Programme: “Movement Theatre – Dance Theatre”

Established: 2002

Educational Degree: Bachelor

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)

Form of Education: Full-time



Contemporary physical and dance theater is a space for expression of the human body, voice and emotions, with unlimited options for stage presentation of styles ranging from the surreal avant-garde to the post-dramatic theater. The “Dance Theater” programme corresponds to the historical trends in the development of European schools, as well as to the demands of contemporary audiences. The educational goal is for students to master classical and modern dance techniques and methods for the development of the human body; to get acquainted with the leading European practices; to master teamwork in a way which reveals their creative potential and individuality.

Educational priorities include modules on dance synthesis (4 modules: dance etude, dance monologue, dance miniature and dance performance); dance, combat and acrobatic techniques; acting. Mastering these areas begins with basic dance techniques: Bulgarian, classical and modern; stage speech; movement improvisation, mask theater. Compulsory disciplines are complemented by biomechanics, history of dance, stage fights and stunts, acrobatic techniques and other disciplines for mastering the potential of the body and its language. As an integral component of the students’ development, there are compulsory and elective courses, providing theoretical and historical knowledge in the fields of theatre and literature, music, fine and plastic arts, psychology, philosophy, aesthetics, mythology and religion, as well as additional professional skills in dubbing, vocal and speech, casting preparation, etc.

Program Director  “Movement Theatre – Dance Theatre”:

Dr. Alexander Mandjukov






Academic Team:

Dr. Alexander Mandjukov (Contemporary Dance Techniques, Modern Dance Techniques, Dance Synthesis, Jazz Dance), Prof. Dr. Petya Tsvetkova (Dance synthesis, Contemporary Dance Techniques, Jazz dance), Assoc. Prof. Yasen Vulchanov (Classical Dance Technique, Ethno-folk Dances, Special/Character Dances), Dr. Teya Sugareva and Boyan Arsov (Drama Theatre Acing), Prof. Dr. Diana Borisova (Stage Speech), Prof. Dr. Kameliya Nikolova (Introduction to the History of European theater, History of European theater, Contemporary European Theater), Prof. Svetoslav Ivanov (Biomechanics), Prof. Dr. Velimir Velev (Mask Theater, Clownade) Prof. Dr. Aneliya Yaneva (History of Dance), Venera Meleki (Interpretation of Vocal Genres, Music Training), Assoc. Prof. Dariya Koleva (Folk Dances, Ethnofolk Dances),  Dr. Margarita Bojilova (Classical Pantomime), Dr. Kamen Ivanov (Stage Fighting Techniques, Jazz Dances), Vessela Hadjiniklolva (Stage Acrobatics, Dance Acrobatics, Aerial Acrobatics), Ivaylo Dimitrov (Movement Improvisation),Dr. Rossitsa Nikolova (Accompanist), Hristo Chakarov (Ethnofolk, Bulgarian and Ritual Dances), Sylvia Manolova (Dance Synthesis), Boika Krusteva (Тerapeuthic Practices), Мichail Gerginov (Dance Synthesis);


Training is carried out in classes of minimum 8 students. Each class is tutored by professors, elected by the Department Council of the “Drama Theater Chair” and approved by the Faculty of Stage Arts Council as well as the NATFA Academic Council. Education in the programme can only be at a full-time basis and lasts for 4 years. All practical exams are public.



Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree “Bachelor of Arts” with professional qualification “Actor for Movement Theatre – Dance Theatre” and find jobs at profesisional theatres (state, municipal, private, independent), film and television productions, television and radio programs, dubbing studios, etc. They could also continue further their education in Master programs.



Obligatory application materials: three plastic etudes (up to 1.5 minutes each); three dance combinations with the respective technique (classical/historical, contemporary and folk, up to 1.5 minutes each); one fable, one poem, one monologue, one song.


Stage I:

Presentation of some of the obligatory plastic and dance materials at the candidate’s choice and/or at the choice of the Selection Committee.

Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in Stage II (III).


Stage II:

Presentation of the obligatory textual and vocal materials as well as assignment of individual dance and acting tasks at the choice of the Selection Committee.


Stage III:

Assignments of individual and group dance and acting tasks at the choice of the Selection Committee for the verification of the associative, improvisatory and adaptive capabilities of the candidates, followed by an interview on the candidate’s cultural background and creative ideas.

Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in the final ranking.