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.
Nina Meško is well known in Slovenian dancing circles as a contemporary dancer and choreographer. For the last seven years, she has been working as an independent expert advisor on dance at the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD). Nina has been professionally involved in dance and choreography for over a decade. She was awarded a grant by the Ministry of Culture to train in New York. All her original pieces (Watching Alice, 13 Hours in April, Crash Course in Flying, Deep Show, What a Feeling, The State of Things) showcase articulated conceptual structure and a strong interest in experimenting. She performed at numerous events in Slovenia and abroad. Nina Meško received two major international residential grants – ArtsLink (NY) and Tanzquarter (A).
In her work at the JSKD, Nina focuses mainly on boosting the interest in and knowledge of dance art and the pedagogy of creative dance. She provides expert assistance to all who dance, wish to dance or teach dance. She takes care of information flow and exchange in Slovenia and abroad, organises events about contemporary dance, dance pedagogy and dance medicine, drafts incentives for creation and facilitates conditions for staging performances. This is how she managed to create the festivals and educational events, whose main goal is to foster dance creativity of children and youth and provide for professional qualifications of their mentors all over Slovenia’s regions.
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.