P.A.R.T.S. has a full-time programme, requiring full commitment from its students. The continuous efforts expected of a dancer's body call for a corresponding level of health awareness. The school makes a contribution by offering daily macrobiotic meals to the students. Moreover, several courses in the curriculum are devoted to the improvement of physical health.
P.A.R.T.S. is also an international programme. The approximately 50 artists and lecturers who teach at the school come from Belgium, other European countries and the United States. At any moment the students represent over 20 different nationalities, coming from all corners of the world. The working language is English.
P.A.R.T.S. offers two independent programmes: the basic Training Cycle (three years) and the advanced Research Studios (two years).
The Training Cycle is destined for young dancers and choreographers between 18 and 23 years old who want to start a professional education to be a dancer or choreographer. In the curriculum of the Training Cycle, the students gain an insight into the technical foundations of contemporary dance and they are confronted with the specific P.A.R.T.S. approach, characterized by an emphasis on body awareness, theatre and musical training, the development of creative and compositional skills, and theoretical reflection. The programme does not offer separate tracks for dancers and choreographers, assuming that a dancer nowadays has to be a co-creator, and that a choreographer’s craft is rooted in the physical work in the studio, whatever form it finally takes. All students follow the same programme, and from the end of the 2nd year onwards there are certain periods in which students can choose between several options with a different focus.
A new Cycle begins only every three years. The next start of the Training Cycle will be in September 2019 and auditions will be organized between January and April 2019. The following cycle will start in September 2022.
A school year counts 36 class weeks, starting in the beginning of September and running until the end of June. There are four holiday periods, in November (one week), around Christmas (three weeks), in February (one week) and around Easter (two weeks).
Classes generally start at 8.30 and last until 17.30 or 18.30, from Monday until Friday. There is a lunch break of 75 minutes. In some periods there may also be classes on Saturday afternoons. There is an average of 36 class hours per week.
Studios (from 2019 onwards)
The Studios programme will be the follow up of the Reserach Cycle (2000-2014) and the Research Studios programmes (2016-2018) The Studios programme targets choreographers and performance makers who want to deepen and widen their experience as a maker through advanced study and artistic research. The program consists of workshops, seminars and the creative processes of the participants. The core of the program is collective work, complemented by individual research.
A student who successfully finishes the Training Cycle or Research Studios receives the P.A.R.T.S. Training Diploma or P.A.R.T.S. Research Diploma.
Although the school is financed by the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community, the P.A.R.T.S. diplomas are not legally recognized by the authorities. But the professional field considers the P.A.R.T.S. diploma’s as equivalent to a Bachelor degree (Training Diploma) or a Master or post-Master degree (Research Diploma). Moreover, it is not very difficult to use the P.A.R.T.S. diploma to obtain equivalencies in order to get an official Bachelor’s degree or to get (full or partial) access to Master programmes in other universities in Belgium or abroad.