In recent years, students of the 5 O’Clock Class have gone on to join nearly all the professional dance courses at the Academy of Theatre and Dance and at other arts education institutions in the Netherlands, as well as joining dance academies abroad. Every year, an average of around 55% of our students are accepted for an advanced training course, which is an impressively high figure for a preliminary dance course.
After their advanced training course, alumni of the 5 O’Clock Class have landed contracts with many professional dance companies and choreographers in the Netherlands and abroad, including Nederlands Dans Theater, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst, LeineRoebana, Club Guy & Roni, Krisztina de Châtel, Nanine Linning and Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez. Alumni have also performed in musicals like Miss Saigon, Tarzan, The Lion King and The Bodyguard.
Dutch dancer Toon Lobach (18) is an apprentice with Nederlands Dans Theater 2. He trained for four years with the 5 O’Clock Class, the preparatory course in modern dance at de Theaterschool. When he started, he had no definite dance dream, but when he saw Nederlands Dans Theater in School of Thought, by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, in 2013, he was completely sold. ‘I thought it was phenomenal! I thought “that’s where I have to go!” I told my mother on the way home, but to take the edge off my expectations, she said “Yes, but you know they’re very, very good”’.
Nevertheless, the extremely talented Toon went for his goal. Last school year, besides his classes with the 5 O’Clock Class and his regular schooling, he took ballet classes with the National Ballet Academy. This season, he is an official student on the National Ballet Academy’s pre-professional programme, and he is also taking classes with de Theaterschool, in the courses Modern Theatre Dance and Urban Contemporary.
In 2017, former 5 O'Clock Class student David van der Veen also received an internship contract at NDT 2. David studied at the 5 O'Clock Class from 2010 until 2014 and is now a student at Codarts in Rotterdam