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The daily working language and all correspondence is in English. BCDC does not require any certification. Furthermore, the school is of the belief that with time and patience, the administration, faculty, and students will learn to communicate.

 

Performances

Two-three times a year, Budapest theatre venues provide performance spaces for the work of BCDA. Also to further enhance the student’s artistic experience, other performances will take place in special studio spaces as well as in site-specific locations throughout the city of Budapest and the region.

These two choreographies represent two approaches utilized in the Academy’s vision for student creativity.

– INTERMEZZO (Trafo – December 2018): a set improvisation and choreography
staged by Iván Angelus and based on sequences learned during dance classes
taught by Tamás Bakó.

– MÜLE FÜLE (Trafo – December 2018): a solo work created and performed by
former student Orsolya Vágner.
(More videos can be found on the BCDA YouTube channel)

The three-year training cycle is designed to support students in becoming genuine and skilled performing artists in the field of contemporary dance. 

With regards to the pedagogical and artistic specificities of contemporary dance – when it comes to ways of thinking about dance and dance education – we believe it is essential to provide space for a complex approach.

The BA course aims to create a diverse learning environment for acquiring dance knowledge (experiential, practical and theoretical). It will offer tools for exploring one’s creativity, help in finding a solid base for the practice of performance and creation, and cultivate the atmosphere for personal and artistic reflectivity.  

These components of the program – together with the above mentioned pedagogical directions – contain the essence of the curriculum as they will be interweaving throughout the three-year-course. In addition, the school gives equal importance to the individual and group learning processes since they are considered valuable building blocks for the foundation of the program.  

The versatility of the training program is supported by a developmental approach that involves the exploration of various techniques and methods of dance that relate directly to the moving body. This approach is further advanced by the refinement of technical skills, the reinforcement of physical abilities, the development of movement skills and body awareness, as well as for  creating contexts for integrated theory and practice. 

The focal point of creativity is the essential role it plays in the artistic growth of the students. They will be introduced to diverse methods and approaches that will prepare them when forming a research-based practice for the creation of their own works and finding their unique, authentic voice as dance performance artists. 

To encourage inventiveness, curiosity, and the building of skills supporting creativity, students will receive broad information and knowledge within the framework of diverse dance classes, individual research and the resulting projects, as well, valuable group collaborations. 

The student’s individual work is an essential aspect of their education. Because of this, personal studio time is scheduled into their daily program. The individual work period provides a platform for each student to complete and integrate their physical, technical and artistic work on their own. 

Furthermore, the benefits of this private time stimulate the learning process by allowing personal time to view a subject or project from many different angles. This process serves to create a time and space for reflectivity as well as establish a self-reliant dance practice.    

To assist and nourish the individual and artistic growth of the students, the study program: 

  • includes the task of writing a work plan at the beginning of each period addressing the students’ personal goals and introduces the use of a dance diary to record processes and developments of their physical, technical and artistic work. 
  • seeks balance between individual and group learning processes. 
  • relies on a complex assessment system and a nurturing mentoring program to develop personal and artistic reflection as well as the facilitation of social skills.
  • creates a platform for the student’s artistic experience by giving them the opportunity to collaborate with other artists as well as to make public appearances with the presentation of their own works.
  • proposes the overlapping and harmonizing with different fields of knowledge by circulating between different approaches to the integration of theory and practice.   
  • provides the knowledge and foundation to earn a BA degree in contemporary dance. 

Ultimately, the students will gain transferable knowledge by being part of a creative community under the guidance of teachers and artists from within Hungary as well as the international dance world.

 

Fields of Study

Contemporary Dance
Improvisation
Composition
Ballet
Rhythm & Dance
Modern Dance
Contact Improvisation
Creative dance
Research
Dance Studies
Body and health awareness
Art Studies
Music Studies
Individual and group work
Performance practice: public performances, including work with choreographers

 

Structure and time frame

Summer Creative Week prior to the start of the school year: 21-27.08.2023.
Registration period for the school year: 31.08.23-01.09.23
Start of the academic year: 04.09.2023.
End of the academic year: 14.06.2024.

There are shorter breaks in October, February and around Easter. There is a long, three-week break at Christmas.

 

Registration and Tuition fees

Students pay a registration fee and tuition fee.
The registration fee is 800 € in the first semester and 200 € for each following semester.
The tuition fee is 2300 € / semester.

In order to make art education widely accessible, a Rector’s Scholarship will be offered for the academic year 2023/2024, which will be awarded upon request, based both on social and merit criteria and the current possibilities of the school.

 

Timetable

Below you will find a sample timetable for the BA course. The sample timetable is representative, the subject of the classes may vary depending on the period and its focus.

MONDAY  
08.30-09.00 individual warm up
09.00-10.30 traditional technique
10.45-12.15 contemporary dance
12.15-13.15 lunch break
13.15-14.45 forum
15.00-16.30 individual work/rehearsal
16.45-18.15 integrated practice and theory
TUESDAY  
08.30-09.00 individual warm up
09.00-10.30 rhythm&dance
10.45-12.15 creative dance class
12.15-13.15 lunch break
13.15-14.45 individual work
15.00-16.30 rehearsal
WEDNESDAY  
08.30-09.00 individual warm up
09.00-10.30 traditional technique
10.45-12.15 contemporary dance
12.15-13.15 lunch break
13.15-14.45 individual work
15.00-16.30 rehearsal
16.45-18.15 integrated practice and theory
THURSDAY  
08.30-09.00 individual warm up
09.00-10.30 rhythm&dance
10.45-12.15 creative dance class
12.15-13.15 lunch break
13.15-14.45 individual work
15.00-16.30 rehearsal
FRIDAY  
08.30-09.00 individual warm up
09.00-10.30 traditional technique
10.45-12.15 contemporary dance
12.15-13.15 lunch break
13.15-14.45 individual work
15.00-16.30 rehearsal

* No other commitments – work or additional training – are recommended outside of the school’s academic program.