Choreographic Research Program

“DiA has given me so much energy
to push through my fear and to look
forward to the new challenges
that are coming.” Jet Leang 


The purpose of the DiA Choreographic Research program is to capture the vision of the next generation of dance artists. This program is for students with an established background in choreography. It has proved particularly fruitful for mature students who have been choreographing for some time and wish to take time to reflect on their work within a supportive environment. Students will create original works that foster cross-fertilization between choreography and other artistic disciplines. The focus of the program will encourage the development of concepts and processes, which expand the language and aesthetics of interdisciplinary dance performances.

The DiA Choreographic Research program aims to support practice-as-research in the field of the performing arts, including expanded notions of different art disciplines as well as dance and choreography. We aim to further educate and to empower choreographers to be self-critical, proactive, and able to sustain their artistic singularity within the contextual embedding of their practice.

The program will strictly limit admission to support two DiA Choreography students per year so that the process of study for each artist can be fully supported.

The curriculum is designed to allow each graduate student to explore their own unique creative processes, to define their own particular aesthetic, and to discover and develop their own distinctive movement and performance language.

The final project questions the common parameters of dance and interdisciplinary art. It will manifest as a project or performance, and could take the form of a site-specific work, an installation, a video, a collaborative piece or a work involving non-trained dancers.

Duration Options:
Accepted dancers may choose to enroll in this program for 1 year, 6 months, or 12 weeks.


–  Choreography Seminars in:
- Aesthetic Concepts 
- History of Choreography 
- Interdisciplinary Methodology

–  Creation of a group piece for full theatrical production

–  Creation of a solo for a studio space.

–  Creation of a practice-based interdisciplinary art research project

–  Guidance for Final Project.

–  Completion of a choreographic portfolio

–  Optional technique classes

Taught program: 30%
Independent research: 70%

Optional: full-time dance training




The coherence between art subjects: Research prompts

What are the values of art disciplines, such as dance, music, visual art, literature and theatre, in the world? When is there coherence between these disciplines and what connects them? When is it meaningful for the different art disciplines to interact and when is this not meaningful? In other words, what are the boundaries for art disciplines to strengthen each other? How can dancers and visual artists work together in a productive way? How does music and literature invigorate each other? When is an interdisciplinary art project fulfilling its artistic goals and how do you structure such a project?

During the Dance in Art (DiA) Choreographic Research Program, the choreographers will get the chance to do in depth research regarding these questions. They will become critically engaged with the complex cultural and social contexts of art disciplines, furthering their own artistic development. The research will also allow choreographers to broaden their current practical experience. With the training program that DiA has to offer, choreographers will deepen their knowledge in a number of sources contiguous with the art of dance, such as philosophy, visual arts, music and literature. DiA training uses a methodology that was developed by the artistic director and choreographer Martine van Santen, during her study Master of Education in Arts at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Through this methodology and interdisciplinary art research, the choreographers will become more knowledgeable in regards to other forms of art and design concepts. Our goal at DiA is to further educate and empower choreographers to become more self-critical, to become more proactive and to be able to sustain their artistic individuality even in an increasingly difficult and linear artistic world.




At DiA we offer daily technique classes, training in various art disciplines, experience in integrating art disciplines with dance, and regular performance opportunities. You will participate in new and original DiA work while also training in Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) Repertoire. Participants will have the opportunity to create original choreographic work for the DiA Junior Company.

You will receive training from teachers that are highly experienced arts professionals. We ensure that you’ll receive expert coaching and advice. The program provides ongoing progress assessment, individual coaching, outstanding support and personal encouragement for each and every choreographer.

If you are interested in strengthening your choreography abilities and developing yourself as an artist, DiA is the place for you.


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Accepted dancers may choose to enroll in this program for:
1 year,
6 months,
12 weeks,
the dates for each option can be found below.



Applicants will be required to submit an updated CV, a letter of motivation explaining your rationale for wanting to participate in the program, a clearly formulated research plan, two references and links to videos or DVD’s* of your work. Copy of a current passport is also required. Artists are accepted into the program based on their qualifications, portfolio and submitted research plans (questions, methods, and professional aims). International students can be accepted without attending the interview audition, if their video and other supporting documents give adequate evidence of excellence.

*Please note that in case of sending DVD’s these will not be returned.

To apply to the DiA Choreographic Program, please fill out the application below on this page and send application material via email to or via airmail to Energieplein 2, 2031 TC Haarlem NL.

↓ DATES season 2018 – 2019


17 SEPTEMBER, 2018 – 30 JUNE, 2019
TERM 1 – 17 SEPTEMBER, 2018 – 22 FEBRUARY, 2019
TERM 2 – 07 JANUARY, 2019 – 30 JUNE, 2019
TERM 1 – 18 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – 14 DECEMBER, 2018
TERM 2 – 07 JANUARY, 2019 – 29 MARCH, 2019
TERM 3 – 01 APRIL, 2019 – 30 JUNE, 2019



3 terms / 1 year: €5.890,-
2 terms / 6 months: €4.710,-
1 term / 3 months: €3.980,-

Registration fee (non refundable): €775,- (€600,- will be substracted from the total fee when participating in the program).

Administration costs: €25, –

NOTE ON OUR FEE POLICY: Dance in Art is an independent dance center that exists in the Netherlands art scene without the support of any public/private funding besides the tuition fees paid by the participants. The prices of the programs are the lowest we can currently offer. All teachers and management staff are paid with low wages to keep the fees contained, and there is a huge amount of enthusiasm, care and dedication that goes in the making of the different programs. Signing the terms and conditions form is binding and the payment cannot be refunded in case of non-participation in the program.

DIA Application form (word)

DIA Application form (pdf)

General Terms and Conditions Dance in Art