Beijing International Dance Exchange

Starting in fall 2017, Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Dance Division will launch an international exchange program between the Conservatory and the Central Academy of Drama (CAD) in Beijing, China. One of the leading performing arts conservatories in China, CAD offers rigorous training in dance, theater, and music. Students from each school will spend a semester abroad studying at the partner school, expanding their knowledge of contemporary dance in this immersive international exchange experience.

This exchange program is open to Dance Division sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Conservatory students must apply for the program and be selected to participate by the Conservatory Dance Division. Participants must be in good academic standing, have strong dance technique, and have a strong understanding that they will serve as ambassadors for their school. While abroad, students will take a full course load of movement classes, but will not participate in academic courses; students should be prepared to complete their academic requirements either before or after the exchange.

Exchange students will pay the standard tuition schedule to the Conservatory, and are personally responsible for covering the costs of travel and travel insurance, visa processing fees, meals, and any incidental costs while abroad.

Royal Academy of Dance

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is the first performing arts institution in the United States to offer students a ballet teaching qualification in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), a global leader in dance education and training.

RAD is renowned for setting international standards in classical ballet training and dance teacher education. The partnership will allow students at the Conservatory to become eligible for Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status (RTS) once they complete both online coursework and a practical module. Currently, both aspects of the program are administered at the Conservatory’s Boston campus. The program is designed to expand a student dance instructor’s thinking, and ­has a strong emphasis on the evolution of movement, age and developmentally appropriate pedagogy, and movement theory.

The Royal Academy of Dance certificate opens the door to teaching in 80 countries and graduates will also be given access to the RAD International Jobs database.

The program takes two years to complete and is an addition to the students’ Boston Conservatory program of study. Students on the Royal Academy of Dance Access Route to RTS will complete the online portion of their coursework during the school year. The practical module is taught by instructor Gemma Williams, a RAD tutor who is now a part-time faculty member at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts 

This one-of-a-kind partnership between Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Walnut Hill School for the Arts enables Walnut Hill students to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance at the Conservatory in just three years. Walnut Hill students who are admitted into the program are expected to complete credit-bearing coursework in their senior year of high school, which transfers into the Conservatory and applies towards the Conservatory’s B.F.A. degree requirements. This allows Walnut Hill dancers to complete their Boston Conservatory degree in three years, rather than four.

This opportunity is for students who currently attend Walnut Hill School of the Arts.

Holland College

In 2018, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Holland College signed an articulation agreement that allows Holland College dance performance graduates to carry over up to 44 academic credits when they enroll in the Conservatory’s renowned Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance program. This helps reduce the amount of time and expense required for students to complete the Conservatory's degree program. Learn more.