The Dance Foundation "Alicia Alonso", has a Historical Patrimony valued at more than two million euros. In the year 2000, the center of specific denomination, Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso", through the Order 3908/2000 of the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid, has pedagogical autonomy of organization and management according to the Sixth Additional Provision related to the autonomy of the centers of higher artistic teachings of the RD 1614/2009 of May 3rd on higher artistic teachings.
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On May 16, 2001, an agreement was signed for the assignment, under the autonomous regime of the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" (Dance Foundation of the same name) to the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos under article 10 of the Ley de Reforma Universitaria, with the purpose of giving university status to this center. Likewise, on September 18, 2001, it was ratified by the Councilor of Education through the signing of a framework agreement which is an integral part of the assignment agreement in accordance with its seventh clause.
Three aspects stand out on the part of the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid. Firstly, that it considers of the greatest academic, scientific and cultural interest the affiliation of the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" to the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos for academic purposes. Secondly, that its duration is indefinite and thirdly, that its headquarters will be located in the Community of Madrid and that it will be procured by the Department of Education of the Community of Madrid.
It should be noted in this regard that the institutes and/or centers attached to universities, unlike their own, do not depend on the University, but are regulated by their statutes, the affiliation agreement and the rules that develop them in which the forms of cooperation in certain areas are established. The fact that the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" has signed an affiliation agreement with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in no way modifies the differentiated nature of both centers and therefore their autonomy cannot be superimposed.
In 2004, the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" was designated to participate in the design of the White Book of the University Degree in Dance within the III Call of the European Convergence Program, called by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Evaluation (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de Calidad). National Agency for Quality AssessmentThe "Alicia Alonso" Dance School was the first authorized center in Spain to offer higher dance degrees with full equivalence to a University Degree.
In the same way, it developed the design and implementation of the first Official Master's Degree in Performing Arts, the European Diploma of Advanced Studies in Performing Arts and the first Doctorate program in this branch of Art, in accordance with the affiliation agreement signed in 2001 under an autonomous regime with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
In 2009, it designed the Visual Arts and Dance Degrees, which it began to offer in the 2010/2011 academic year. In this same academic period, it designs and teaches the university master's degrees in Performing Arts and in Management and Leadership of Cultural Projects, becoming a European reference center for being the first to develop postgraduate degrees for dance professionals.
Currently the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" hosts the Spanish Delegation of the International Theatre Institute; World Organization of Performing Arts/UNESCO (ITI/UNESCO) and is part of the Executive Council of ITI/UNESCO, chairs the International Dance Committee/UNESCO and is a member of the Executive Council of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair of Universities and Centers of Higher Artistic Education composed of 42 universities from all continents.
As a center of artistic excellence, it has received numerous national and international awards, such as the following: