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.
Mateja Bučar (1957) completed her ballet education in 1974 and continued to study classical and contemporary ballet techniques at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes (France). Since 1980, she has been engaged at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana where for 24 years she had danced in the entire repertoire. In 1986, she also joined the Dance Theatre Ljubljana that was founded by Ksenija Hribar in 1984. She danced in Hribar's performances Alpsko sanjarjenje (1986), Nostalgija (1987), Odisejev povratnik (1988) and Komemoracija-Posušene solze (1996). She also danced in several performances of the Dance Theatre Ljubljana. During the 1980s and the 1990s she collaborated with the Egon March Institute as a choreographer and protagonist of several projects and performances in Slovenia and abroad. In 1999 she founded DUM – Association of Artists where she is artistically active even today together with Vadim Fiškin and Tevž Logar (before with Gregor Podnar). In 2015 she received an artistic doctorate from the City University London and The Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance titled: Aesthetic Negativity and Choreographic Practice that is available at: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/15320/, http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.693460
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.