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There are thousands of leading education organizations, college programs and schools for young and emerging choreographers around the world.


In addition to the higher education format option, International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography is developing own alternative methodology and text book for educating young and emerging choreographers in cross genres – ICON SMART™. Please read the front page website link for more information.


Bellow we list of a few umbrella organization giving opportunities for education and exposure of emerging choreographers on national level. Please let us now if you want us to add an educational institution which you feel has a tremendous national gravity in the field of choreography.






AUSTRALIA: There are many private studios and Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) offering nationally recognized college qualifications for dance professionals, from Certificates and Diplomas to Bachelor, Honors and postgraduate degrees, including PhDs. Many of them also offer studies in choreography and creative process. The listing here offers full-time, specialist, post-secondary dance courses staffed by former artistic directors, choreographers, dancers and lecturers who train Australia's best dancers, share information and resources.


AUSTRIA: Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance – SEAD is a centre for training contemporary dancers and choreographers as well as a vibrant space that provides the public performances and education in contemporary dance art. At that time SEAD became one of the first places to offer professional-caliber training for contemporary artists in Austria. SEAD today is an accredited academy with more than 100 international students. SEAD is a meeting point for experimental collaborations, residencies, and performances. As a cultural space open for the general public SEAD offers an educational program for adults and children and organises various events in the field of contemporary dance and performance art. 


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BELGIUM:   The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) – an international school for contemporary dance in Brussels, founded and directed by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Auditions are for young dancers and choreographers looking for international, top-level training in dance and choreography. The student body is composed by young artists from Iceland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Lebanon, the U.S. and Brazil. 


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BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro ‘s Centro Coreográfico (Choreographic Center) was created by the dynamic Regina Miranda, founder of the Companhia Atores Bailarinos do Rio de Janeiro - Company Actors Dancers of Rio de Janeiro. This project, dedicated to contemporary dance, sponsored by city funding via RIOARTE, and open to all races and nationalities, has given many dancers, companies and social projects the chance to work in excellent conditions, a fully equipped theatre is a rare occurrence.

BRAZIL: University of Campinas Bachelor’s Degree - Program graduates will be interpreters of dance, professionals who can contribute as agents transforming reality, who can be responsible for their own bodies and who can express themselves choreographically and communicate artistically. The opportunities for such professionals extend across a wide range of activities: stage performance, research and community outreach.



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CANADA: There are about ten universities and college dance programs in Canada diverse states of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Greater Toronto, and Vancouver --- offering degrees in dance and choreography ranging from undergraduate degrees to masters and PhD degrees in research, philosophy and multidisciplinary studies. The flowing guide below offers a listing and directories of the following resource:



DENMARK: Danish National School of Performing Arts offers to all dance students to study choreography and independent creative work, which constitutes an important dimension in the educations at the school. Choreography is introduced at the second semester and is compulsory till the third semester. The aim of the specialization is to offer the very interested and choreographically talented student an opportunity for further development of his or her artistic resources. Every second year two students are accepted and educated as dancers with specialization in choreography.

NEDERLANDS: School for New Dance Development - SNDO, a full time four-year professional education course that leads to the diploma Bachelor of Dance in Choreography, is looking for students passionate in creative process. Former artists in residency include choreographers in the ranks of Steve Paxton, Debora Hay and others. Deadline for application is 13 March 2016. 



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FRANCE: Nineteen National Choreography Centres (CCN) have been created since 1980 in fifteen of the twenty two regions of France. Under the direction of working choreographers, these centers facilitate the creative and choreographic process, as well as artistic activities the essential to this process, among them research, touring and programming, and pedagogy.

An umbrella association which includes nearly all the National Centres Chorégraphiques was founded in Caen in 1995 by their respective artistic directors, its mission being the constant exchange of ideas, a discussion of various plans of action as well as evaluating these actions after their implementation.

Centres chorégraphique nationaux:

  1. Centre chorégraphique national d’Aix-en-Provence (Pavillion Noir/Ballet Preljocaj)
  2. Centre chorégraphique national d’Alsace (Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhine)
  3. Centre chorégraphique national d’Aquitaine en Pyrénées Atlantiques (Ballet Biarritz)
  4. Centre chorégraphique national de Caen et de Basse-Normandie
  5. Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne (Compagnie Kafig)
  6. Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers
  7. Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble (Gallotta Danse)
  8. Centre chorégraphique national de La Rochelle
  9. Centre chorégraphique national de Marseille (Ballet national de Marseille)
  10. Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Mathilde Monnier)
  11. Centre chorégraphique national de Nancy (Ballet de Lorraine)
  12. Centre chorégraphique national de Nantes (Claude Brumachon/Benjamin Lamarche)
  13. Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans (Josef Nadj)
  14. Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne
  15. Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape
  16. Centre chorégraphique national de Roubaix Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Olivier Dubois)
  17. Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Haute-Normandie (Le Phare)
  18. Centre chorégraphique national de Tours

GERMANY: The Palucca University of Dance is the only university in Germany offering a 9-year dance education program with integrated secondary schooling. The curriculum includes Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Improvisation. The focus of the program, whether Dance, Dance Teaching, Choreography, the master classes or the apprenticeship program, is on individual mentoring and personal development. Our international faculty is drawn from all over the world and complemented by well-known guest choreographers.

