Dance Artist Development Program

Program for Dancers & Choreographers

“Dance in Art educates their dancers and choreographers to be artists of life. Helping them to be who they are!”

Dance Artist Development Program

Dance Artist Development Program

Do you want to create your own creative voice as a dancer and/or choreographer? If yes, then the Dance Artist Development Program is the professional program for you!

Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: DiA Certificate

Duration: 6 months (full-time)

Full time program: 1st October 2024 – 30th March 2025

Full time program: 7th January 2025 – 30th June 2025

This unique program enables you to:

  • Define and develop your current practical experience as a dancer and/or choreographer.
  • Deepen your knowledge in a number of sources contiguous with the art of dance, such as philosophy, visual arts, music and literature.
  • Collaborate with all sorts of artists.
  • Learn tools in arts project management, business planning, fundraising and marketing, which is essential for independent artists.
  • Gain opportunities to realise your created work and ambitions.
  • Join a network of performers, choreographers and art-management professionals.

This program is suitable for dancers and choreographers who want to develop their creative voice and practice to become the artist they intent to be, within a learning and supportive environment.

Application deadline: 30 May for October ’24 entry, 30 October for January ’25 entry. Applications beyond this date may be considered subject to places being available.

Admission Requirements

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, one reference and links to videos of your work as a dancer or choreographer. Artists are accepted into the program based on their qualifications, portfolio and submitted research plans (questions, methods, and professional aims).

To apply for the Dance Artist Development Program, please send your application material via email to

About DiA

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 Artist Development Program, you will get the chance to do in depth research regarding these questions or develop your own artistic questions. You will become critically engaged with the complex cultural and social contexts of art disciplines, furthering your own artistic development together with your peers and alongside the DiA Junior Company. With the training program that DiA has to offer, dancers and choreographers will deepen their knowledge in a number of sources contiguous with the art of dance, such as philosophy, visual arts, music and literature.

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

Program Includes:

–  Movement Study Seminars in:

  • Developing your Movement style
  • Researching Movement with other forms of Art

–  Choreography Seminars in:

  • Aesthetic Concepts
  • Choreography 
& Composition
  • Interdisciplinary Methodology

–  Art Management Seminars in:

  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising

–  Creation of a practice-based interdisciplinary art research project.

–  Guidance for Final Project.

–  Completion of a dance and/or choreographic portfolio.

–  Optional 1 technique class a day.

Taught program: 50%
Independent research: 50%

Dates Season 2024 – 2025


1 OCTOBER ’24 – 30 MARCH ’25
7 JANUARY ’25 – 30 JUNE ’25


6 months / 2 terms: €1.800,-

Fees are excluded 21% VAT for artists 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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“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 

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