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.

  • You give a series of lessons in the field where your coaching takes place, working together with a fellow student.
  • 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 enrol 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 capacity 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, Belgium) 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:

Candidates with a definitive place in the programme will have to take part in a physical screening at the beginning of the study year in September.

Codarts Dance in Education also invites dancers with a physical disability to audition. Are you a talented student-to-be with a disability? Please apply and make an appointment before the audition with head of the Dance Teacher department Ingrid Stoepker.

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Practical info

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

Halving statutory tuition fees

The Dutch government has decided to halve the statutory tuition fees for first-year students from academic year 2018-2019, students taking initial teacher education courses (Dance Teacher) are eligible for the reduced fee for two years. The discount is intended for Bachelor’s students who start their studies in higher education in 2018-2019 for the first time. The exact details of the new legislation can be found on the website of the national government (information is in Dutch). This page also states which conditions you must meet in order to qualify for a halving of the tuition fee.

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Student life

Student Life is a high quality student support programme, that enables you to realise your full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. Student Life provides information, training, guidance and care. We help to enhance your performance and contribute to your personal development, injury prevention and general well-being.

You can contact us for housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling.

The Student Life Team consists of:

  • The Performing Arts Health Center team (PAHC),
  • Various study coaches
  • A student counsellor

The International Office is also part of Student Life

We work in close collaboration with colleagues who are familiar with the high demands of the professional group. Think of scientists, teachers and the artistic staff. As we are committed to support the individual learning needs of all students, we recognise the diversity of disciplines within performing arts and within different cultural backgrounds.

Our Student Life program is built on four interconnected pillars:
1. Physical screening
2. Education
3. Services & facilities
4. Research & development

Do you have questions or do you want more information? Feel free to contact us by mailing to

Dance in Education

+31 10 217 11 20

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam