A school that gives every student the best chance

Mosa Ballet School trains talented young dancers who are preparing for a professional career. At the end of the training course spread over 6 years, the students are ready to join the world’s largest companies. The school is open to young adolescents from the age of 12 (or having completed their primary education).

At Mosa Ballet School, excellence goes hand in hand with equal opportunities. We welcome all students, with their diverse backgrounds, and are committed to forging ahead with them. However, since life does not always turn out as we expect, we also offer them a firm foundation, thanks to a successful secondary school education. Our partnership with the Athénée Charles Rogier, a renowned establishment, is based on common values and ongoing dialogue between the teams. Special attention is paid to each student, with an integrated and all-round approach.

Why choose Mosa Ballet School?

A pedagogic and high-performance programme

  • An internationally-renowned team of instructors
  • Multidisciplinary teaching
  • Guest instructors run apprenticeships in the form of regular workshops
  • Regular feedback and always willing to listen
  • Multiple opportunities to go on stage
  • Numerous international partnerships

Quite simply the best possible infrastructure

A ‘playground’ of 10,000 m²!

  • 10 ultra-equipped dance studios
  • 4 classrooms
  • An auditorium for conferences
  • A library dedicated to study and tutoring
  • Boarding for 100 students
  • Rooms to accommodate residential artists
  • A bright and functional restaurant with an outdoor garden courtyard
  • A fitness room

A permanent focus on individual well-being

  • A “self-care” programme for the global management of students and to help them to grow in harmony (optional private consultations on request with experts like osteopaths, chiropodists, nutritionists, physical and mental coaches)
  • A warm and welcoming location for student boarders
    A collective ‘lounge’ area with leisure facilities
  • A ‘buddy’ system for new students by students from the previous cycle

Education for life

  • A charter focused on soft skills, respect and humanity, adopted by students and the pedagogic team
  • An involvement scheme for daily tasks at school
  • The involvement of students in the When we dance programme as an education in citizenship.

A school founded on a greater ambition

  • To promote the power of dance;
  • To bring well-being, good health and the joy of sharing to as many people as possible;
  • To make a positive and specific social impact

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FAQ

Students take about 13h of dance lessons (and associated activities) per week at the first level and reach 26h30 per week in the last cycle.
The grid provides the courses in classical, contemporary, repertoire, character dances, pas de deux, etc., and sessions in soft skills focusing on self-listening and breathing, such as yoga or Qi-gong (specific choices to be confirmed).
The precise list of the subjects taught in each learning level will be detailed shortly.

The students receive their general education at the Athénée Charles Rogier.

The teaching is given in French

Mosa pupils are integrated into a class with other pupils in traditional education and obtain their CESS in general secondary education at the end of the course.

For each student, a collaboration agreement is signed between the Athénée and the Mosa Ballet School.

The timetable is adapted for dancers, allowing them to reconcile their school curriculum with intensive dance practice. The timetable is adapted in agreement with the Wallonia-Brussels Federation for each level (6 classes in all).

The Mosa thus benefits from a programme that is different from the classic “sport-study” formulas that currently exist.

Classes are held at the Athénée (located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Mosa Ballet School) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.10am to 12.35pm (i.e. a maximum of five 50-minute periods per day). There is a 15 minute break from 9.50am to 10.05am.

The morning is followed by a lunch break on their return to the Mosa Ballet School.

The afternoons are dedicated to choreographic teaching.

 

1er year (26 hours) No. of hours
Philosophy course 1
Philosophy and Citizenship Education 1
French 6
Math 4
History 2
Geography 2
Language1 4
Science 3
Music 1
Education through technology 1
Maths activity 1

 

2e  years (25 hours) Number of hours
Philosophy course 1
Philosophy and Citizenship Education 1
French 5
Math 5
History 2
Geography 2
Language1 4
Science 3
Drawing 1
Education through technology 1

 

 

3e and 4e years (23 hours) Number of hours
Philosophy course 1
Philosophy and Citizenship Education 1
French 5
Math 5
History 2
Geography 2
Language 1 4
Science 3

 

 

5e and 6e years (20 hours) Number of hours
Philosophy course 1
Philosophy and Citizenship Education 1
French 5
History 2
Geography 2
Language 1 4
Math 2
Science 3

The Mosa Ballet School teams are at your side to ensure proper registration follow-up with the Athénée Charles Rogier, especially if you come from abroad.

