Mentorship Program


“Dance in Art is warm,
creative, young, dynamic
and organic.” Malika Berney

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is designed for talented dancers with extraordinary abilities in search of additional guidance, knowledge, experience and inspiration. The program is customized to each dancer’s physical and emotional needs. The mentorship program gives dancers the undivided attention of a respected teacher and industry professional whose sole aim is to have them reach their highest potential.

The Mentorship Program differs from the other DiA certificate programs offered, in that it is designed purely to address the needs of the individual artist. Technique schedule and classes are tailored to the

individual dancer by the program director. Dancers will work one-on-one with DiA artist professionals to create a solo suitable for in-person and video auditions. The Mentorship Program also offers dancers to perform solo/duets in an intimate and supportive environment.

DiA’s dancers have the opportunity to refine their technique and improve dance performance capabilities necessary to further themselves in their dance careers. With an emphasis on personal attention and development, the Mentorship Program provides dancers with a better understanding of one’s own creativity and artistry. This program’s intensive approach will have positive effects on a dancer’s confidence and abilities so each individual can successfully move forward with their career in the dance industry.

2020 – 2021

– Theatre Performances
– Location projects
– Interdisciplinary projects
– Guest choreographers from Canada

– Repertoire and performances Chalk Dance (Chalk Dance website)
– Apprenticeship possibilities with: Chalk Dance (Canada) offering the possibility to work with former dancers from Mystic Ballet (USA).
– Workshops with Corpus Acrobatics (

– Workshops repertoire Gross Dance Company (

– Workshops partnering and repertoire Patrick Radu 
– FestivArt
– Option: 3 months Asian tour (July, August, September)


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) Mentorship Research Training Program, the dancers 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 dancers to broaden their current practical experience. With the training program that DiA has to offer, dancers 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 dancers will become more knowledgeable in regards to other forms of art and design concepts. Our goal at DiA is to further educate and empower dancers 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.

DiA dancers will get the opportunity to interrogate and challenge their own dance experiences whilst deepening their understanding of how interdisciplinary forms of art can be of practical use within the wider context of current art education and dance performances. They will achieve these objectives through a sustained engagement with choreographic experimentation and exploration.

Duration Options

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

Dates Season ’20 – ’21

15 SEPTEMBER ’20 – 30 JUNE ’21

TERM 1 – 15 SEPTEMBER ’20 – 21 FEBRUARY ’21
TERM 2 – 05 JANUARY ’21 – 30 JUNE ’21

TERM 1 – 15 SEPTEMBER ’20 – 11 DECEMBER ’20
TERM 2 – 05 JANUARY ’21 – 28 MARCH ’21
TERM 3 – 30 MARCH ’21 – 30 JUNE ’21

Admission Requirements

All applicants should have at least 3 years of intensive dance training. Applicants will be required to send an application form, a letter of motivation explaining your rationale for wanting to participate in the program, 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 Mentorship Program, please fill out the application form below and send application material via email to 



3 terms / 1 year: €6.980,-
2 terms / 6 months: €6.030,-
1 term / 3 months: €5.080,-

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

Fees are excluded 21% VAT for dancers over 21 years of age.

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.

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