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The Master Dance Residency is a unique and fresh collaboration between the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and deSingel Arts Campus.


Residency ‘Embodied Artistic Research’

The Master Dance Residency is a unique and fresh collaboration between the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and deSingel Arts Campus.
It is a two-year programme designed to deepen dance artists’ individual artistic trajectories. It offers dance artists the opportunity to undertake practice-centred research, which is based on and led by the embodied artistic practices each participant brings in.

The concept of 'embodied artistic research' is the starting point of the Master Dance. Performance and dance practices consist, not only but largely, of embodied practices – practices that work in, through and out of the moving body.  How to embody knowledge? Which knowledge to embody?  When is such an embodiment artistic practice? How can we formulate strategies, frames and methods to deepen this practice? And at what point during this process can we talk of research? What does artistic research entail, when it is carried out through forms of embodiment? Which translations and other media than the body come into play when rendering artistic practice research?
Individual residency time, where you are supported by artistic advisers is alternated with collective and intensive workshops to broaden your knowledge around dance, choreography, dramaturgy, sound, curation, scenography, light design, fashion, documenting/archiving dance, writing and publishing.

This two-year trajectory is at the same time a residency at arts centre deSingel. The final master projects have the possibility to be presented at the Radiant Nights platform of deSingel. Radiant Nights happen four times throughout the season and focus on beginning or less-established artists.

Through a comprehensive approach, this master dance aims to thoroughly reconfigure what it means to be a dance artist today.


Student Profile

You are an artist, and you have worked in the field of dance (choreographer, performer, teacher, among others).
You wish to devote time to a set of concerns and questions in order to deepen your artistic practice. You wish to develop these questions, gain new inputs, tools and insights in order to expand your perspectives.
In your trajectory ‘embodied practice’ is essential. Any style or genre is welcome.
You hold a bachelor degree in the Arts. Please check the diploma and language requirements for further information.


The Flemish region wants to support international talent that wants to come to Flanders for a Master degree. For this they developed the Master Mind scholarship. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is very early in March so please check this in time: and contact


To follow the MA, it is required to have a BA diploma in Music and Performing Arts. For further information on diploma requirements, please click here.

In Belgium and in the Netherlands there is a distinction between academic and professional Bachelor. In case you have an academic Bachelor diploma, a pre-master is not required. In case you have a professional Bachelor diploma, it is mandatory to follow a pre-master (bridging) programme of 45 credits. The aim is to acquire preparatory academic competences to be able to use in the Master and to gain access from a professional bachelor's programme to an academic bachelor’s programme.
In addition, we might advise certain students to follow an individual trajectory in the pre-master. In this case, some subjects of the pre-master (bridging) programme will be recommended in order to complement their previous education.

The pre-master programme includes subjects such as Art Philosophy, Portfolio Research and Practice, Research Methodologies and Dance theory. Students gain an insight into new perspectives and develop skills in academic research, documentation and reflection. A portfolio is also required and will be continued throughout the master as the platform for reflection. 
The pre-master (bridging) programme is only accessible after passing the entrance exam of the Master Dance.

Optional integrated education: 
Educational Master in Music & Performing Arts - specialization Dance 

Since 2019, KCA also organizes the Educational Master in Music & Performing Arts -specialization Dance. In this programme, you will be trained to become a Teaching Artist, whereby the embodied artistic research as an artist and as a teacher are integrated. You will learn how to share your passion with a wide audience and how to work educationally with very specific groups. 

Students will combine the Master's programme in Dance, with subjects such as teaching methodologies, internships and project work. The programme concludes with a Master Final Project that addresses both aspects of discipline and education. Students choose either a 120 credit two-year full-time programme or the Master in Dance for 60 credits followed by 60 credits of the Educational Master in Music and in the performing arts - specialization dance. We advise an individual trajectory depending on the applicant’s professional and educational background. 

The Educational master in Dance is only accessible for students with a sufficient Dutch language proficiency level. More information can be found on the Dutch pages of our website