As soon as a foreign student enrols, the Directorate of the Athénée Charles Rogier introduces an application for equivalence of a general education diploma in their name (conditional to successfully passing the current year) to the competent authorities.
The Athénée may already give a provisional opinion, but the official procedure lasts an average of one month. At the end of this procedure, several cases are possible:

  • the student is admitted to the school year equivalent to their level of training
  • the student may be placed into a lower school year. Example: a 15-year-old student from a country outside the European Union who has already studied for 3 years in secondary education in their country of origin might be admitted to a 3rd-year class rather than a 4th-year class, depending on the scale of equivalence applied by the competent authorities.
  • in the rare cases where a diploma equivalence cannot be found, the Mosa Ballet School and the Athénée Charles Rogier will look with you to find the best alternative to ensure your general education. Solutions exist, and we are here to support you in every way.

 

Dance lessons are taught in English, but general education is given in French.

If you do not speak French, we advise you to familiarise yourself with the language.

In addition, the Mosa Ballet School offers an Intensive French Course just before the start of the school year, from 16 to 27 August 2022, at the Athénée Charles Rogier (10 days – 5h/day – EUR 400). These courses are organised for groups of 3 to 8 students. The registration form will be available from April 2022.

The general secondary education curriculum and the dance training are independent of each other. This means that a student can go on to the next year in dance, but not in general education, and vice versa.

The two educational entities maintain a close dialogue in order to address the specific situation of each student.

In terms of dance:

The artistic director harmonises the dance classes according to the artistic level of the students and not according to their class in compulsory secondary education.

Successful completion of the artistic year, and passage to the next level in dance, is assessed by the teaching staff and the Artistic Director of the Mosa Ballet School. The conditions of access to the next level are defined in the internal regulations.

At the level of general education :

Secondary education in Belgium is organised over 6 years. Assessment is permanent throughout the school year. Examination sessions take place in December and June. The pupil is assessed by the class council. In the event of failure, the pupil may be asked to retake one or more subjects at the end of August and his or her passage to the next year is conditional on passing this test.

By transforming this bank headquarters into a “sustainable” artistic school, the team selected every detail to offer future students high-performance professional equipment and a bright, friendly living environment, which allows them to remain fully focused on their goals support their life balance.

The Mosa Ballet School offers 100 full boarding places in brand new facilities.
The boarding school is located in the Mosa Ballet School building proper in order to avoid travel and guarantee the safety of the pupils.

Meals, developed by a dietician, are taken in the bright and functional 120-seat school restaurant.

A green outdoor relaxation area is also provided, as well as paramedical support booths.

A host family system is in place for boarders who cannot go home during weekends/school holidays or for students who do not wish to stay at the boarding school during weekends.

It is also possible to stay at the boarding school during the weekends, with a catering package included.

For students who do not stay at the boarding school, there is a compulsory half-board option.

The training delivered at the Mosa Ballet School was designed as a “dance-studies” programme for students aged 12 to 18.
If students are no longer obligated to attend school in their country of origin, they can nevertheless complete the final training cycle (between 16 and 18 years old) under specific conditions.

Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

Depending on the year, students may take part in competitions in Belgium and abroad. These competitions are highlights of the training and allow the students to learn to manage the stress of the performance, while at the same time promoting the quality of the school.  The choice of competitions and the selection of students to take part in them is made by the Artistic Director.

More specifically, in the 6th year, the school will offer its students the opportunity to improve their skills and prepare to audition for international companies.

 

The opportunity to tread the boards and the resulting professional development are fundamental components of training. Students evolve through collaboration, not from a single, dedicated and associated company, but with diverse companies, stages and cultural players worldwide.

Students are asked to participate in shows produced by the school starting from the very first cycle. Young talented people will dance on the great regional stages (Opera, Theatre, etc.) during the following key moments: demonstration of the school with a selection of pupils, year-end gala, etc.

In general, all our teams are concerned with the health of the students.

Boarding school teachers are carefully selected to ensure that the children are well cared for and that they meet the requirements of their day.

The school puts together a team of experts to ensure the well-being and balance of its young talents, both physically and mentally.

The Mosa Ballet School offers a healthy diet, respectful of the health of its young dancers, but also respectful of the environment, favouring local, seasonal, organic or sustainable products and minimally processed, as well as menus and recipes developed under the supervision of the SiiN Institute.

The Mosa Ballet School is also setting up a Neuro-Nutrition® programme, a specific programme for the development, well-being and performance of dancers.

Throughout the year, information conferences, specific short courses, practical tools, breathing exercises, stress and emotion management workshops, lifestyle advice, etc. punctuate this personal development programme for all dancers.

The work is progressing according to schedule, with the aim of opening the school in perfect conditions at the start of the 2022 school year.

Visits (virtual or otherwise) will be organised before September for the first pupils and their parents.