CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training

Institute of Sport Science

Dance Science addresses training, lifestyle and performance of professional dancers as well as the effects of dance activities on different populations. With origins in sport science, dance science establishes a strong link between theory and practice.

In the CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training candidates will attain proficiency in the dance-related aspects of motor control theory, biomechanics and exercise science. The programme will thus enhance candidates' competency in developing and structuring training programmes that allow them to optimize teaching and learning processes in different dance contexts.

The applied CAS programme qualifies the absolvents to continue their study in the MAS in Dance Science programme of the University of Bern.

CAS Dance Science: Motor Learning and Training
Degree Certificate of Advanced Studies in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training University of Bern (CAS DSMLT Unibe)
Start 2022/03/12
Length 12.03.2022 till 12.02.2023
Scope 16 ECTS
Flexible entry possible No
Single module visitable No
Place Bern
Due to the pandemic situation and the related official requirements, we would like to point out that individual course modules or parts of them can be replaced by distance learning or postponed.
Language English
Admission Candidates must have a degree from a University, ‚Fachhochschule‘, vocational education or equivalent as well as having proof of appropriate experience in the field of dance or another movement related field. This requirement may be waived if the candidate displays exceptional experience in the dance field.
Registration until 2020/12/20
Cost CHF 4'500
Organising institutions Institute of Sport Science

The CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training of the University of Bern comprises 16 ECTS points and is part of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Dance Science. The CAS programme can also be completed separately.

The programme comprises 22 course days (147 contact hours) and 16 ECTS-points (ca. 480 working hours in total).

Teaching language is English.

Target audience

The continuing education programme in Dance Science addresses the following target audience from the field of movement, sports, and dance:

  • Dance professionals (dancers, teachers, choreographers)
  • Artistic directors of schools, dance companies and theatres
  • Human Movement Scientists/Sport Scientists
  • Physical education teachers
  • Physiotherapists, Mensendiek-therapists, Osteopaths, Alexander-, Feldenkrais-, Spiraldynamik-, Pilates- or Gyrotonic instructors
  • Experts in the area of medicine, psychology, pedagogy and education, nutrition, biology and biomechanics

Field of application

Graduates of the MAS/CAS in Dance Science are able to apply their knowledge in several ways:

  • They are able to improve the training and health of students, professional and amateur dancers through evidenced-based programmes that are both age and population specific.
  • They are able to collaborate in scientific research in the field of dance or sport science.
  • They are able to teach Dance Science principles in vocational dance programmes (e.g. dance or dance pedagogy).
  • They are able to advise directors of dance companies and schools/institutions on well-balanced and healthy training principles, as well as pedagogically responsible training for children, young adults and the elderly.
  • They are able to advise the leaders of senior care facilities on the implementation of dance training for the elderly that can improve their quality of life.
  • They are able to continue working professional as better-informed dancers, dance teachers or therapists.

16 ECTS points will be acquired within 12 months (February 2020- February 2021). The CAS programme in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training is compound of 150 contact hours and 330 hours of self-study (contact hours on weekends). The programme starts every other year in February of even years (2020, 2022, 2024...) and takes place in Berne, Switzerland.

Dates 2020/21

Weekend 1: 21-23 February 2020 (Fr, Sa, Su)

Weekend 2: 3-5 April 2020 (Fr, Sa, Su)

Weekend 3: 23/24 May 2020

Weekend 4: 20/21 June 2020

Weekend 5: 11/12 July 2020

Weekend 6: 15/16 August 2020

Weekend 7: 10/11 October 2020

Weekend 8: 12/13 December 2020

Weekend 9: 16/17 January 2021

Weekend 10: 13/14 February 2021

Dates 2022/23

Weekend 1: 12-13 March 2022

Weekend 2: 9-10 April 2022

Weekend 3: 14/15 May 2022

Weekend 4: 18/19 June 2022

Weekend 5: 16/17 July 2022

Weekend 6: 20/21 August 2022

Weekend 7: 8/9 October 2022

Weekend 8: 3/4 December 2022

Weekend 9: 14/15 January 2023

Weekend 10: 11/12 February 2023

Module 1: Motor Control and Learning

2 x 3 days (4 ECTS points)


  • Basics of coordination: motor control
  • Adaptation to coordination: motor learning and motor development (across lifespan), pathology of motor control


  • Experiments and exercises on motor control
  • Exercises and examples on motor learning for professional and amateur dancers
  • Inputs for teaching dance movements to children, adolescents, young and older adults, and people with disabilities

Module 2: Science of Training

3 x 2 days (4 ECTS points)


  • Basics and application field of the science of (dance) training
  • General aspects of training in sports and dance
  • Basics of motor abilities related to professional and amateur dancers

Training in professional dance:

  • Performance assessment and didactic principles of training across populations (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Theory and application of conditioning and coordination testing
  • Various training methodologies
  • Relaxation and sleep

Training with amateur dancers and dancers with disabilities:

  • Training methodologies with amateur dancers through lifespan
  • Execution of several conditioning and coordination tests
  • Characteristics of training with children and the elderly
  • Characteristics of training people with diseases and disabilities
  • Characteristics of dance as a performance enhancement in athletes

Module 3: Biomechanics

3 x 2 days (4 ECTS points)

Fundamentals I:

  • Basics of biomechanics I
  • Loading capacity of biological structures
  • Methods of movement analysis I

Fundamentals II/Application I:

  • Methods of movement analysis II
  • Technical aspects of dance floors
  • Introduction to the sensor-motor laboratory
  • Experiments with rotations and jumps
  • Video analysis in practice I

Application II:

  • Analysing and correcting movement
  • Video analysis in practice II
  • Introduction to force plate, accelerometers, electromyography
  • Statistical analysis of recorded data

Module 4: Embedded Research Skills

2 x 1 day (1 ECTS point)

Research Method I:

  • Understanding statistics: The principle of statistical testing, basics of statistics
  • Handling of numerical data sets
  • Structure of a scientific paper, searching and citing literature at the example of an analysis of dance training

Research Method II:

  • Evaluation of data in practice
  • Understanding statistics: repetition, exercises, question and discussion round
  • Analysis of dance training: practical assignments


The assessment of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training contains the following elements:

  • Presence at block appointments (minimal 90% in total)
  • Written exam with multiple choice and open-end questions
  • Written paper (analysis of a dance training)

The programme management decides based on above elements on the passing of the assessment and the issuing of the Certificate.

Organising Institution

Institute of Sport Science

Members of the programme management MAS/CAS Dance Science


  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Wenderoth
  • Derrick Brown
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Erlacher
  • Dr. Luke Hopper
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst-Joachim Hossner
  • Nico Kolokythas
  • Dr. Ralf Kredel
  • Edel Quin
  • Dr. Andrea Schärli
  • Dr. Rolf van de Langenberg
  • Prof. Dr. Matthew Wyon

Candidates must have a degree from a University, ‚Fachhochschule‘, vocational education or equivalent as well as having proof of appropriate experience in the field of dance or another movement related field. This requirement may be waived if the candidate displays exceptional experience in the dance field

The study fee for the CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training is CHF 4'500.

The fee has to be paid before the start of the course with the bill delivered, i.e., until by the latest 30 January 2022. In exceptions, payment with maximal 3 instalments is possible.

Application for the CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training until 20 December 2021.