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 Geršak (1972) teaches dance expression at the Faculty of Education at the University of Primorska and the University of Ljubljana, where she is active pedagogically and in research regarding dance pedagogics and creative movement as an approach to learning. In June 2016, she defended her doctoral dissertation on this subject. She presents her work in workshops and lectures at professional trainings seminars for teachers and professors, at home and internationally, and she also publishes in Slovenian and foreign magazines and monographs. She is the Slovenian representative of Dance and the Child international (daCI), she leads the ArtsBridge project, which is a part of a broader project on integration of dance art in education system at the Delaware University (USA) that connects dance artists with teachers and students, and she is a member of the World Dance Alliance (WDA).
Selected chapters of pedagogy and didactics
are based on modern dance pedagogy concepts, which encourage participation and are process-oriented. Contents include teaching and learning with art, integration of creative movement into various contexts of education, and are supported with the theory of embodied cognition. Students learn about holistic approach to learning, methods and forms of work which encourage experiental, cooperative learning and creative thinking through active learning methods, which are based on creative movement in various parts of curriculum in kindergarten and school.
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.