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.
Dr. Svebor Sečak, Dean of the Dance Academy Alma Mater Europaea is an Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, teaching dance education in the Department for Ballet Pedagogy and Contemporary Dance. He is also the President of the Croatian Society of Professional Ballet Artists. He is employed at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb where he has the status of a national ballet principal and teaches class for the company. He is an internationally acclaimed ballet artist who has danced numerous leading roles of the ballet repertoire, choreographed ballet performancess and appeared as a guest artist and organised ballet tours worldwide.
After completing his education in Croatia, he continued his studies at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. He also gained academic qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance in London and the University of New England where in October 2015 he was awarded the PhD degree. He publishes articles in scientific magazines, books and portals and is an active participant of international research congresses on dance. He is the recipient of many professional awards and prizes and has been awarded the state order Marko Marulić for his contribution to Croatian culture.
The goal of the course Propedeutics – Introduction into Learning and Teaching in Dance is to connect and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the course Methodology and Teaching Practice of Classical Ballet into a wider context and fields that are necessary for efficient teaching in modern artistic training and education and their critical reappraisal. The course introduces students to the problems of learning and teaching in the context of modern ballet training and education and prepares them for efficient observation.
The goal of the course Safe practice of the Vaganova methodology is to introduce students to safe practice in ballet – its physical and psychological aspects – in order to prevent injuries, secure a stimulating atmosphere and working environment, efficient advancement in daily training and a more effective and harmless training to prolong the longevity of professional dancers and avoid injuries in recreational dancers, referring on the knowledge and skills acquires in kinesiology courses.
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.