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.

Season '22 - '23

Program outline

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 regard to other forms of art and design concepts. Their training in different art disciplines will be taught in relation to their study of dance.

Company dancers

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.

2022 – 2023

October 4th – November 27th


Working on 3 productions + performing

#METOO | premiere of the dance film we created and has won several prices

  • Short Film Factory (New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco) – Award Winner
  • Paris Play Film festival (Parijs) – Award Winner Best Dance
  • LAFA (Los Angeles) – Award Winner
  • Lady Filmmakers Festival (Beverly Hills)
  • New Renaissance (Amsterdam)
  • Experimental Dance Music Film Festival (Toronto)
  • Frostbite Indie Fest (Colorado)
A choreography (full evening production) created for the premiere of the film, performance will be November 18th.
→ Suara Hatiku | the first part of the full evening production that will premiere with the Dance in Art company. Try out December 9th 2022.
Dancers participating in the 8 weeks intensive will have the opportunity to be part of The Netherlands Choreography Competition and to be selected for the professional company and start working at Dance in Art during the season 2023 – 2024.
→ A film project combining dance and visual arts, showing at the end of the program.

Netherlands Choreography Competition 


Time: 10:00 – 20:00

Morning: technique classes

Afternoon: rehearsals

Evening: workshops, coaching, private classes.

Admission Requirements:

All applicants should have successfully completed professional dance training.

How to apply: Please send us the application form and the following documents:
→ Video: 2 minute solo (contemporary or ballet) (youtube or Vimeo Link)
→ Video: 1 minute improvisation
→ CV
→ Motivation letter

Email: info@danceinart.nl

Only complete applications will be considered.

To apply for the DiA Junior Program, please fill out the application form below and send application material via email to info@danceinart.nl.


Fee: €987,-

The fee is included 21% VAT for dancers <21 years.

Payment can be done in 2 installments: €493,50 before the start of the program.

Including professional photo & 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.

Meet some of our Graduates

Pauliina Pakarinen (Finland)
Viviana Pacchin (Italy)
Marion Bosetti (France)

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!

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.

Choreographic Research Program

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.

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