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see also First 4 steps!
and How international students, partners, teachers see the school


The main aim of the school is to help motivated and talented people to become artists.
Prepared, trained, autonomous, sensible, responsible, strong, healthy, balanced, cultured, innovative dance-artist.


Nil nocere! Do not harm! Ne árts!
Do not harm yourself, your partners, your environment!

γνώθι σαυτόν! / Gnothi seauton! / Know thyself! / Ismerd meg önmagad!

Preparatory Courses

Dance Intensive Course

Join in September or January. Come to the next audition to test your motivation, level and find the appropriate group.

three times a week, take Contemporary/Modern, Contact/Improvisation and Ballet classes.
two days a week take Contemporary Technique /Creativity classes
five days a week and combine the two above described possibilities


English Language Intensive Course for Dancers

Improve your English before you start the professional school where English is the main language of communication.

Entry processes

Send a video link and get personalized feedback.
Participate in a pre-audition workshop near your home, or at BCDA itself.
Send materials and register now, or not later than 8 days before the Budapest Final Audition.

Budapest Pre-auditions

BA and MA
12-13. March 2018. (Monday & Tuesday)
2-3. May 2018. (Wednesday & Thursday)

First Day
  9.30 – Arrival/Registration/Individual warm up
10.00 – Introduction
10.30 – Dance Classes (Contemporary, Ballet)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break, relaxation and conversations
13.00 – cca. 16.00 Dance Classes (Contemporary, Repertory, Improvisation)

Second Day
  8.30 – Arrival/Individual warm up, conversations
  9.00 – Dance Class (Folkdance, Contemporary, )
12.00 -13.00 Lunch break, relaxation and conversations
13.00 – cca. 16.00 Dance Class (Contemporary, Composition, Improvisation)

Program subject to changes

Dance classes will include: contemporary technique, contact, improvisation, folk dance, ballet, …
Please prepare to dance barefoot except: ballet shoes at ballet classes, and folk- or sport shoes at the folk class.
After the pre-audition everybody will get a personal feed back.

Please send materials not later than 7 days in advance:
Download and fill this form, please!
Send with requested attachments!
– CV
– video link (2-5 minute dance and/or class)
– motivation letter
– list of 15 topics of personal interest,
– 1 essay of 2-4 pages on one of the 15 topics
– portrait and full body photo

Try this new and simple way to apply your selected pre-audition: PRE-AUDITION QUESTIONNAIRE.

International Pre-auditions

see details


Budapest Final Auditions


BA, MA – 11-13. June 2018.
Please send materials not later than 7 days in advance:
Download and fill this form, please!
Send with requested attachments!
– CV
– Motivation letter
– list of 15 topics of personal interest, 1 essay on one of the 15 topics
– Portrait and full body photo
– Video (2-5 minute dance and/or class)

Study Plan

See study plan



BA Study Period

BA – 3 or 4 years, depending on previous studies, learning strategies, age, speed of personal development.
MA – 2 or 3 years.

School Years

BA – 36 weeks from the beginning of September to the Middle of June.
1-3 week holidays 4 times a year.
One week summer Creative Week.

MA – Individual program


5 periods of 5-8 weeks each


5 days of the week, optional weekend rehearsals.


8.15                   individual warm up in the studios
8.45 –10.15       dance classes
10.30–12.00      dance classes
12.00–13.00      lunch and time to relax/sleep
13.00 –               individual training program, rehearsals, theory classes, instrumental music classes


The school works in a former textile factory building. We rent 1500 m2 of studio space and lecture rooms, additional infrastructure. ________________________________________________________________________________

Obligations to get your diploma

Participation in classes of the curriculum
Creative research and performance experience
Written essays, verbal exams, writing and defending your thesis
Portfolio, lifeplans

After successfully fulfilling all of the above, the student gets her/his diploma that will be automatically accepted in the EU and examined (and mostly accepted) individually everywhere else. 


Ask: budapest@tanc.org.hu
Call: +36 1 250 30 46
Watch: youtube/budapesttanciskola
Get feed back: send your video link
Come: Perc utca 2. H-1036 Budapest



What is BCDA?

