“I felt relieved after the performance,
because of all the hard work we’ve
done, but I wanted to do it again and again!” 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 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 professional 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.

DiA Junior Company Program outline

From September 18th till October 13th 2017 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.

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, NDT Repertoire, 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.

Alongside the formal development of performance and creative skills, students also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in art education and undertake additional training in pilates, yoga, physical theatre, music, visual arts, literature, history of art, art business management and choreography.

Duration of the training is: 1 season, September till June (with the possibility to extend with 1 extra year).

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 + the one-month intensive training from September 18th till October 13th 2017.

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

Dancers can also choose to only follow the 1-month intensive training at the beginning of a term, fee: €750, -.

On request you can also be part of the DiA Junior Company for 3 or 6 months (1-month intensive + formation fee for the duration of your stay).

Registration fee (non refundable): €775,- 

Administration costs: €25, -

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

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