Dance Academy

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. 

Courses

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

BALLET

SOCIAL DANCE

COMPETITIVE - BALLROOM and LATIN DANCE

JAZZ DANCE


CONTEMPORARY DANCE

1. year

  Course ECTS
I. and II. semester
1 Physical Preparation I 3
2 Psychology of Learning 4
3 Preventive Dance Medicine 6
4 Ballet I. 4
5 Music Basics I. 3
6 Contemporary Dance Techniques I 4
7 Composition and Creative-Research Process I 6
8 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics I 4
9 Physiology 3
10 Basics of Choreology 3
11 Information Technology 3
12 Acting I 4
13 Contemporary Dance Techniques II 7
14 Composition and Creative-Research Process II 6
Total 60

2. year

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 History of Dance II 3
2 Music Basics II 3
3 Ballet II 4
4 Physical Preparation II 3
5 Contemporary Dance Techniques III 6
6 Composition and Creative-Research Process III 5
7 Improvisation I. 3
8 Dance Theater 3
9 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
10 Singing 4
11 History of Dance I 3
12 Contemporary Dance Techniques IV 5
13 Composition and Creative-Research Process IV 3
14 Improvisation II 3
15 Choreology in Contemporary Dance 3
16 Intercultural Dance Practices 3
17 Ballet III. 3
Total 60

3. year

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 Physical Preparation III 3
2 Teaching Practice 5
3 Contemporary Dance Techniques V 6
4 Composition and Creative-Research Process V 4
5 Improvisation III 3
6 Contemporary Dance Teaching Methodology 3
7 Organization and Management in Culture 3
8 Contemporary Dance Techniques V 5
9 Improvisation IV 7
10 Composition and Creative-Research Process VI 9
11 Dance Analysis of Contemporary Dance 3
12 Music Basics III 3
13 Stage Technology Basics 3
14 Balet IV. 3
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

BALLET

1. year

  Course ECTS
I. and II. semester
1 Physical Preparation I 3
2 Psychology of Learning 4
3 Preventive Dance Medicine 6
4 Music Basics I. 3
5 Methodology and practice of classical ballet I. 7
6 Propedeutics – Introduction into Learning and Teaching in Dance 4
7 Historical dances I 3
8 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics I 4
9 Physiology 3
10 Basics of Choreology 3
11 Information Technology 3
12 Acting I 4
13 Methodology and practice of classical ballet II 6
14 Safe practice of the Vaganova methodology 4
15 Historical dances II. 3
Total 60

2. year

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II. 3
2 Music Basics II 3
3 Physical Preparation II 3
4 Dance Theater 3
5 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
6 History of Dance I 3
7 Methodology and practice of classical ballet III. 5
8 Dance, Art and Aesthetics 4
9 Character Dances I. 4
10 Choreography 5
11 History of Dance II 3
12 Methodology and practice of classical ballet IV. 7
13 Art of Dance in Education 4
14 Character Dances II. 4
15 Choreology 3
16 Pas de Deux I. 3
Total 60

3. year

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 Physical Preparation III 3
2 Methodology and practice of classical ballet V. 5
3 Ballet – Tradition and Contemporarity 4
4 Character Dances III. 4
5 Pas de Deux II. 4
6 Repertoire III. 3
7 Final Project I. 4
8 Organization and Management in Culture 3
9 Methodology and practice of classical ballet VI. 6
10 Dance Analysis 3
11 Character Dances IV. 3
12 Repertoire IV. (duet) 3
13 Final Project II. 4
14 Music Basics III. 3
15 Teaching Practice 5
16 Stage Technology Basics 3
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

SOCIAL DANCE

1. year

  Course ECTS
I. and II. semester
1 Physical Preparation I 3
2 Psychology of Learning 4
3 Preventive Dance Medicine 6
4 Ballet I. 4
5 Music Basics I. 3
6 Group Dances 3
7 Partner Dances I 7
8 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics I 4
9 Physiology 3
10 Basics of Choreology 3
11 Information Technology 3
12 Acting I 4
13 Dance Games 7
14 Solo Dances 6
Total 60

2. year

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II. 3
2 Stage Technology Basics 3
3 Music Basics II 3
4  Ballet II. 4
5 Physical Preparation II 3
6 Solo Dance Choreography 7
7 Partner Dance Choreography 7
8 Dance Theater 3
9 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
10  Singing 5
11 History of Dance I 3
12 Group Dance Choreography 7
13 Dancing for People with Disabilities 9
Total 60

