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.
Jana Menger (1973) is a dancer and a choreographer who has started her professional career in 1993, when she joined the Dance Theatre Ljubljana. She continues to expand her dance education in many workshops and seminars home and abroad. She graduated at the Dance Academy in Ljubljana and acquired a Master’s degree at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, the Art of Movement programme. Dancer and choreographer Jana Menger worked in over ninety dance and theatre performances. Since 1994, she has been working with many directors and choreographers in professional theatres, as well as in independent productions, where she met different stage approaches as a dancer and as a choreographer, as well as an actor, director and light designer. For the past twenty years, she has also been devoting her time to teaching and mentorship.
Beside complex motoric and training of motoric memory, I develop and emphasise equal use of four extremities in relation to the floor. I do not use gravity principles just as an obstacle, but also as an efficient tool for literature of movement. I introduce removal of unfounded mannerisms and modern ornamentality to the movement. I dedicate myself to development of functional strength, motoric and stamina-related capabilities. I emphasize development of strength, dynamics, physical intelligence and the use of the floor as a dancing partner.
The basic guideline for the workshop concept is the relation between word and movement - dancing. In the workshop, I will focus on simultaneous performance of both and on combination between taught and improvised. Research will be based on the principles of synergy and on exclusion of word and movement. The research process will emphasise extending of the spectre of possibilities for using word and movement, as their concurrency is becoming a very valuable tool in modern theatre-dance art show.
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.