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Beijing Dance Academy

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Beijing Dance Academy
Established1954; 70 years ago (1954)
PresidentGuo Lei (郭磊)

The Beijing Dance Academy (BDA, Chinese: 北京舞蹈学院) is a municipal public professional dance college at Haidian, Beijing. The academy is the highest institution for dance education and assessment in the People's Republic of China, conducting the nationwide teacher qualification level examinations in Chinese dance.

The Beijing Dance Academy was established as the Beijing Dance School (Chinese: 北京舞蹈学校) in 1954, and turned into the Beijing Dance Academy with the approval of State Council and the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture in 1978. In 2000, its sponsorship was transferred to the Beijing Municipal People's Government. The Academy provides BA and MA degrees and has become the only institution of higher learning for professional dance education in China.

Words meaning "the Cradles of Dancers" inside the campus of Beijing Dance Academy.

The Academy, known as "the Cradle of Dancers" (Chinese: 舞蹈家的摇篮) and adjacent to Zizhuyuan Park, Haidian District, has about 600 in-service faculty and staff, and 2,500 full-time students apart from over 5,000 students from the School of Continuing Education. Every year, the School of Dance Grade Education trains over 50,000 teachers of dance grade examination at home and abroad, and nearly 500,00 students take the examinations at different levels.

The Academy now provides such divisions as the Department of Chinese Classical Dance, the Department of Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance, Ballroom dance Department, Ballet Department, Musical Department, Creative School (consisting of departments of Choreography, Modern Dance, Art Design), Humanities School (consisting of departments of Dance Studies, Art Communication, General Education, and Ideological and Political Science), Education School, BDA Youth Dance Company, School of Continuing Education, School of Dance Grade Examination and Affiliated Secondary School of BDA, involving academic areas of dance performance, dance studies, choreography, dance education, art design, etc.


  • The Department of Chinese Classical Dance
  • The Department of Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance
  • The Ballet Department
  • The Department of Choreography
  • The Department of Dance Studies
  • The Department of Social Dance
  • The Department of Musical Theater
  • The Department of Art Communication
  • The Department of Art Design
  • The Education and Research Center for Modern Dance
  • The Department of Liberal Arts
  • Graduate Faculty
  • The School of Continuing Education
  • The School of Dance Grading Examination and Education
  • The Affiliated Secondary School of BDA
  • Youth Dance Company

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "李一桐、金晨一拍即合 戲裡戲外都是閨蜜" [Li Yitong and Jin Chen hit it off right away and are best friends both on and off screen]. World Journal (in Chinese). 世界新聞網. 15 February 2021. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
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