3. year

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 History of Dance II 3
2 Physical Preparation III 3
3 Teaching Practice 5
4 Partner Dances II 9
5 Social Dance Teaching Methodology 10
6 Organization and Management in Culture 3
7 Hosting Shows and Events 11
8 Dance Novelties 11
9 Diploma Project 5
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

COMPETITIVE  - BALLROOM and LATIN DANCE

1. year

  Course ECTS
I. and II. semester
1 Physical Preparation I 3
2 Psychology of Learning 4
3 Preventive Dance Medicine 6
4 Ballet I. 4
5 Music Basics I. 3
6 Basic Technique and Movement Mechanics in Ballroom Dancing 5
7 Basic Technique and Movement Mechanics in Latin Dancing 5
8 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics I 4
9 Physiology 3
10 Basics of Choreology 3
11 Information Technology 3
12 Acting I 4
13 Basic Dance Figures in Ballroom Dancing 6
14 Basic Dance Figures in Latin Dancing 7
Total 60

2. year

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II 3
2 Stage Technology Basics 3
3 Music Basics II 3
4 Ballet II. 4
5 Physical Preparation II 3
6 Partnering in Ballroom Dances 6
7 Variations and Lines in Ballroom Dancing I 4
8 Variations and Lines in Latin Dancing I 4
9 Dance Theater 3
10 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
11  Singing 5
12 History of Dance I 3
13 Variations and Lines in Ballroom Dancing II 3
14 Variation and Lines in Latin Dancing II 3
15 Music Choice and Use 3
16 Ballroom Dance Choreography I 3
17 Latin Dance Choreography I 4
Total 60

3. year

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 History of Dance II 3
2 Physical Preparation III 3
3 Teaching Practice 5
4 Partnering in Latin Dances 7
5 Music and Dance Parameters 7
6 Teaching Methodology of Ballroom and Latin Dances 5
7 Organization and Management in Culture 3
8 Dance Analysis of Ballroom and Latin Dances 16
9 Ballroom Dance Choreography II 5
10 Latin Dance Choreography II 6
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

JAZZ DANCE

1. year

  Course ECTS
I. and II. semester
1 Physical Preparation I 3
2 Psychology of Learning 4
3 Preventive Dance Medicine 6
4 Ballet I. 4
5 Music Basics I. 3
6 Jazz Dance Technique I 4
7 Modern Dance Technique I 3
8 Horton Dance Technique I 3
9 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics I 4
10 Physiology 3
11 Basics of Choreology 3
12 Information Technology 3
13 Acting I 4
14 Street Dance Genres 4
15 Hip Hop Culture 3
16 Horton Dance Technique II 3
17 Jazz Dance Technique II 3
Total 60

2. year

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II 3
2 Stage Technology Basics 3
3 Music Basics II 3
4  Ballet II. 4
5 Physical Preparation II 3
6 Modern Dance Technique II 3
7 Modern Jazz I 3
8 Technique, Terminology and Dance Notation in Jazz Dance 5
9 Horton Dance Technique II 3
10 Dance Theater 3
11 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
12 Singing 5
13 History of Dance I 3
14 Jazz Dance Technique IV 4
15 Horton Dance Technique IV 4
16 Partnering in Jazz Dance 4
17 Tap Dance I 4
Total 60

3. year

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 History of Dance II 3
2 Physical Preparation III 3
3 Teaching Practice 5
4 Theater Jazz I 5
5 Jazz Dance Technique V 4
6 Jazz Dance Improvisation 3
7 Modern Dance Technique III 4
8 Dramaturgy 3
9 Organization and Management in Culture 3
10 Theater Jazz II 7
11 Jazz Dance Technique VI 3
12 Tap Dance II 6
13 Horton Dance Technique V 3
14 Modern Jazz II 4
15 Street Dance Choreography 4
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

 

Faculty

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Undergraduate: Dance Academy

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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.

Advantages

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.

Employability

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.

  • DURATION: 6 semesters / 3 years
  • CREDITS: 180 ECTS
  • TITLE: graduated dancer / choreographer
  • LOCATION: Slovenia
  • START DATES: October

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