Basic training stage dance certificate course

With immediate effect, there will be no new calls for applications for the Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Contemporary & Urban Dance (HF ZUB) including the bachelor's degree (BA UCD) and the basic stage dance training programme (GAB diploma and certificate courses) and no new classes will be offered.

Current courses will continue and students will complete their studies as planned.


The certificate course for stage dance is a multi- and interdisciplinary training program for contemporary and urban dance languages. Students are taught the resources and skills that they will later need as a basis for further specialization, HF Stage Dance, Bachelor or similar, or for starting a professional dance career. 

The course is aimed on the one hand at students who are attending an arts and sports school, are receiving a sports diploma or are at another school that allows them to complete dance training at the same time, and on the other hand at prospective stage dancers, teachers and choreographers who wish to train and further their education in individually chosen subjects. Students on the certificate course take part in the regular classes of the diploma course in their chosen subjects. By participating in the diploma course, students benefit from its consistent curriculum structure and focus. In principle, certificate students have access to all the courses offered on the diploma course. As the students only attend classes in their chosen subject areas, they are expected to work independently on the certificate course.

The one to four-year basic training of the certificate course, which imparts a broad theoretical knowledge with practical relevance, enables students to face the constantly changing training and job market with great flexibility. As one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind in Switzerland, we work with the experience of well over 1000 successful graduates. The graduates of the certificate course for contemporary stage dance of the Basic Training for Stage Dance, formerly Zurich Dance Theater School, can be found all over the world in a wide variety of positions in the performing arts. A qualified and competent team of teachers with many years of stage and teaching experience teaches at the basic stage dance training program.