The Brussels school for contemporary dance P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) offers a curriculum in two separate cycles: a Training cycle and a research project Research Studios. Previously, both cycles took two years each, but in 2013 the Training cycle was extended to three years. In this way, the programme reconnects with the early years of PARTS (1995-2000), when the programme also consisted of three study years. The Research Studios were developed into an autonomous research trajectory, which is detached from a direct preparation for a career in the professional field.
The three-year Training cycles is organised only once every three years, which makes the program very exclusive. The first generation of students started their course in 2013; in September 2016 a second group will start. The first generation consisted of 53 students at the start. In June, 35 of them will graduate.
The Training cycle is concluded with a small creation directed by an experienced choreographer. Every student dances in one of these pieces. PARTS invited five choreographers to create a new work over a period of 6 weeks. These five creations and a selection of personal work by the students go on Tour in June and can be seen in theaters in Belgium and some neighboring countries.