The origins of the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Madrid can be traced back to 2001, when the Regional Education Ministry of the Autonomous Community of Madrid provisionally established 'Superior Grade' (i.e. higher-education) dance studies on the premises of the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza (RCPD) "Mariemma", with the introduction of the Dance Pedagogy speciality, pending the choice of the definitive building to house the new Conservatorio.

September 2006 saw the creation of the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Madrid “María de Ávila” (CSDMA) on its current premises, in a refurbished building within the Lujanes estate, shared with the "Federico Moreno Torroba" Integrated Musical Studies Centre. It was then that a second speciality Choreography & Dance Performance Techniques was added to that of Dance Pedagogy for each of the four different branches: Spanish Dance, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Flamenco.

The CSDMA is dependent on the Directorate General of Universities of the regional Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid and is fully immersed in conforming to the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Offering graduate studies in the two specialities (Pedagogy and Choreography & Performance), plans are well under way for post-graduate degree and artistic specialisation courses, as well as collaborative research projects with other universities.


From the very outset, the CSDMA has been engaged in exchange programmes which tremendously boost the mobility of our students, an essential component of a comprehensive education and intrinsically linked to the spirit of the EHEA, as well as organising complementary activities such as courses, workshops, conferences, master classes and collaborations with festivals, choreographic centres and dance companies.

The CSDMA has a wide-ranging programme of teaching practice arrangements with other educational centres, as well as stage practice which enables our students to develop their creativity, present their works and acquire both stage experience and interpretative maturity.
With a team made up of highly prestigious teachers, the study programme also boasts a constant turnover of guest teachers who ensure the school is truly a living entity –a centre for study, creation and research– in a continual flux of evolution and experimentation.