The school’s philosophy

What is the essence of our approach?

Mosa wants to embody the ballet school of tomorrow. The school’s mission involves reconciling the demands of excellence in ballet training, the humanity of their students and teachers, and impact on the community, through the “When we dance” social program.

What are the key points of Mosa’s teaching philosophy?

Pedro Carneiro, Mosa Ballet School’ General and Artistic Director clearly focuses on an education where the students are adapted to the reality of the current and future ballet world.  When you think about ballet education, you have to think “global”.

It’s important that students have not only a classical education, but also a very strong and full contemporary education. Nowadays, almost all companies are very eclectic, so the school will work with choreographers and have them make workshops and create pieces for the students to guarantee an eclectic education.

As far as learning techniques are concerned, Mosa will use Russian training that is adjusted and evolved to reality and useful to the students. Nevertheless, Pedro Carneiro also wants the students to get in contact with other schools of training (French, Danish, …), including techniques from choreographers like Forsythe or, if possible, Balanchine.

Personal balance and well-being of the students are at the heart of Mosa’s vision. Yoga, tai chi, Gaga are therefore part of the curriculum. Besides, a team of professionals will support the students, physically and mentally.

What does
“conscious competition” mean exactly?

The school’s base “conscious competition” reminds us that surely, you have to be competitive, demanding and put things at a higher level to be successful. But the idea is to be competing… with yourself. “Conscious competition” is what happens when you are competing to make the best out of yourself, in a positive way that is respectful to everybody. You then become not only a better dancer but also a better person: a future professional who is creative, independent, and has developed critical minds.

The students should always remain at the centre of the educational process. Ballet training is not about one teacher or about one ego, it’s about the students.

– Pedro Carneiro.

Disciplines taught

  • Classical Dance
  • Contemporary dance
  • Variations/ classical repertoire
  • Variations/contemporary repertoire
  • Pas de deux
  • Character dance
  • Choreographic workshops
  • Gymnastics

Yoga and Tai Chi modules will also be added.

Depending on the year of dance, the grid will be completed by theoretical lessons in music, dance history, anatomy, nutrition, production, self management or classical dance pedagogy.

This list is indicative and subject to change. The precise grids per year will be communicated shortly.

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Hourly load


The number of hours of dance training is gradually increasing to reach 26h30 in the third cycle.

At the same time, the schedule for the general education provided by the Athénée Charles Rogier is reduced from 26 hours in the first secondary year to 20 hours in the final cycle.

First year 13h (26 h of general education).