and acclaimed international dance educators and pedagogues. The diploma acquired at the Dance Academy offers skills and competences for a successful career in dance as choreographers and dance/ballet teachers. After this BA degree, students can continue their studies to the MA level in artistic and other programmes throughout the world. The duration of the study programmes is 3 years with a total of 180 ECTS credits and the acquired title is graduated dancer/choreographer. The tuition fee is 3.800,00 Euros per year.
Vesna Bajić Stojiljković (1979) is an ethnomusicologist, ethnochoreologist, choreographer, musician, and teacher of folklore dance and music of Balkan nations. She finished her Master’s study of ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (2006), where she is also finishing her doctoral study. She is a member of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) and their sub-group for ethnochoreology (Study Group on Ethnochoreology) and Study Group on Music and Dance in South-eastern Europe. Since 2011, she has also been a member of international organisation called Kinetography Laban/Labanotation (ICKL) and the ethnomusicologic association Folk Slovenia in Ljubljana.
BASICS OF CHOREOLOGY
In Basics of Choreology, we will focus on the development of dance science, mostly on the development of dance writing, and later learn the basic elements of writing down dance according to Laban’s system and choreography records, which students will be able to use in their work. Students will learn about key personalities in the dance science development. They will also learn about the elements of structural-formal dance and choreography analysis, and use this method in different dance/choreography analyses.
Study at the Dance Academy is active. The programme is based on dance classes of selected dance orientation (modern dance, jazz dance, standard and Latin dance, and social dance) where dancers are trained in creativity and expressiveness, dance techniques, and understanding and controlling their bodies and space. They also acquire the required professional and practical knowledge for physical preparation of dancers, preventive medicine, physiology, music, ballet, psychology and pedagogy, acting and music, choreology and dance history, organisation and management in culture, and stage, audio, and video technology.
We, at the Dance Academy, wish to provide our students connection with external institutions where student deepen their knowledge and experience, make their professional name, exchange contacts and acquire practical training. The programme emphasises creativity, respect for diversity, consideration of human rights, solidarity and mutual help, humanism and responsible attitude towards work, students, lecturers, experts and general public, as well as social environment.
Dancer choreographer profession is highly oriented towards self-employment. The student acquires professional and practical knowledge, and the required social networking with dance and educational institutions and individuals. Dancers and choreographers work in theatres, dance groups, studios, institutions, schools, associations, and clubs. Dancers and choreographers also work in educational and healthcare institutions. The profession is mostly dynamic and requires work with a large number of co-creators or students.