A school that gives every pupil every opportunity

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. At the end of the programme, we facilitate their integration in the world’s largest companies. 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!

  • 9 ultra-equipped dance studios, including an auditorium
  • 8 classes dedicated to study and tutoring
  • A library
  • Boarding for 100 pupils
  • Flats to accommodate residential artists
  • A bright and functional restaurant with an outdoor garden courtyard
  • Several offices dedicated to paramedical arrangements

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 (osteopathy and injury prevention, nutrition, podiatry, physical and mental coaching)
  • A warm and welcoming location for student boarders
    A collective ‘lounge’ area with leisure facilities
  • A ‘buddy’ system for new students by pupils from the previous cycle

Education for life

  • A charter focused on soft skills, respect and humanity, adopted by pupils 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.

“Our students are trained to become great dancers, but also mindful and responsible individuals”

Pedro Carneiro
Artistic Director

 

Graduate of John-Cranko Schule, Pedro Carneiro has danced at the Stadttheater Hagen and Oper Bonn, as well as being in the Lisbon National Ballet for 12 years. Having completed his training at Vaganova Academy, he devoted 22 years to classical dance and repertoires, along with character dance, pas de deux and classical dance methods.
As a teacher, he has enjoyed the privilege of being invited to share his experience worldwide: in Asia, (Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China), and also in the United States, Brazil and across Europe (France, Belgium, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia).
Pedro Carneiro has also been a member of the Jury in more than 60 major international competitions.
After 14 years as director of the National Conservatory Dance School (NCDS) in Lisbon, he now embodies the humanistic vision of the Mosa Ballet School and the new path it is opening towards excellence.

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« We must be our pupil’s primary supporters »

Pedro Carneiro
Artistic Director

A day at Mosa Ballet School

Our students continue their general education, in addition to choreographic teaching from Monday to Friday. Saturdays and Sundays are free.
Boarders may return home at the weekend.
Those whose home is too far away are accommodated by hosting families, chosen with the utmost care.

7:30 – 8 am
A busy day begins with a balanced breakfast! Departure for general lessons.

8:15 am – 12:15 pm
Obligatory lessons at the Athénée Charles Rogier, a 200m walk from our premises. Students are integrated in classes with non-dancers, in order to encourage mixing, integration and their mastery of French

12: 15 – 1 pm
Return to Mosa Ballet School for lunch. The menus are designed by a specialist in top-sport nutrition.

1 – 3:30 pm
Instruction in dance and related disciplines: lesson in classical dance (bar, centre, points, variations, pas de deux, etc.), character dance, or contemporary techniques for older students; improvisation, stage and musical expression, and history of dance.

3:30 – 4 pm
Yoga, Pilates, Tai-chi and ‘self-care’ session, to suit requirements (osteopathy, physiotherapy, podiatry, coaching, etc.)

4:30 – 6:30 pm
Continuation of dance lesson (timetable depends on level)

7 – 7:45 pm
Time to relax together at dinner, which is always varied and delicious.

7:45 pm
Time to study/free time. A common and comfortable leisure area is provided within the boarding school.

9 – 10 pm
Lights out (time depends on the children’s age)

A day at MOSA © Olympe Tits

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 20 hours of dance lessons (and associated activities) per week at the first level and reach about 35 hours 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.

Students attend their general education at the Athénée Charles Rogier.

Teaching is delivered in French.

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

The schedules are adapted to the dancers by combining the best school curriculum and intensive dance practice.

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

1st level 2nd level 3rd level
1st level 2nd level 3rd and 4th level 5th and 6th level
French 6 5 5 5
Math 4 5 5 2
History 2 2 2 2
Geography 2 2 2 2
Sciences 3 3 3 3
Language 1 4 4 4 4
Philosophy 2 2 2 2
Music 1 0
Drawing 0 1 0
Total number of hours 24 24 23 20

The morning is followed by a lunch break directly after return to the Mosa Ballet School.
The afternoons are dedicated to choreographic teaching.

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.

We also support you in your potential visa grant process.

If dance lessons are provided in English, general education is provided in French.

Of course, if you do not speak French, we advise you to familiarise yourself with the language.

Furthermore, the Mosa Ballet School offers intensive French courses during August preceding the arrival at school. These courses are offered at a very affordable rate. We can also refer you to external entities that are known for their efficiency. Moreover, students who have difficulty due to language at the beginning of the school year are specifically supervised.

The curriculum of general secondary education and dance training are independent of each other. Therefore, a student may advance to the next year in dance but not in general education and vice-versa.

Secondary education in Belgium is organised across 6 years. Evaluation is ongoing throughout the school year. Examination sessions are held in December and June. The student is evaluated by the Class Council. In the event of failure, the student may be required to retake one or more exam subjects at the end of August. Their transition to the next higher year is conditional on successfully passing this exam.

The success of the artistic year and the transition to a higher level in dance is evaluated by the teaching teams and the Artistic Director of the Mosa Ballet School.

The two educational entities are closely linked in order to understand the specific situation of each student.

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 to accommodate interns who cannot return home during weekends and school holidays.

For pupils aged 16 and over, it is also possible to stay at the boarding school during the weekends, with a catering formula included (more detailed information will follow)

A mandatory half-board package is provided for students who do not reside at the boarding school.

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 years, students will be able to attend competitions in Belgium and abroad. These tests are highlights of the training and will allow students to learn how to manage performance stress while promoting the quality of the school.

More specifically, during the 6th year, the school will offer its students the opportunity to perfect and prepare to join the largest 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.