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.
Igor Sviderski (1967) is a teacher, dancer and a choreographer. His work includes more than ninety dance-theatre and experimental shows of home and foreign creators. He graduated at the Ballet Academy in Stockholm and Dance Academy in Ljubljana. He is currently finishing his Master’s studies at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, the Art of Movement programme. He is the recipient of the ‘Dance Web’ scholarship, Zlata ptica and Meta Vidmar plaque awards for achievements and contribution to development and establishment of Slovene dance culture. He has been complementing his mentoring with a role as a consultant for movement in school and professional dance-theatre shows and co-creates the educational and artistic modern dance programme with different dance centres home and abroad.
Class is a fusion of modern dance techniques within a modern dance expression. It consists of technical and creative work. I firstly build responsiveness of strong, flexible and dancing body in space; therefore the attention is focused on the awareness of functions of the centre and pelvis in horizontal position. Afterwards, I set exercises in vertical position of the body according to the curve principle and relaxation of the upper body. The creative part is based on researching dancer’s own movement and spatial structure.
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.