The focus of our educational programmes is the individual and the development of their unique abilities and skills.
The curriculum is built upon the three pillars of ballet, contemporary/modern dance, and improvisation. Our goal is to find a common approach and breaking down the barriers that traditionally exist between these diverse techniques. The three pillars are continually developed during the student’s entire period of study and are supported by a full range of complimentary subjects. The combination of theory and practice empowers the students to develop into independent, creatively thinking individuals who are able to apply these techniques as keys to artistic freedom.
We look for students who wish to be a professional dancer and who don’t want to choose between classical ballet and contemporary dance. People who are ready, willing and able to explore ballet, contemporary and improvisation to the highest level and push their boundaries in all of these techniques to become well-rounded, versatile, creative-thinking dancers.
With a repertoire spanning from the classics, to neoclassical, contemporary to cutting-edge creations, our students’ BA thesis is a self-created and danced work that enables them to present themselves as exactly who they are: unique individuals who can apply the learned techniques as keys for freedom. The curriculum reflects this, with the three pillars of ballet, contemporary and improvisation being taught in a complimentary and holistic manner throughout.
The ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova, French and Balanchine methods that enable a dancer to dance a broad repertoire that is found in most companies today.
In Contemporary/Modern, the classes are unique hybrids, with inspiration drawn from Humphrey/Limon, Release Technique, GAGA, Yoga and other various techniques that are currently being explored and form the basis of most contemporary work being created today.
In Improvisation, starting with creative dance for the youngest students (TTI), building up through the levels, multiple techniques and approaches to Improvisation are explored with sources being drawn from Laban, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, in combination with other art forms and site-specific location. By the completion of their studies, the students should be fluent with their own vocabulary and be able to play an active role in creative processes.
The Master degree programmes, MA Dance Teacher and MA Choreography, also reflect the University's mission statement and objectives for dance education with curricula adapted to the specific study programmes. As a dance teacher or choreographer, each individual is encouraged to find their own voice and unique approach. The techniques or methods, along with all of the complimentary subjects, are tools for freedom to allow them to explore their own voices in their chosen field.
True to Palucca’s credo, everyone can dance and everyone has their own voice in dance. Our goal remains to provide a safe place for exploration, taking risks, research, and the “tradition of innovation” can continue.