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. We at Codarts aim to train talents to become top level contemporary dancers.

At Codarts you work with a team of renowned teachers and choreographers. They will encourage you to develop your own unique personality as a dancer. Craftsmanship, technique, autonomy, creativity, individuality and artistic expression make up the foundation from which to set goals, accept challenges and make choices.

You will gain a lot of stage experience, both at Codarts and far beyond, benefiting from our excellent contacts in the international professional field. This context and the many interesting performances, internships and tours together make up a stimulating setting for you to be an inspiration for yourself and others.

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.

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.
  • 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, like for exampleWilliam Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Club Guy & Roni en Ed Wubbe.
  • 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 you will learn everything about personal branding.
  • 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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We are looking for young dancers who want to fulfil their ambition to be artistic, highly technical, versatile, individual, enterprising and unique contemporary dancers. A Codarts student is a young ambitious and driven dancer that is hungry to start on a journey that will change their lives forever.

The Bachelor Dance programme is directed towards the development of strong, versatile and  technical dancers and offers knowledge in ballet, current and traditional contemporary dance techniques, movement philosophies and trends. In improvisation, artistic research and a broad interdisciplinary range of subjects such as music, theatre, visual arts, and entrepreneurial skills.

Furthermore, the Codarts’ network provides the school with a rich and varied repertoire, which has been built up over the years through a close and fruitful working relationship with some of the most innovative and important choreographers in the dance world. Additionally Codarts has an exciting pool of international guest teachers.

Codarts believes that the contemporary dancers of today need to be physically and verbally outspoken, unique and versatile. They need to be able to understand and adapt to any style or art form, exchange and argue concepts and movement methods, and work both in collaborative as in independent forms. All to meet the demands of the present dance world. This develops in our students a multifaceted approach to their artistry highlighting their adaptability, individuality and drive.


Practical information

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

The auditions for study year 2022-2023 are held live in the following locations:

  • Barcelona – March 12 & 13, 2022 (workshop & audition)
  • Porto – March 19 & 20, 2022 (workshop & audition)
  • Rotterdam – March 28 – 31, 2022 (audition)
  • Bordeaux – April 9 & 10, 2022 (workshop & audition)
  • Livorno – April 16-18, 2022 (workshop & audition)

Registration for all auditions is closed.

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 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.

Details on how to apply, admission criteria and submission specifications can be found on the left, by clicking on ‘Audition Procedure Dance + How to apply’.

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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

In 2018 the Dutch government decided to halve the statutory tuition fees for first-year students. The discount is intended for Bachelor’s students who start their studies in higher education 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


+31 (0) 10 217 11 20

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam