BA Dance Artist Specialized in Classical Ballet
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Institute: Institute for Training Dance Artists
Qualification: Dance Artist
Level: first-cycle degree (Bsc/BA)
Language: Hungarian / English
Type of training: Hungarian: full-time/ English: evening training (dance classes with Hungarian full-time students, theory training in blocks)
Financing: Hungarian training: state-financed / English language training: fee-payer
Training period: 6 semesters
Credits to be obtained for the BA degree: 180 credits
Accredited specialization: classical ballet, programme launched annually
Special feature: based upon studies in childhood
The aim of the training:
Training dancers who
- are able to evolve their abilities through which they can actively contribute to dance art;
- are able to play an active role in international dance culture and they will be capable of representing the values of dance art and education on international forums in the possession of their artistic and intellectual background;
- are able to interpret old and new pieces of dance art by individual procession;
- will play an active role in art institutions or in independent forms of artistic activities using their technical skills and theoretical knowledge;
- based on their preparations they will possess competent and deep theoretical knowledge and practical skills to continue their studies in an MA training program.
Special requirements before graduation:
Professional practice: Professional practice is acquired through the own performances of the Academy and in cooperation with professional theatres' and ensembles' productions.
Secondary school graduation: Matura, baccalaureat (exam allowing entrance to higher education) is to be passed before graduating in the BA program.
Language requirements: Language requirements: at least middle-level examination (B2) in one living language or equivalent certification in case of Hungarian language training. In case of English language training there is no such requirement.
Education in this specialization is based on the Vaganova-method, acknowledged all over the world as well as the methodology based on the combinations of the traditions of the Nádasi school. The students are trained in the following professional subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Acting, Modern Ballroom Dances, Folk Dance, Modern Dance and Music. The academic subjects are: Dance History, Music History, History of the Arts, History of Culture, Motion Biology, Foreign Languages as well as Optional Subjects. In addition to attending the professional and theoretical classes, the students regularly take part in the ballet and opera performances of the Hungarian State Opera, thus gaining stage routine in compliance with their age and ability.
At the end of the first semester of the 9th grade, students take a Qualifying Exam in the ballet studio, followed by a public Graduation Performance at the end of the 2nd semester of the same year. These performances are highly appreciated not only by ballet professionals but also the audience as well.
The last year also includes theoretical work for the students; they have to write a degree thesis and defend it during the course of an exam.
Special features of the program for students who are enrolled in the secondary school of the academy (with Hungarian language training):
In regards to general education, the last two years of secondary school coincide with the 1st and 2nd grade of the BA training (Grade 7 and 8), which means, that the students become college students prior to passing their secondary school-leaving exam. One year later, after finishing the Grade 9, they receive a diploma from the Academy (Bachelor’s degree).