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Center of specific denomination, Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso".

Fundación de la Danza
Alicia Alonso

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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Pioneer institution

  • The Dance Foundation "Alicia Alonso" is the pioneer institution to which we owe the inclusion of dance in the Spanish higher education space and in the development of the official training of university postgraduate studies in the field of performing arts.
  • It has its antecedents in the Chairs of Dance "Alicia Alonso" founded at the Complutense University of Madrid (1992-1999), Alicante (1995-1999) and Jaume I of Castellón de la Plana (1997-1999).

Alicia Alonso Higher Institute of Dance

Center attached to the URJC

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.

Center Autonomy

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.

Advanced Studies in Dance

Merits and capacity of the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso" granted by the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid to teach Higher Grade Dance.

Consejería de Educación
of the Community of Madrid

The Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid in the 2000/2001 academic year, taking into account its merits and capacity, entrusted the Instituto Superior de Danza "Alicia Alonso", taking into account its autonomy and based on Decree 942/1986 of May 9, which establishes the rules for the realization of educational experimentation, to carry out the design and execution of the first study plans of educational experimentation.

Undergraduate studies
and specialties

With the elaboration of these plans, the implementation in Spain of the Higher Degree studies in Dance, in the specialties of Choreography and Performance Techniques and Dance Pedagogy, official qualifications equivalent for all purposes to a University Degree and valid throughout the national territory, is materialized.

Academic merits

White Paper

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. 

Advanced studies

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.

University master's degrees

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.

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Institutional and academic excellence

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.

Career Path

Throughout its existence, it has produced one hundred and ninety original dance and dance-theater works that are registered in the INAEM's Music and Dance Documentation Center ( and has given more than four hundred performances in different theaters and national and international festivals.


Artistic excellence

As a center of artistic excellence, it has received numerous national and international awards, such as the following:

  • National Prize Cultura Viva 2005 to the Best Institution of Higher Education in Dance awarded by a jury composed of prominent personalities of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas y de la Cultura, for its international projection, its contribution to research and its promotion of quality artistic creation.
  • In 2014 she received the Grand Prix of the Alassio International Dance Competition 2014, Genoa, Italy, for her international pedagogical work.
  • She obtains in 2017 the Grand Prix City of Barcelona for her pedagogical contributions to the development of classical dance and her international dissemination work, among a long list of national and international awards and recognitions.