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As a contemporary dancer you are able to redefine. You can create, execute, take initiative and self-educate. You want to be artistically innovative. During projects, you work interdisciplinary with artists from music, theatre or visual arts. You will also get acquainted with dance and diversity during inclusive dance workshops.

The bachelor Dance covers three years of study. During your studies you will encounter a variety of contemporary dance techniques; you get in touch with choreographers and artists from Belgium and abroad; you are challenged to develop your potential and become a dance artist with a vision and an authentic personality.

Intensive dance training, improvisation, composition and choreography help you develop the skills you need as a dance artist in the work field. Complementary training such as yoga, movement analysis, anatomy and injury prevention will help you understand and use your own body. By offering you a theoretical framework and space for reflection, you will learn to relate to the world and the work field.

You will be accompanied by teachers with an active artistic practice. Both young talent and established international artists are attracted to the programme or for workshops, lectures, masterclasses, productions and performances. In addition, a team of mentors is ready to support you in your personal development on and next to the stage. 

Each academic year offers you a wide range of projects that give you the opportunity to expand your techniques and expressive possibilities. Collaborations are established with the drama and music students, on the campus, but also with organizations and companies from the wider field of performing arts. The campus and production team provide infrastructure and support in the realization of projects.

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Embodied Artistic Research (E.A.R.)

The newly established Master in Dance at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp offers dance artists the opportunity to undertake practice-centred research, which is based on and led by the embodied artistic practices each participant brings in.

The programme allows for a sustained research trajectory over the course of two years. It provides a structure to develop embodied artistic expertise and knowledge in intensive exchange with peers, coordinators and mentors, with a wider network of collaborators from the field of dance, and in dialogue within different public environments. While the programme focusses on the individual practice and research of each student, it also relates them to current developments in the arts as well as in society.

The programme's framework revolves around the notion of embodied artistic research. Performance and dance practices consist, not only but largely, of embodied practices – practices that work in, through and out of the moving body. When is such embodiment artistic practice? How can we formulate strategies, frames and methods that will allow us to relate the two productively? And at what point during this process can we talk of research? What does artistic research entail, when it is carried out through forms of embodiment? Which translations and other media than the body come into play when rendering artistic practice research?

Giving the students time and space to place their own questions within this frame and to insist on them while in dialogue with colleagues, the programme engages the students in different learning and researching settings. These will include colloquia, practical workshops, lectures, symposia, studio time and meetings with communities outside the field of dance. 

Student Profile

You are an artist and/or researcher who is focused on embodied artistic practice. You hold a bachelor degree in the performing arts. Embodied practice is essential, but style or genre is not pre-determined. You have worked in the field as a dance artist (choreographer, performer, teacher etc), and you have reached a point in your career where a research question is relevant. You wish to pursue this research question, gain new input and insights into existing research and expand your own expertise, reformulating your embodied artistic practices in relation to your research question(s).


A pre-master (bridging) programme is obliged for students with a professional bachelor degree. It includes subjects such as Art Philosophy, Performance Analysis, Research Methodologies and Arts and Humanities. Students gain an insight into new perspectives and develop skills in academic research, documentation and reflection. A portfolio is also required and will be continued throughout the master as the container for reflection. Depending on their previous studies, students with an (academic) bachelor degree in dance or performing arts might have to follow an individual preparatory programme. The pre-master will begin in the September 2019 preceding module one.


From the academic year 2019 - 2020, the Conservatoire will also organize the Master in Dance & Education. In this programme you will be trained to become a Teaching Artist, whereby the embodied artistic research as an artist and as a teacher are integrated. You will investigate how to share your passion with a diverse audience and how to work in an educational way with specific target groups. 

Students will combine the master's programme in dance, with subjects such as teaching methodologies, internships and project work. The programme concludes with a Master Final Project that addresses both aspects of the discipline and education. 

Students choose either a 120 credit two-year full-time programme or the Master in Dance for 60 credits followed by 60 credits of the Master in Dance & Education.  For more information you can check the programme of the Teaching Artist Dance.