Folk Dance

BA Dance Artist Specialized in Folk Dance

The training prepares students for professional dance artist career. This specialization was first launched at the Dance Artist Department of the Academy in 2008 and was built on the traditions of the earlier folk dance and folk dance-theatrical dance specializations. 
The primary aim of the training is the acquisition of the dances of different nations living in Hungary and of the significant dance traditions of other nations.

The training and education last for 5 years. Students attending this department begin their education at the age of 14. Preceding the BA studies, in Grade 1 and 2 students have the preparatory student status with HDA. Preparatory training ensures 3-5 dance classes daily and stage experience according to age and talent. Upon completing grade 2 in modern dance one can apply for BA studies. This way the end-term examination of the last preparatory semester  will be the entrance exam to dance artist BA training. Those students who are not recommended for further studies at the Academy by the examining board, finish their professional training at the end of the 2nd grade.

Folk dance studies are complemented with other forms of dance (e.g. classical ballet, modern dance and ballroom dance) and theory (ethnography, folk music, acting, history of arts, history of music, history of dance, movement biology, cultural management).

Students speaking Hungarian may also join the secondary school of the academy for theoretical studies. The last two years of secondary education coincide with the first two years of their studies at the Academy, which means that the students become college students prior to passing their secondary school-leaving exam. 

This training is launched in approx. every 3rd year.