Beijing Dance Academy is a full -time institution of higher learning with commitment to cultivating excellent professional dancers, choreographers and dance researchers. Founded in 1954, its predecessor Beijing Dance School was the first professional dance school ever established since the founding of People’s Republic of China. The Academy provides BA and MA degrees and has become the only institution of higher learning for professional dance education in China, as well as the largest prestigious dance academy with comprehensive concentrations in the world.
The Academy, known as "the cradle of dancers", is located just north of Zizhu (Purple Bamboo) Park in the Haidian District of Beijing. Currently, it has about 600 full-time faculty and staff, and 2500 full-time students apart from over 5000 students from the School of Continuing Education. Every year, the School of Dance Grade Examination trains over 50,000 teachers of dance grade examination at home and abroad, and nearly 500,000 students take the examinations at different levels.
The Academy now provides such divisions as the Department of Chinese Classical Dance, the Department of Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance, Ballroom Dance Department, Ballet Department, Musical Department, Creative School (consisting of departments of Choreography, Modern Dance and Art Design), Humanities School (consisting of departments of Dance Studies, Art Communication, and General Education), Education School, BDA Youth Dance Company, School of Continuing Education, School of Dance Grade Examination and Affiliated Secondary School of BDA, involving academic areas of dance performance, dance studies, choreography, dance education, art design, etc. The Academy has been enrolling international students since 1955 and, so far, the students from scores of countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada and Singapore are studying at the Academy, for postgraduate, undergraduate and secondary education as well as professional trainings.
The Academy has signed cooperation agreements with dozens of universities and professional institutions in countries and regions including the UK, the US, Italy, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Austria, Hong Kong and Taiwan for sustainable inter-institution cooperation involving teacher and student exchanges, joint choreography and performances, and cooperative dual-degree projects.