Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Dance Department

DANCE - Ballet Pedagogy, first-cycle

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

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from 2020-05-01 to 2020-05-31 23:59:00




Having obtained the intended learning outcomes, graduates in the Specialty of Ballet Pedagogy obtain a BA degree (licencjat) and a teaching qualification. They are prepared to teach dance in all techniques, forms and  styles included in the curriculum of ballet schools. They are also predestined to teaching theoretical subjects connected with the art of dance. They have professional and teaching qualifications necessary to work at different institutions of culture, schools, ensembles, clubs, etc.

Classes are held in a form of sessions (Sundays, Mondays) every two weeks and continuously during winter session (January/February) and summer session (June/July).

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • test of practical and theoretical skills covering the techniques, styles and forms of dance: classical, contemporary, folk and characteristic dance – sending audio-video recordings
  • discussing separate theoretical topics covering the techniques of classical, contemporary, folk and characteristic dance – online test (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material

Stage 1 – test of practical dance skills:

    • portfolio in a pdf format signed with name and surname should be sent to:
    • video files in MP4 format – sending audio-video recordings 
      • test of classical dance skills:
        • presentation of classical dance elements, video file (3 minutes)
      • test of contemporary dance skills:
        • presentation of contemporary dance elements, video file (2 minutes)
      • test of folk dance skills:
        • presentation of folk dance elements, video file (2 minutes)
      • test of characteristic dance skills:
        • presentation of characteristic dance elements, video file (2 minutes)

Stage 2
Theoretical topics:

    • candidates must know: ballet repertoire, components of a lesson, e.g., “petit adagio”, “grand allegro”, poses, types of pirouettes, port de bras, pas de bourrée, etc.
    • candidates must be familiar with the basic principles of Martha Graham’s technique
    • candidates must master the development of various forms and functions, steps and figures of national and regional Polish dances
    • theory — candidates must: be able to attribute dance forms to particular nations, be familiar with the characteristic features of Russian, Hungarian and Spanish dances.


  1. I. Turska, Krótki zarys historii tańca i baletu. Warszawa 1983.
  2. J. Rey, Taniec jego rozwój i formy. Warszawa 1985.
  3. B. Sier-Janik, Post Modern Dance. Warszawa 1995.
  4. I. Turska, Spotkanie ze sztuką tańca. Kraków 2000.
  5. R. Lange, O istocie tańca i jego przejawach w kulturze: perspektywa antropologiczna. Poznań 2009.
  6. A. Rembowska, Teatr Tańca Piny Bausch. Sny i rzeczywistość. Warszawa 2009.
  7. W. Klimczak, Wizjonerzy ciała. Panorama współczesnego teatru tańca Kraków 2010.
  8. Tańcząc piórem. Nauka w służbie Terpsychory. Redakcja H. Raszewska. Warszawa 2014.
  9. Tomasz Nowak. Taniec narodowy w polskim kanonie kultury. Źródła, geneza, przemiany. Warszawa 2016
  10. Tańce polskie. Polonez, krakowiak.  Redakcja K. Carlos-Machej. Warszawa 2016.

Exceptions from admission procedure

Prize winners and finalists of artistic “Olympics” competitions at the central level will be exempt from the enrolment procedure from the subjects the competition pertained to. In such a case they obtain the highest number of points for these given subjects.

Date of exams

06.07.2020 - 10.07.2020 (on-line)