participants / schools


Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz (Austria)
Diverse and dynamic – this description of the contemporary dance scene applies equally to the training at the Institute of Dance Arts (IDA). A committed team of internationally renowned teachers educates the students in classical ballet, contemporary dance techniques, artistic diversity and reflection capability. Attention to craftsmanship and a framework of varied artistic experience give the students a well-grounded preparation for their professional careers. As in contemporary professional practice, IDA combines in its programmes the artistic and pedagogical qualification of students. Around 80 students are currently enrolled at the Institute of Dance Arts, from backgrounds as diverse as Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, France, China, Columbia, the US, India, Japan, among others.

Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy (Hungary)
Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy is a private, international, state acknowledged higher education institution that offers:
BA in Contemporary Dance – 3 years
MA in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy – 2 years
FutuREsearch – Pilot MA – 2 years
Summer Intensive Course in Creative Garden – 2 weeks
Intensive Preparatory Course – 24 weeks
Study Plans online.

Duncan Centre, Prague (Czech Republic)
In September 1992, the Duncan Centre Conservatory was placed within the network of State Schools of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education. The educational programme at the Duncan Centre Conservatory is designed so that its graduates will be able to find their places as professionals in all areas of the contemporary dance field. The Duncan Centre Conservatory graduates, according to their specialization, can work as affective dance artists, choreographers and dance lecturers. The aim of the Conservatory is to produce universal artists. The content of the education therefore enables students to continue, after their leaving exams, in studies of art, human sciences or pedagogy at university.
After concluding the first four years of study, students have the possibility to sit further leaving exams, by which they gain the certificate of completed secondary education. This involves the fifth and the sixth years of in-depth professional preparation. Successful completion of the entire six-year programme at the Duncan Centre leads to graduation. Graduation provides a certificate that states complete, higher, specialised education and means gaining the title “diploma artist”. The graduates can then also work as dance teachers.

Dance Department of Music and Dance Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic)
The Department of Dance was founded on October 24th, 1945, together with the Academy of Performing Arts.
Students can currently choose from among three fields of dance art: Dance Pedagogy, Choreography, and Theory of Dance.
The field of DANCE PEDAGOGY offers three specializations: Modern Dance, Classical Dance and Folk Dance. This field of study trains dance pedagogues for all levels of dance education, dance studios and theatre dance ensembles as well as ballet répétiteurs. The field of CHOREOGRAPHY provides education in dance composition, focusing on creative processes and their theoretical and historical reflections. The field of THEORY OF DANCE explores historical and systemic dance theories and their application in dance critique, popularization, organizing processes etc.
All study programmes are accredited to provide education at a three-year BA-level and a five-year MA-level; Choreography and Dance Theory also have doctoral (PhD) study programmes. Graduates of Department of Dance are well trained for diverse disciplines, among them choreography, pedagogy or theoretical research in all subfields of dance. They play major roles at theatres, ballet and dance ensembles, in education, research centres, diverse journals as well as cultural management.

Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga (Latvia)
The Latvian Academy of Culture (LAC) is small public University in Latvia, which offers studies of the BA, MA and doctoral degrees with great accent to the arts and humanities in theoretical, as well as in practical sense: it is the only place in entire Latvia, where the studies of theatre, drama, cinema and choreography are proposed and which provides this area with new professionals, but not only. The LAC currently has four academic departments.
Dance department in Latvian Academy of Culture
Study Duration: 3 years (6 terms)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts Contemporary dance art and Master of Arts Contemporary dance art. Dance department leader: Olga Žitluhina.
The program aims to prepare theoretically and practically educated, independently and creatively-think and substantive contemporary dance artists (choreographers, dancers ) who are competitive dance professionals  in Latvian and abroad, as well as motivated for professional development, creative and scientific research activities.
In the study process students are given the general humanitarian education, integrated by theoretical and practical knowledge in the disciplines of contemporary dance and classical dance, as well as body movements and cognitive theories, methodologies, techniques of contemporary dance discourse.
Students gain knowledge of literature, art, music, history of philosophy , as well as acquire courses that provides  theoretical knowledges and practical skills in the dance sector: Contemporary dance and composition, choreography, contemporary dance technique theory, methodology and history, improvisation and contact improvisation, classical dance ,methodology and history of classical modern dance theory, methodology and history, Functional anatomy, Feldenkrais method, actor basics, Body and movement cognitive theories, methodologies and techniques (yoga, it-deep, aikido).

Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der stadt Wien (Austria)
The Study Programme Dance will provide world-class training in performance dance and dance education. With new and redefined programmes, the Study Programme Dance now reflects the diversity of the professional environment that awaits dancers and dance instructors alike.
Throughout their study of arts and arts education students learn to face the challenges a dynamic and fast evolving profession provides. Alongside establishing fundamental dancing, creative and educational skills, the programme also focuses on body awareness methods, theoretic foundations and science and research: this ample approach is designed to promote a self reflective understanding of the art form of dance. Other major priorities are the promotion of interdisciplinary awareness, a project based work concept and practical courses/ traineeships in dance and dance education that are organised in collaboration with external partners. Thanks to the implementation of elective-compulsory modules, the new curricula leave room for individual specialisation.
The Study Programme Dance represents a wider understanding of dance, where a creative approach to addressing conflict between tradition and innovation provides the basis on which new models of communicating dance education can be developed.
The MUK-Uni has worked with a number of partner universities within the European Higher Education Area and aims to intensify relations in the years to come so that students can benefit from attractive study offers abroad (Erasmus exchange programme).

National Academy of Theatre Arts Krakow, Dance Theatre Department Bytom (Poland)
The Dance Theatre Department emerges from a cultural movement that instigates and supports all the ways of thinking about role of the arts in a society of innovation. We provide specialized training for those who aspire to become a theatre artist, with particular regard to the peculiarity of the dance the art genre – an art of human expression of the future. Synergy and non-linearity are fundamental characteristics of the curriculum in which vocational training and humanistic subjects are kept in balance. Courses are led by highly acclaimed faculty members – dancers, actors, theatre directors, scholars, musicians, and sports men whose interests span a wide range of genres, styles, and talents, which grow out from creativity and innovation and along with other qualities and values are focused on education of the 21st century artist.

Skopje Dance Academy, ESRA University of Skopje (Macedonia)
Skopje Dance Academy (SDA), lead by one of the most popular Macedonian choreographers, Risima Risimkin, is the first Academy for contemporary dance on University level in Macedonia. The Academy is founded in 2010 in collaboration with Rotterdam Dance Academy and in the first three years supported by Dutch Embassy in Skopje. The Academy is part of ESRA University in Skopje, Macedonia. Dancer from the SDA can continue their work in Skopje Dance theater, first official contemporary Dance Company in Macedonia.

Dance Department of Music and Dance Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava
The Department of Dance provides undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education in dance.
We offer following undergraduate programmes:
CHOREOGRAPHY – basic knowledge and skills in choreography
DANCE ART – basic knowledge and skills in dance. Students specialise in CLASSICAL, FOLK, and MODERN DANCE or DANCE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
Classical Dance is based mainly on the Russian school. Folk dance focuses on different folklore regions in Slovakia. Modern dance includes teaching the techniques of jazz dance, techniques of M. Graham, J. Limón, M. Cunningham as well as contemporary dance. Dance for children and youth prepares specialists with knowledge and skills in children dance teaching.
DANCE THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE – the programme focuses on developing technical and creative skills, preparing graduates who can be performers, as well as authors, or co-authors of dance, theatre and multimedia productions.
We offer following graduate M.A. programmes:
CHOREOGRAPHY – with two principal study areas:
choreography of ballet, including classical dance, as well as modern and contemporary dance techniques.
Choreography of folk dance, that has been for many years formed by the personality of Prof. Štefan Nosáľ.
DANCE ART – with four principal study areas: classical dance, folk dance, modern dance, and dance for children and youth.
Students of B.A. and M.A. dance programmes have an opportunity to include a DANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME into their studies. The dance education programme together with the completed degree programmes provides dance education qualification for primary art schools and conservatoires. Dance education programme in a part-time form is available for B.A. or M.A. dance graduates.
Department of Dance offers also POSTGRADUATE ArtD. DANCE PROGRAMMES.