The Accademia Teatro alla Scala is a private foundation and one of the leading European VET providers in the field of performing arts. Since 1991, it delivers training programs for all the profiles of the performing arts sector through four departments (music, ballet, technicians and management) and it is active at international level since the nineties with relevant researches and training programs funded by the EU and other public and private entities. The Accademia has been the project leader of several EU initiatives and provides on a regular basis its expertise to advise the Live Performance Sectoral Social Dialogue in Brussels. The total number of students attending Accademia’s courses and training offers is about 1.000/yearly while the permanent staff is composed by 80 professionals.
If we wish to find the roots of Teatro alla Scala’s vocation for transmitting to the coming generations the inestimable living heritage of talent and knowledge of the La Scala masters – not just dance and opera, but also creativity and manual skills – we must go back to 1813 and the founding of the Imperial Regia Accademia di Ballo, today’s Ballet School. The progressive diversification of the curriculum under the stewardship of Carlo Fontana led to the creation of the Schools, Training and Development Department in 1991 and the institution of the independent Fondazione Accademia Teatro alla Scala in 2001. The curriculum comprises four departments – Music, Dance, Stage Workshops, Management – with some thirty courses for over one thousand students from every corner of the world: approximately 500 for professional courses and 500 for beginning courses. The teaching method provides daily field experiences in the form of concerts, performances, exhibitions and seminars, culminating in the Academy Project, a yearly feature of the Teatro alla Scala opera season produced entirely by students
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