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.
Melinda Szitt studied at the Hungarian University of Physical Education and at the Hungarian Dance Academy where she acquired a Master's degree in classical ballet methodology. Since 2009 she has been teaching at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest and from 2013 she teaches classical ballet methodology as a guest teacher at the Study of Ballet Pedagogy at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb.
The Methodology and Teaching Practice of Classical Ballet is based on the A. Vaganova system and includes teaching practice. The course includes planning, organising and conducting of the teaching of classical ballet to pupils from the first to the eighth level:
- body positions and posture, poses and positions of the feet and arms.
- gradual development of basic movements and steps.
- planning and conducting exercises at the barre, centre, jumps, turns, en pointe.
- music accompaniment.
- observation and teaching practice in a ballet school.
- preparation of exercises and writing of teaching plans.
- observation and evaluation of the teaching of other students and (self)evaluation.
The teaching content of the course in each year of study encompasses methodical approaches and content specific for a particular training period: elements of the first three years are taught during the first year; elements from the fourth to the sixth level are taught during the second year and elements of the seventh and eighth level of ballet dancers during the third year.
The course trains students to conduct the teaching of classical ballet according to the regular teaching programme for primary and secondary ballet schools. The teaching is conducted through theoretical-practical lectures and exercises and teaching practice; it involves planning, conducting and evaluating one's own teaching practice and the teaching practice of colleagues.
The objectives of teaching practice are in the practicing and perfecting the practical teaching skills through observation and discussions with mentoring teachers in ballet schools.
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.