GERMANY:  Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin - HZT Berlin offers three study courses: "Dance, Context, Choreography“ (Bachelor of Arts), "Solo/ Dance/ Authorship“ (Master of Arts) and "Choreography“ (Master of Arts). It provides a practice led and research driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Close connection between academic education and professional artistic practice characterizes the courses which offer an experimental approach to study, combine practice-led artistic and research driven education, and practical career guidance.

GERMANY: The Institute of Contemporary Dance (IZT) aka "Folkwang Dance" represents a brand name, pointing the way for the understanding of Modern Dance.  The goal of dance education at the Folkwang University of the Arts is not to train dancers but human beings who dance, grasp the principles of movement and develop them in their own individual way. In the future, the collaboration with the Pina Bausch Foundation will also enable the reorganizing of the collections, the documenting of the current artistic works and the development of a media center for use in practice, research and teaching.

GERMANY: Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg is a comprehensive centre for expertise in the field of contemporary dance and choreography, offering residency programs, artistic research, classes and trainings for professionals as well as dance outreach programs.

MEXICO: CONADACO - Colegio Nacional de Danza Contemporánea - National School of Contemporary Dance mission is to train quality professionals in their specialty field who will contribute to the cultural development of their community. It offers study plans endorsed and supervised by State of Queretaro Secretariat of Government Education through the Directorate of Education. The National Contemporary Dance College complements the training of its students with scenic performances.

MEXICO: Escuela Nacional De Danza Clásica Y Contemporánea (National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance) in Mexico fosters in students a critical view of the development of creativity from the analysis of social and cultural factors that influence the artistic process. The goals are to develop a practical and permanent investigation of dance performances languages ​​favoring interdisciplinary training to enrich the artistic creation. Choreographers are trained in high professional level to contribute to the artistic development in their creative aspect and / or proactive in its dance national and international level.


NEW ZEALAND: University of Auckland’s Dance Studies Program is highly regarded in New Zealand and internationally as a center of research and practice. Professionals lead and advance choreographic and performance techniques, broaden understanding of dance history and the place of dance in contemporary culture, and help gain the skills to pursue a sustainable career in a diverse range of dance-related fields.

NEW ZEALAND: Unitec Dance. Live performance is a huge part of training. Solo and group work as well as projects is offered by guest choreographers in addition to own dance projects, choreograph for theatre, events, festivals and films. Study contemporary dance at Unitec as part of the biggest film and performing arts department in the country. It means you’ll also get practical experience in sound and music design, video editing, costume, lighting, props and scenery. It’s a unique environment that mimics the dance industry.


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NEW ZEALAND: National Service Organization DANZ offers Below is a college dance directory of the tertiary institutions that offer dance courses which lead to qualifications and career pathways for dance performance, choreography and production, dance writing and administration, private studio and community dance teaching, and dance teaching in primary and secondary schools or the tertiary sector.


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SOUTH AFRICA: University of Cape Town’s Dance School serve as the training ground for many generations of South African ballet dancers. During the 1990 a shift in emphasis saw both African dance and contemporary dance being offered as full majors. The influence of African dance can be seen both in student choreography, which displays an earthy fusion of African and other dance styles, and in teaching methods, which embody healthy cross-cultural influences.

SPAIN: BIDE: Barcelona International Dance Exchange is a platform which supports dancers and choreographers to meet each other, exchange and develop material, knowledge and ideas. BIDE offers a place for try-outs, collaborations, laboratories and performances. To create an inspiring and fruitful exchange, we emphasize self-responsibility. Above all, BIDE is set in action, defined and made meaningful by its participants. Multiple partners and directories listed on the website.



SWEDEN:  DOCH Stockholm offers a Master Program in Choreography which comprises two years of advanced studies. It is practice based and research preparatory, and qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts. The structure of the program resembles a choreographic score that facilitates the correspondences and interferences between different artistic and non-artistic practices and their potential for reformulation. The MA in Choreography creates a milieu for learning, research and creation processes, as well as for the development of choreographic practice.

SWITZERLAND: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) offers a BA in Contemporary Dance is a cooperation between La Manufacture, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Both partners run their programs independently within the cooperation. All students attend theory classes at the Department of Dance Studies, Institute of Theatre Studies, and University of Bern. The BA in Contemporary Dance is also an international cooperation program between ZHdK and Codarts Rotterdam. La Manufacture maintains a partnership with P.A.R.T.S. Brussels. The ZHdK program benefits from the proximity of Zurich Dance Academy, which is also part of the ZHdK Department of Performing Arts and Film.

UNITED KINGDOM:  There are around 22 dance colleges in country offering professional dance and choreography training in the higher education. Most of them offer studies and specialization in choreography. Best information and directory of most of the schools can be found at Counsel for Dance Education and Training:

UNITED KINGDOM: The Laban /Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies is engaged in making people aware of the value of seeing movement more clearly, of perceiving that being alive is being in movement, of moving with greater consciousness and of understanding the connections between movement and its wealth of meaning. LIMS® has more than 35 years’ experience in education, arts & culture, research, and innovative executive services.