The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, or the “Professional Dance Conservatory,” is a dance academy located in the Paseo del Comandante Fortea in the district of Moncloa-Aravaca. Operating under the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid (Spain), this public dance school has a great tradition for educating and training some of Spain’s most prominent dancers in a variety of dance genres.
An institution with a long history and great tradition, the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza was founded in Madrid in 1942 by Urrestarazu D. Pedro Artola, a renowned musician who was looking to give back to the community. Today the academy is located in Fortea, situated between the French Bridge, the Principe Pio, the Parque del Oeste and the Casa de Campo.
The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza provides both academic instruction and focused, professional training in the field of dance and choreography. The school’s collective faculty has decades of teaching and performing experience in all forms of dance, ranging from ballet to Spanish dance to many different types of contemporary styles.
The curriculum offered by the Professional Dance Conservatory of Fortea goes well beyond the mere academic and practical mastery of dance skills. It also includes other aspects inherent to dance, including the aesthetics behind the medium and the cultural and historical aspects of the art form. This ensures that every student hat takes part in the academy’s programs, regardless of age or skill level, receives a well-rounded education that touches on all facets of the field. In addition, students attending the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza are given the opportunity to attend the school’s “Choreographic Workshop,” where they learn the basics of planning and rehearsing dance routines.
According to the faculty and administration of the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, “the ultimate goal of the school’s dance education curriculum is ‘public performance’.” The conservatory regularly opens its doors to the public, who are welcome to watch students train for upcoming performances. Participants of the school have gone on to dance in performances held at venues such as:
- The Royal Theater
- The Madrid Theater
- The Fairford Theater
- The Carmen Conde Majadahonda Theater
- And many others
The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza also has agreements and collaborates with a number of prestigious international dance institutions, including:
- The Dance Conservatory of Antwerp in Belgium
- The Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in Havana, Cuba
- And several other European dance companies
In the 2006-07 school year, the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza participated in an international teacher and student exchange program, in which a teacher form the academy and several students were given the unique opportunity to live and study in Havana, Cuba for a semester, attending classes at the National Dance Company of Cuba and participating in several dance events.
Finally, it should also be noted that recently some of the alumni from the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza—16 in total, including one instructor—traveled to the United States to participate in the International Dance Festival, held in Washington D.C. Many of the students were honored (and much beloved by the crowd) for their Spanish dance performances. The trip was completely funded by the Ministry of Education for the Community of Madrid.
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