BCDA is the short name of Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy. It is a Budapest/Hungary based international school for young people who want to become a professional contemporary dancer or teacher.

What shall I learn during 3-4 years at BCDA?

You will learn
– a lot about yourself,
– about the society and culture around you,
– how to accept and how to change.

Practice and Theory:
Creativity, Dance and movement techniques, Learning strategies, Life strategies, Health care, Dance marketing, Instrumental music, …see details.

How shall I learn?

At BCDA the student is responsible for her/his success.
BCDA and teachers will give everything to achieve your goals.

What can I do with my BCDA diploma?

Your knowledge will be accepted everywhere.
Your diploma will be valid in the EU. It will be examined everywhere else, and will be accepted almost everywhere else.

Who will teach me?

First of all you will teach yourself.
You will learn a lot from your mates too.
The founder/director – Dr. Angelus Iván – started to teach dance in 1982.
Many of the teachers are his former students who, parallel to their dancer’s career, give classes
Ballet and Folk and other non directly contemporary disciplines are taught by the best teachers of each style.

See the detailed list.

Where do BCDA actual students come from?

Most students have previous training or take a year of intensive preliminary course provided by the school. The proportions are changing, year by year: nowadays students speak 14 different languages. The increasing cultural diversity is becoming an important factor of the cultural impact of the school.

What do former BCDA students do after school?

Most students become a professional dancer. Dancing and creating, and sometimes teaching comes together in their artistic practice. They often create in their own projects or establish their own companies. Others become members of international or Hungarian companies. Many of them start to teach children or amateurs. Others continue their studies in other international schools or through Erasmus projects. Freelancing internationally with mixed activities is very typical.

After having had a professional dance experience they often have an interest in movement related healthcare activities such as yoga, Alexander Technique, massage, … Those who find more distant professions can also transfer the school’s experience to their work and life.

See the detailed list of our former students and our alumni site under construction .

What is the opinion of guests, teachers, actual and former students?

Most partners highlight the personal treatment, the enthusiastic community, the innovative harmony of the continuously changing curriculum, the autonomous, creative orientation of the teaching. Visitors see and appreciate the balance of discipline and liberty. See testaments in a prezi or on you tube videos .

How can I become sure that this is my school?

Believe nobody else except yourself!

See performances.
See videos.
See classes at open days or by personal appointment.
Participate in the preparatory course.
Take workshops with our teachers.
Send video links and ask for feedback from our teachers.

Check if you like creating, rehearsing, performing.
Check if your body and personality wishes this career.
Check if you have talent, health, strength, money, support to learn dance.
Try to imagine yourself in the school's atmosphere, style, daily practice.

If you can say a sincere yes to all questions, we might agree with you.

How can I prepare for the audition and school years?

Clarify your motivation.
Dance a lot.

How to apply?

Download and fill this form, please!
Send with requested attachments!

Is a secondary school final exam indispensable condition of applying?

Under the actual law on higher education in Hungary anybody can start BA dance studies over 16 years without a secondary school final exam certificate as well, however that will be a condition of his/her diploma.

What happens at a pre-audition?

Pre-auditions are like a workshop. Applicants/interested students take classes, improvise, present their own solodances.
After dancing together we answer questions and give a personal feedback to those who ask for.

Do I have to pay for a pre-audition workshop, or the final audition?


What happens at the final audition?

Final audition is also a workshop situation. Applicants dance together, improvise, take dance classes: contemporary, contact, ballet, hungarian folk dance, make compositions, learn set sequences, present solo dances. Applicants talk to the members of the committee about their motivation, background, the 15 topics they have sent. Applicants or committee members may ask for the opinion of the school's physicist if necessary. At the end of the second – or if necessary the third day – we give  a personal feedback and decide and share the decision: YES or NO, or offer other special solutions.

How will my day, my week, my school year, my study years look like?

