Dance Teacher BA


There is nothing you like better than dancing and sharing your passion for dance with others, from children to the elderly, from amateurs to professionals. The versatile programme Dance in Education at Codarts provides everything you need to develop your talents.

Over the course of four years, we prepare you for the dynamic profession of dance teacher. Our graduates work for dance companies and dance schools, in general education, community arts-projects and health care.

You are given ample opportunity to explore your own areas of interest. For instance, during internships both here and abroad. Your personal development is broad in scope: not just as a dancer and teacher, but also as a dance maker, entrepreneur and researcher.

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Year 1

The first year (propaedeutic) is a basic introductory year. The focus is on your development as a dancer.

  • You follow an intense programme in dance techniques.
  • You explore how to ‘communicate’ dance to different target groups.
  • Together with fellow students you create an ensemble piece.
  • You take part in the graduation performance of Dance in Education at Theater Zuidplein.
  • In both the first and second semester you do an ‘observering’ internship, for instance in amateur or regular education. Or you participate in a community arts project. The goal is to test your theoretical knowledge in practice.
  • An important subject this year is: healthy teaching (food, anatomy, physiology, combined with fitness and pilates).

Year 2

Your independence as a dancer, teacher, maker and entrepreneur is becoming increasingly important.

  • Together with two or three fellow students you create a series of lessons, which you pitch in practice. The goal is to implement your innovative plan at an organisation of your own choice. For instance: a series of lessons for patients in a rehabilitation centre.
  • Together with fellow students you engage in a community arts project to produce an artistic final product. One previous example: a project that was aimed at physically challenged dancers and amateur dancers. They performed together at the Holland Dance Festival. You also get a chance to perform at The International Community Arts Festival (ICAF).
  • You take educational classes that focus on subjects such as modern dance, ballet, community arts and young children

Year 3

In this year you start teaching independently. You discover on which target groups you wish to focus.

  • You teach every Tuesday. During the first semester in primary education and during the second semester in secondary education.
  • Together with fellow students you make a production and accompanying for children or youngsters. You sell you work to schools after which you perform and present it yourself.
  • You have the opportunity of gaining work experience abroad. In previous years, third‑year students went to underdeveloped areas in Poland and South Africa and worked with groups of children to create presentations.


Year 4

By the end of your studies you have become a professional dancer, teacher, dance maker, entrepreneur and researcher.

  • Your graduation programme consists of several elements: organising the annual final performance, doing an internship to deepen your skills and knowledge, doing graduation research and making a creative product.
  • The creative product consists of a choreography for amateur dancers or a documentary. For instance: your graduation research is about dance classes in education for children with special needs. During your internship (in the same educational setting) you record activities, which you then use to produce a documentary.

After graduation

Over the course of four years, you develop yourself in the broadest possible sense: you become a dancer, teacher, choreographer, entrepreneur and researcher. You are employable in numerous ways.

Codarts alumni have found work at SKVR, VAK Delft, at their own dance schools in both the Netherlands and Belgium, they have worked for musicals or as choreographers/dancers with dance companies. Some have developed educational programmes both here and abroad.

 Diede Bolsius (graduated 2013), dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur:
‘In my graduation year I started my own company: DieDans. I teach jazz dance, ballet and modern dance, among other things. Codarts has been a source of inspiration to me. I am glad to have gained a lot of knowledge from which I now benefit.’

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To be admitted at the Bachelor Dance in Education at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.

To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a test at a careers advisory bureau, the NOA test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.

Students (except students who graduated in the Netherlands or Flanders) who wish to follow the Bachelor of Dance in Education must submit a certificate Dutch language (NT2-II) before beginning their studies, not later than 31 August. For more information:

Practical info


Under “more information” we give you all the important information you might need to know for your study at Codarts. Under “more information” we give information on the tuition fee, useful websites that can help with finding suitable accommodation, how to study at Codarts with a disability, and give tips for applying for a scholarship. We will help you to find your way at Codarts.


Our teachers will be more than just your teacher. They will be your coach and mentor during your study. Our teachers have won their spurs in professional practice and bring their knowledge to the classroom. They will inspire and stimulate you to fully deploy and use your talents. You will find yourself transferring their influences to your projects and performances.

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Student life


Codarts provides numerous facilities designed to offer you a learning environment in which you can develop your talents as a sustainable performer. You take dance classes in one of our ten dance studios with live accompaniment on piano. Our wardrobe department can help you with custom-made costumes. Codarts also has an in-house production and technical department that can assist with performances.

We also offer plenty of support in physical and mental matters. If you have any problems in these regards, do not hesitate to contact one of our Health Centre employees. Codarts has physiotherapists, manual physiotherapists, a fitness coach, a transition coach, a speech therapist, a sports dietician and performance coach. Know this: it is okay to fall. We will help you back on your feet again.


Many famous musicians, dancers and circus artists have studied at Codarts Rotterdam. This page contains a selection of the dance teacher alumni.

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Dance in Education

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3012 CC Rotterdam