Professional Ballet education the Netherlands

Mirella Simoncini Coaching young talent | Philine Stoutjesdijk (8 jaar) en Pepijn Titus Hoogenraad (10 jaar)

The Netherlands has many professional Dance Institutions – all of them have a different educational focus a.o. contemporary, classical, choreography and musical.


At the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, The Rotterdam Dance Academy and the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam you will find dance education which is integrated with general education (final two years of Primary School and/or Secundary School). Students, must speak, write and read Dutch since you have to be capable of following the regular education as well.


If you don’t speak Dutch (yet) several Professional Dance Institutions have a preparatory course where students receive ballet and or contemporary dance classes on Friday and Saturday. During the other days they follow balletclasses at a private school.


For students that have completed Secondary Education there are several schools with a possibility for international students. In Amsterdam you will find the Theatre School, which is part of the Amsterdam School of the Arts. This school offers twelve courses of higher professional education (HBO) in dance, theatre and theatre technology and production.
In Rotterdam we have the Rotterdam Dance Academy, part of Codarts. This Academy has several departments specialising in (contemporary) dancer, choreographer, dance therapy or dance teacher.

Specialisation in classical ballet (or contemporary) is offered by the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. Enrolment for the Royal Conservatoire or the National Ballet Academy after Secundary Education is only possible for students from other professional institutions.

For every Professional Dance Institution (including any preparatory course) you have to audition or in most cases, if you are not from the Netherlands, they will ask you to send in a DVD or link of yourself to make a first selection, followed by a personal audition and a medical examination.

If your child is part of the Junior Ballet programme you are welcome to contact Mirella Simoncini by phone for personal advice and guidance: 0638551500

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“Ballet should never look predictable. When you dance each move you make is a promise. Even when standing in preparation you are making a promise that there is a story to be told”

- Mirella Simoncini