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.
Alma R. Selimović (1980) has a master’s degree in Management of non-profit organizations and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural studies at the Faculty for Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She also holds a European Diploma of Cultural Management by Marcel Hicter Foundation and she studied Cultural Management at the City University, London on a British Council scholarship.
She has joined the Bunker team in 2003 as part of the production team for the Mladi levi festival and has stayed with Bunker ever since (production, PR) and also managed some other activities of Bunker (volunteer programs, European Cultural Capital bid …). In 2009 she has worked for an advertising company Formitas BBDO Pleon in Ljubljana as an Account Director and Head of PR department. Her clients were: European Commission (DG TREN, DG SANCO, DG COMM), Unilever, Spar, Nokia Siemens Networks …
In 2010 she has returned to culture and has been the producer of the festival Mladi levi, festival Drugajanje in Maribor, Festival of letters in Ljubljana (focus on typography). She was also the communications officer at Slovene dance platform Gibanica.
Currently she is the Development Director in Bunker, focusing mainly on fundraising, development of projects bringing together education and contemporary art and leading the Create to Connect -> Create to Impact network. All her project focus on establishing long-term relationships with the audiences and on the empowerment potential of arts.
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.