Dance BA


The dance world is always looking for passionate, curious and highly qualified dancers and creators of dance; for artists who wish to realise their artistic personality. Is this your dream? Then Codarts is the place to be.

At Codarts you work with a team of renowned teachers and choreographers. They will open your eyes to infinite possibilities and encourage you to develop your own unique personality as a dancer.

You will gain a lot of stage experience, both at Codarts and far beyond, benefiting from our excellent contacts in the international professional field.

By the time you graduate, you will have reached a very high technical level. You are then a proactive, communicative team worker who can make valuable contributions to creative processes.

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Year 1

This first year’s focus is on developing your technical dancing skills and determining your physical and mental capabilities.

  • There are daily ballet classes and you learn about Graham technique, Laban Movement and Modern Jazz.
  • You are introduced to Dutch dance companies. You meet top dancers and choreographers and are inspired by them.
  • You learn to think creatively in improvisation and drama classes.
  • You gain stage experience, both at Codarts and elsewhere. For instance, in the school year 2013-2014, our first-year students performed at the Festival Classique, a major music festival in The Hague.

Year 2

The second year’s focus is on building a repertoire.

  • Besides taking daily ballet classes, you are introduced to the Cunningham technique and floor technique.
  • You study the international dance scene. What are the various companies doing? What is their mission?
  • Together with fellow students you create a production for young people and give performances at schools.
  • You help build a repertoire, assisted by renowned choreographers and beginning makers.
  • This year also offers much stage experience. In 2013-2014, second-year students danced in the main hall of the Doelen.
  • Codarts supports initiatives to create your own work by including it in our annual Dance Theatre Tour.

Year 3

The third year is all about our Dance Theatre Tour and your creative process.

  • You work with well-known guest teachers (both choreographers and dancers). This widens your network and broadens your experience.
  • As a dance maker you learn to think about the entire process, from concept to performance.
  • This year, you go on tour with the repertoire, which partly consists of works that were especially created for Codarts.
  • You explore the possibilities of doing an internship at a leading dance company. Together with your internship coach you choose one that suits you.

Year 4

During your final year you gain a lot of experience as a performer.

  • You do an internship at one dance company or you participate in multiple projects with different companies. If possible throughout the year, but at least for one month. In previous years, our students have danced at companies such as Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, NDT2, Conny Janssen Danst, Club Guy & Roni, Ballet Luzern and Norrdans.
  • By making your own website and a promotional DVD you demonstrate that you are able to present yourself in a professional manner.
  • At the final examination you demonstrate your technical skills and your own unique personality as a dancer.

After graduation

Codarts dancers are well-trained, open-minded, healthy, creative and innovative dance artists. Our programme is set up to allow our graduates  a choice in which direction they wish to follow their professional path in dance. Many of them have found a job with a dance company, for example: Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, NDT, Conny Janssen Danst, Club Guy & Roni, Nanine Linning, Cullberg Ballet, Norrdans. Other graduates have become active participants in the freelance circuit and work with choreographers such as Samir Calixto, Krisztina De Chatel, Marina Mascarell, Joerie Dubbe and Sagi Gross. Some graduates start their own collective or practise jobs in other dance-related professions.

Nanine Linning (graduation year 1998), choreographer
‘Nowadays the Vincent van Goghs of this world – those who do only one thing, which is create good art – can no longer survive. Today, you have to create good art and be just flat out active on social media as well.’

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To be admitted at the Bachelor Dance 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 AOB 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.

The application deadline closes one week before the auditions in Spain, Poland, Italy, Portugal and France. If you are doing the audition in Rotterdam, the application deadline closes two weeks before.



In the Netherlands there are two types of student tuition fees: statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees.

The amount of the tuition fee for a part-time or fulltime programme depends on a number of things. If you satisfy the condition of nationality (1) and you did not obtain a degree in the Netherlands yet (2), you are applicable to pay the statutory tuition fee of € 1.984 (academic year 2016 – 2017).

  1. You have the nationality of a country, which is part of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname or Switzerland. You also satisfy this condition if you are applicable for Dutch study finance because of your Dutch residence permit according to Section 2.2(1) of the Student Finance Act 2000 (Wet studiefinanciering 2000).
  2. You have not obtained a degree from a Bachelor’s programme (or equivalent) in the Netherlands before you started your Bachelor programme at Codarts. Neither did you have a degree from a Master’s programme (or equivalent) in the Netherlands before you started your Master programme at Codarts. Exemption: you do not have to satisfy this condition if you enrol the first time for the programmes Bachelor of Music in Education, Bachelor of Dance in Education or Master of Education in Arts and your previous degree is not in the field of education of health.

If you do not fulfil both requirements, you pay the institutional tuition fee. The institutional tuition fee for the academic year 2016 – 2017: € 4.730.


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’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your projects and performances.


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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 gladly help you back on your feet again.



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