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A unique partnership with the Dutch National Ballet

The Dutch National Ballet Academy is the only ballet school in the Netherlands affiliated to the internationally acclaimed Dutch National Ballet. Hans van Manen, one of the world’s most influential choreographers and Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet, respectively hold the positions of Honorary Patron and Artistic Advisor of the National Ballet Academy.

NBA students participate in some of the Dutch National Ballet’s major productions, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet. NBA’s end of the year performance, Dansers van Morgen, takes place at the Nationale Opera & Ballet, home of the Dutch National Ballet and its Junior Company.

Our educational programmes

A two-year programme for children age 8 to 10 offering ballet and folk dance once or twice a week.
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Our preparatory training begins in Group 7 of the primary school education, after which it runs parallel to secondary school education, with a curriculum that combines dance training with a secondary school education. Some international students follow an online academic programme in their country of origin.
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Associate Degree program
In 2020-2021 we have started our 2 year Associate Degree program. After two years our students are ready to enter the professional field. From 2022-2023 we will also start our new Bachelor of the Arts program. In this optional third year, students can specialize in a particular aspect of theory or teaching within classical ballet.
the BA year is also open to students who first attain their AD, then start their dancing career and on ending that career wish to specialize in a particular area of interest and obtain a BA degree.
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The Dutch National Ballet Academy offers special programs:

  • Teacher Seminars: Teacher Seminars offer a valuable and inspiring opportunity to delve into the teaching of classical ballet technique as a teacher, (former) dancer or teacher-dance student.
  • Boy's course: boys' age 7-11 can get acquainted with dance at the boy's course.

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A programme shared with the Dutch National Ballet and run by Artistic Coordinator Ernst Meisner. The Junior Company is a group of 14 top dancers performing throughout the Netherlands and abroad.
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An in-depth intensive course for ballet dancers from 15 to 21 years old and from 12 to 14 years old. The course takes place in the studios of the Dutch National Ballet & NBA studions of Academy of Theatre and Dance.
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