Cultural Directory of Slovakia - Conservatory

Founded in September 1992, the Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory, Banská Bystrica is the youngest of the four state conservatories in Slovakia. The Conservatory bears the name of leading Slovak composer Ján Levoslav Bella (1843-1936), who from 1859-1863 studied in in Banská Bystrica and from 1865-1869 taught music and singing at the Theological Seminary.
Originally established in 1979 as the Music and Dance School, the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory was the first state school in Slovakia to teach professional dancers.Graduates of the Conservatory are given the highest academic education in classical, modern and folk dance. The Conservatory co-operates closely with the Slovak National Theatre - Ballet and the Slovak Folk Art Ensemble (SĽUK), as well as with other musical theatre companies, and is also a participant in many international shows and events.