DiA Junior Company

Dance to feel Good

“She gave me the key to step out from my comfort zone,
thanks to Martine van Santen and Dance in Art 15/16
I know that anything is possible.
If you stay hungry and go after your goals no matter what!
Dance to feel good!” Pauliina Pakarinen

DiA Junior Company

DiA Junior Company is the dance company of Dance in Art included in the framework of DiA’s Dance Research Programs. DiA provides students with a professional level, experience through working as a member of a contemporary dance company. The junior company works with 10 up to 15 dancers and performs a program of new work in a diverse range of venues throughout the Netherlands.

Increasingly dance graduates are being required to have more relevant company level experience before being offered auditions for employment. Company styles have evolved in recent years, competition for limited opportunities are intense. Graduates believing their training is complete, realize their professional training has only just begun!

DiA Junior Company specifically designs a training and performance regime, which will meet the requirements for young graduates, indeed one that provides that professional level guidance which is so critical.

DiA works on perfecting the art and technique of young students as a formula for future professional practice, providing an ideal platform for future dancers and talented young choreographers to gain knowledge for the future.

Company dancers will perform works created on them by a successful artistic team within Dance in Art. The training is designed to foster a realistic appreciation of the professional working environment, encompassing rehearsal and production processes, creating work with choreographers, delivering education workshops and meeting the challenges of a professional performance schedule.

A place with DiA is unique; it provides an unparalleled breadth, an unequalled relationship with the dance world and an individualized program unsurpassed anywhere within the Netherlands.

Program outline

From September 9th till October 4th 2019 there will be an intensive DiA training month for dancers who want to participate in the DiA Junior Company, to really understand the methodology used by DiA. There will be workshops in partnering, choreography & composition, visual arts, introduction art management and visits to musea.

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. Through this methodology and interdisciplinary art research, the dancers will become more knowledgeable in regards to other forms of art and design concepts. Their training in different art disciplines will be taught in relation to their study of dance. DiA dancers will receive intensive training in ballet, contemporary techniques, repertoire, art management (as part of the NCC team) and compositional and choreographic research opportunities.

Annually we select 10 up to 15 dancers  for the DiA Junior Company. These dancers will undertake technique classes and work with dance professionals in preparation for entering the dance world through performance training. They will be encouraged to take creative initiatives and build networks in a framework that supports professional collaboration and increases career opportunities. From July 2020 till September 2020 the dancers get the opportunity to dance with the professional JLDT Dance Company in Malaysia and tour through Asia.

2019 – 2020

– Theatre Performances
– Location projects
– Interdisciplinary projects
– Guest choreographers from Canada and Israel
– Apprenticeship possibilities with: Chalk Dance (Canada) and The Billy Jungle collective (Israel), offering the possibility to work with former dancers from Mystic Ballet (USA), Batsheva, Gothenburg Opera, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israeli Opera, Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollack Dance Theatre, Roy Assaf and Itzik Galili.
– Workshops with Corpus Acrobatics (www.corpus-acrobatics.nl)
– Netherlands Choreography Competition
– Option: 3 months Asian tour (July, August, September)

Admission Requirements:

All applicants should have successfully completed professional dance training. Applicants will be required to send an, application form, 2-3 minute video solo, updated CV and a headshot. Acceptance into the program will be based on potential, technical and creative ability shown at the video audition.

To apply for the DiA Junior Program, please fill out the application form below and send application material via email to info@danceinart.nl or via airmail to Energieplein 2, 2031 TC Haarlem NL.

DiA Application form (pdf)

Fee 1-month intensive: €350, –
Fee for the formation: €250, – per month for 8 months.

The fee is excluded 21% VAT.

Registration fee (non refundable): €775,- (excl. 21% VAT for dancers over 21 years of age) (€600,- will be subtracted from a one year fee during the third term when participating in the program).

Administration costs: €25, –

Fee (entire season) includes: 1-month intensive, technique classes, rehearsals, performances, 4 sessions individual coaching, photo and film portfolio.

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.

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