3 or 4 years, 36 weeks a year + 1 week in the summer , 5 days a week, 6-9 hours a day you will be in and around the school.
The program will demand all of your focus and ask you to be fully present with your time and energy.
You will work individually, in groups, led by your teachers and by your school mates.
You will dance in the studio, in the theatre, on the streets, …

What shall I have to realize to get my diploma?

Participate in classes
Work on individual and group tasks
Create and participate in performances
Write essays
Succed in exams
Write and defend your thesis
Prepare your portfolio and life-plans

How much do I have to pay?

Registration fee/non-refundable: 500 €
Tuition/semester: 1500 €

Can I get financial aid?

Ask for student loans in your own country.
Ask for school grants after a successful first semester. Part tuition grants are possible but possibilities are very limited.
Ask for grants from your municipality, state, region. Work to find helpers, sponsors, mecenas. You will need them after school too.

What other costs shall I have*?

Accomodation:    50 000
Food:                     70 000
Communication: 20 000
Dresses, shoes:    10 000
Insurance:               5 000
Culture:                   5 000
Sum:             cca. 160 000 HUF – cca 500 €

*  Very Minimal budget in 2017.

Rates in  September 2017 subject to changes.
1€ = 310 HUF
1 $ = 280 HUF

What is the legal status of BCDA?

Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy is a state acknowledged Hungarian Higher Education Institution operated under the Hungarian Laws of Higher Education (http://net.jogtar.hu/jr/gen/hjegy_doc.cgi?docid=A1100204.TV) since 2004 .

What do We think about our school?

Students, teachers, colleagues, partners are more enthusiastic, while teachers and staff are proud but more critical.
Read and listen to opinions of guest teachers and students and read the mission statement, self evaluation, and development strategy under construction for the next accreditation process coming soon.

How can I help the school?

Money: Sponsor students, performances, teachers, staff members, special expenses, … Become the school's Maecenas!
Spread your opinion about BCDA!
Be a voluntary partner!
Have other ideas!

See also:
BCDA in 4 steps



Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy (BCDA) is one of  72 Hungarian Higher Education Institutions. It has been founded and operated by New Performing Art Foundation. It has been accredited successfully twice by MAB –  Hungarian  Accreditation Committee. It's Founder/Rector is dr. Iván Angelus.

BCDA programs
BA in Contemporary Dance (3 years)
MA in Contemporary Dance Teacher (2 years)
MA in Contemporary Dance – FutuREsearch pilot program (2 years)

BA –  See summary
MA – General Program modified upon individual needs

Application process
– CV
– Motivation letter
– list of 15 topics of personal interest, 1 essay on one of the 15 topics
– Portrait and full body photo
– Video (2-5 minute dance and/or class)

Participate at a pre-audition (advised)
Get feedback based on your video and/or the pre-audition
Participate at the final audition (obligatory)

Auditions in Budapest
12-13. March 2018.
2-3. May 2018.

Final Audition
11 -13. June 2018.

Last Minute Check in Audition
13-14. August 2018.

Registration fee/non-refundable: 500 €
Tuition/semester: 1500 €

Payment information

Application form

Erasmus Program
Erasmus ID code: HU BUDAPES51



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An ideal route for becoming a professional contemporary dancer:

Early period
– safe childhood in a complete family, and friends
– more cooperative than competitive activities
– experience in many territories
– experience in amateur arts
– experience in dance, gymnastics, open air sports,

Middle period
– intensive courses
– intensive amateur company work
– orientation to clarify goals
– clear motivation
– collect allies
– select your school

Mature preparation period
– take 3-5 years of daily practice in an integrated training program
– take another 1-3 years in a different training program, and inspire yourself at intensive courses, festivals, workshops
– take 1-2 years of intensive wandering, small and medium projects of research, creativity, performing

Professional contemporary dancer life period
– freelance for a while
– join or create your own company
– change every 4 or 7 or 12 years
– enjoy your mature creative life


Let’s dance!



That’s dance!
That’s contemporary dance!

Come & Experience!
Come & Create!
Stay & Develop!

Go & Spread!
Enjoy it all the time!

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