Contemporary Dance

Next Admission: TBC

Course Brief

Full-time undergraduate programme

Tuition Fee*: 1900 EUR/ per year

*Citizens from countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia or offer scholarships for Latvian citizens can apply for the Latvian state scholarships. For more information and the list of eligible countries visit:

Language of Tuition: Latvian

Duration of studies: Three years

Degree: The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance

To programme aims to train theoretically and practically educated, independent and creative professionals to become contemporary dance artists (choreographers, dancers, researchers), who would be competitive in the field of dance art both in Latvia and abroad.

The contemporary dance programme is designed for students who possess strong technical abilities, as well as interest and insight in culture, in particular, the art of dance. They are open-minded, imaginative and bold and in excellent physical condition to withstand the load of studies. 

The programme is designed to expand students’ understanding of both the practical and theoretical dimensions of dance, to introduce them to different theories, methods and techniques in the discourse of contemporary dance as well as to give general knowledge in the field of arts and humanities altogether. An integral part of the studies is dedicated to revealing and stimulating the creative potential of each student individually.

Within the general required (part A) courses students are provided with the historical background of arts, literature, music, philosophy and psychology.

Within the speciality based required (part B) courses students are provided with integrated theoretical knowledge and practical skills in different courses in the field of dance, such as, the Composition and Choreography of Modern Dance; the Technique, Theory, Methodology and History of Contemporary Dance; Improvisation and Contactimprovisation; Theory, Methodology, Techniques and History  of Classical Dance; Theory, Methodology, Techniques and History  of Classical Modern Dance; Functional Anatomy; Feldenkrais Method; the Fundamentals of Acting and Directing; Theories of epistemology of the body and movement, methodologies and techniques in the discourse of contemporary dance (Yoga, Chen Taijiquan, Aikido); etc.

Students of the programme have the opportunity to work not only with the professors of the Latvian Academy of Culture, but also with various renowned guest-lecturers from all over the world. In addition, during their studies students will participate in various international projects and contemporary dance events both Latvia and abroad.

Graduates of the programme are shaping the field of dance art in Latvia. They are able to carry out creative, professional, artistic, innovative activities in contemporary dance, perform with national and international dance companies and are master advocates and administrators for the art form. They are able to cooperate with artists from other disciplines or art, to work both individually and in team, to understand the professional code of ethics of dance art, to evaluate the impact of their professional and creative activities on the environment and society as a whole.


Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities

Students acquire the ability to orient themselves in different typologies and periodization systems of culture, as well as familiarize themselves with the different concepts of culture and art, thus gaining an understanding of the different principles of aesthetic thinking.

Contemporary Dance

Students are provided with an in-depth insight into the art of contemporary dance, its creative, artistic, theoretical and research dimensions. The courses develop student's analytical abilities, creative and practical skills, as well as the ability to work in the context of other fields of art.

Work placement

Work placement in the professional environment of dance companies, theatres, concert organisations, educational institutions, etc. strengthen the specific knowledge, skills and abilities acquired in the study process. Required practical work can be implemented in various forms, for example, as a choreography for dance, theatre or poetry performance, as participation in a theatre or concert performance, as assistance to choreographers, stage directors or dancers, in a form of dance classes or in a form of any other practical activity that corresponds to the study programme Contemporary Dance.

All applicants must submit:

1) A completed application form;

2) A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);

3) A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) A copy of the secondary school centralized examination certificate with results in Latvian and English (or German or French as a foreign language) (the original should also be presented)*;

5) Two photos of the applicant (3x4 cm);

6) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 20.00 EUR

*Before applying for studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture the international applicants are required to undergo the procedure of recognition of their secondary education certificate at the Academic Information Centre (for further information please see: )

The admission tutor may request academic references at a later date as well to help make a decision on your application.

Please make sure that your application is received within the application period. 

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:

  • The secondary school centralized exams in English (or German or French as a foreign language)* and Latvian**;
  • The auditions carried out during the application period at the Latvian Academy of Culture. The auditions consist of three rounds. Each round is evaluated independently on a scale from 0-100 points. In order to continue through the audition process, the applicant must receive at least 40 points in each round.

Round 1 – the Technique of Classical and Contemporary Dance

Under the supervision of the admission commission, all applicants take part in one contemporary dance technique session and one modern dance technique session.

Criteria for assessing the first round of auditions (on a scale from 0-100 points):

The ability to perceive and complete the task, the coordination of movements, musicality and sense of rhythm, the artistic and physical potential.

Round 2 – Improvisation

The referee participates in the dance-class improvisation class, improves on the topic of the topic in the improvisation structure.

Under the supervision of the admission commission, all applicants take part in one dance improvisation session and complete the task on the given theme and in the given structure of improvisation.

Criteria for assessing the second round of auditions (on a scale from 0-100 points):

Improvisation abilities, the coordination of movements, the sense of rhythm, space and time, the ability to feel the partner and the group, the artistic and physical potential.

Round 3 – Composition and Interviews

Part 1 - All applicants prepare a performance on the spot (the task and performers are selected by the admission commission);

Part 2 – The individual performance and the interview. Each applicant creates and presents a solo performance (the task for the dance is given by the admission commission), as well as engages in a conversation with the members of commission about various issues of culture and arts, especially in the field of contemporary dance. During the interview, they also have to explain their motivation to study in this programme.

Criteria for assessing the third round of auditions (on a scale from 0-100 points):

Creativity and imagination, originality, the artistic and physical potential, the ability to carry out the creative idea in a performance, the artistic and physical quality, the artistic quality of the solo performance.

*International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language) can take it on the spot at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the application period.
**International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad are required to register their average mark in their Mother Tongue and their average mark in Literature, which are both recorded in their secondary education certificate.

The Head of the Programme: prof. Olga Žitluhina,

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure:

Olga Žitluhina
Profesore, horeogrāfe, dejotāja, Kultūras akadēmijas bakalaura studiju programmas “Laikmetīgās dejas māksla” vadītāja, „Olgas Žitluhinas dejas kompānija” mākslinieciskā vadītāja, Starptautiskā laikmetīgās dejas festivāla „LAIKS DEJOT” - mākslinieciskā direktore.

Horeogrāfe izrādēm: poētiskās dejas traģēdija „Viens un Divi” (2014) „Daiļslidošana” (2013) „Breikeri arī runā” (2013), „Ārā” (2013), rokoperai „Lāčplēsis” (2013), „Pie bagātās kundzes” (2013) „Saules taka” (2013), „Mazāk domāsi, ātrāk skriesi” (2012, „Ursus maritimus” (2011), „Divpadsmitā nakts” (2010), „Aplam” (2010) un daudzām citām.

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