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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The respected English conductor Simon Robinson was born in Liverpool. He graduated from the University of Surrey in 1978 and received his Master's degree 1991 from the same institution. While still in England, he was a conducting student of Maurice Handford and Vernon Handley and later with Boris Švara and Oskar Danon. Originally engaged as a repetiteur and assistant conductor for the opera in Maribor (then Yugoslavia), Simon Robinson went on to become their principal conductor and has continued his association with that institution for the past thirty years. His close association with this musical institution and others in what is now the country of Slovenia has continued to grow. Since 1978, he has held a number of appointments as conductor and guest conductor with various orchestras, opera houses, and choirs throughout Europe including the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera North, Scottish Ballet, Prague Radio Orchestra and others. His opera repertoire is vast and includes the usual standard works, which are the staple of any opera house. In fact, he has been recognized as one who can step onto the podium at the last minute, without little if any rehearsal, and those performances have always garnered positive recognition by the press as well as by the opera house managements. Equally versed in symphonic repertoire, he has worked with many notable orchestras and is more than capable of holding his own against many, internationally recognized conductors. Christa Holler, who often reviews for a number of well-known European publications (the particular article appeared in Vienna’s Die Presse), once likened Simon Robinson’s performance of Mozart (which she heard from him in performance in Kiev) to that of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Simon Robinson has an impressive discography that encompasses a number of well-known orchestral works, some with international soloists, and discs that also feature music by Slovenian composers. Simon Robinson has also been recognized for his advancement of Slovenian composers with a number of commendations including the Gold Gallus Medal for services to Slovene music in 1999, the Glazer Prize, Maribor for Excellence in Music in Slovenia in 1997 and the Rector’s Prize from the University of Maribor 1997 for "The furtherance of the Art of Slovene Music.” He was bestowed his most important award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1998. He was "Granted the Dignity of an Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire.”

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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