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 AND 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 I 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 in Contemporary Dance I 3
8 Dance Theatre 3
9 Selected Topics of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
10 Singing 4
11 History of Dance II 3
12 Contemporary Dance Techniques IV 5
13 Composition and Creative-Research Process IV 3
14 Improvisation in Contemporary Dance 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 in Contemporary Dance III 3
6 Contemporary Dance Teaching Methodology 3
7 Organization and Management in Culture 3
8 Contemporary Dance Techniques VI 5
9 Improvisation in Contemporary Dance IV 7
10 Composition and Creative-Research Process VI 9
11 Morphology of Dance Film 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 Morphology of Dance Film 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 3
13 Final Project II. 4
14 Music for Ballet 3
15 Teaching Practice 5
16 Stage Technology Basics 3
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

SOCIAL DANCE AND 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 and Latin Dances with Expert Terminology

3
7 Couple Dances and Group 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 Basic Dance Figures in Ballroom and Latin Dances 7
14 Dance Games and Solo Dances 6
Total 60

2. year - SOCIAL DANCE

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II. 3
2 History of Dance I 3
3 Music Basics II 3
4  Ballet II. 4
5 Physical Preparation II 3
6 Choreography of Solo Dances 7
7 Choreography of Couple Dances  7
8 Dance Theatre 3
9 Selected Chapters of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
10  Musical 7
11 History of Dance II 3
12 Choreography of Group Dances 7
13 Dance for groups with special needs 7
Total 60

2. year - COMPETITIVE DANCE

  Course ECTS
III. and IV. semester
1 Acting II 3
2 History of Dance I 3
3 Music Basics II 3
4 Ballet II 4
5 Physical Preparation II 3
6 Variations and Lines in Ballroom and Latin Dances I 8
7 Partnering I 6
8 Selected Chapters of Pedagogy and Didactics II 3
9 Musical 7
10 History of Dance II 3
11 Variations and Lines in Ballroom and Latin Dances II 7
12 Music Choice and Use 3
13 Ballroom and Latin Dance Choreography I 7
Total 60

3. year - SOCIAL DANCE

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 Physical Preparation III 3
2 Teaching Practice 8
3 Couple Dances II 9
4 Teaching Methodology of Social Dances 10
5 Organization and Management in Culture 3
6 Rhetoric and leading of shows and programmes 7
7 Morphology of Dance Film 3
8 Dance Novelties 11
9 Graduation Project 6
Total 60
Total for Study programme 180

3. year - COMPETITIVE DANCE

  Course ECTS
V. and VI. semester
1 Physical Preparation III 3
2 Teaching Practice 6
3 Partnering II 6
4 Music and Dance Parameters 5
5 Teaching Methodology of Ballroom and Latin Dances 8
6 Rhetoric and leading of shows and programmes 7
7 Morphology of Dance Film 3
8 Organization and Management in Culture 3
9 Dance Analysis of Ballroom and Latin Dances 6
10 Choreography in Ballroom and Latin  Dances II 8
11 Graduation project 5
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

Courses:

Undergraduate: Dance Academy

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Matevž Česen is a professional dancer, choreographer, coach and judge. He started dancing at an early age at the Bolero dance school where he is employed today as the chief coach. He went to the artistic high school majoring in contemporary dance and continued his studies at the London Studio Center Academy in Great Britain where in 2009 he graduated with honours as a professional dancer who majored in acting and singing as well. During his education abroad and back home he acquired the title of the Dancesport coach and dance judge with a licence from the Dance Association of Slovenia.

In his rich competing career, he was the state champion for more than ten times, four times he won the European and four times the world champion title in diverse disciplines of modern competing dances. He completed his ten-year competing career with the award for the best dance number at the North American Dance Championships Festival in New York, USA. In  2004 he was granted the award for best individual among the competing dancers and an acknowledgement for the best versatile dance in Slovenia. In 2009 he was granted the award for the best appearance during the tour of Great Britain and thus received international acclaim. Currently he is passing on his knowledge to younger dancers who have likewise won numerous state, European and world champion titles and was pronounced the best pedagogue and choreographer. In 2014 as a coach he received a renowned acknowledgment of the Slovenian Olympic Committee. In 2016 the Dance Association of Slovenia granted him an award for the best choreographer with the most won medals at European and world competitions. As a coach and choreographer he was invited to the Gala World Event IDO where his dancers won third place among world champions in various disciplines.

He appeared as a dancer and choreographer of numerous events, gala events, state ceremonies, TV shows, video spots, commercial campaigns and at concerts of numerous popular local and foreign singers and groups. He danced many roles in dance, theatre and puppet performances. As a choreographer he worked on performance Dilema, musical comedy Alpska Saga and musical Saturday Night Fever. He performs extensively all throughout Europe just to mention a few: Royal Variety Performance with the British singer Duffy for the Royal Family, with the American singer Nicole Scherzinger and pop group Pussycat dolls, dance and fashion show Desigual; tour of Jazz Dance Company in Great Britain, appearance in a BBC TV series for children Dick and Dom and dance performance Miles Ahead at London's West End. He also choreographed a dance show for A Finnish cruise ship. Since he has always been interested in dance from various aspects, he currently writes for the internet dance portal Parada plesa. Lately as a choreographer and coach he holds workshops all over Europe.

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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