Selection and audition
The dance profession has very specific requirements for the physical and intellectual capacities of the dancer. As a professional academy, we are aware of these requirements. We therefore cannot accept all children who wish to become a ballet dancer. When it is not sufficiently clear that a child will be able to meet the strict requirements of the field, he or she will not be admitted to the program. This may sometimes seem harsh but it would not be fair to the child, the parents or the teachers, to start at the academy on the wrong terms.
To find out whether a child is sufficiently suitable to be admitted to the National Ballet Academy, he or she will have to pass an audition.
We offer two different auditions; those for children currently in group six or seven of primary school (the Dutch system) and those for older children who have started their professional education elsewhere and who wish to continue their education at the National Ballet Academy. For the second group, please continue reading under the heading; "Students aged 12 - 15. Children who are currently in group 4 or 5 of primary school are eligible for the Pre-NBA course.
Children in group 6 or 7 of primary school can audition for the preliminary course. The first class of the preliminary course of the National Ballet Academy runs parallel to group 7 of Dutch primary school.
The audition is composed of a first audition round, a second selection, an audition course and the final audition. Parents can register their child for an audition through the online registration form.
Auditions for children in group 6 or 7 will take place on the following dates;
Auditions school year 2020-2021
Dutch National Ballet Academy, Agamemnonstraat 44, Amsterdam
Sa. 23 Nov. 13.00 hrs.
Sa. 11 Jan. 13.00 hrs.
Sa. 25 Jan. 13.00 hrs.
Sa. 8 Feb. (second audition round) 13.00 hrs.
Sa. 28 Mar. (last audition) 10.00-1200 en 13.00-15.00 hrs.
Motion Dance Studio Bijlmerdreef 434A, Amsterdam Zuidoost
Fr. 29 Nov. 16.00 hrs.
Balletschool Liesbeth Hagenaar in de Bank van Lening, Schilderstraat 33, Den Bosch
Su. 2 Feb. 15.00 hrs.
Theater Posa Kempenaar 1-10, Lelystad
Su. 16 Feb. 11.00 hrs.
Students 12-15 years of age
Students who have started their professional education elsewhere and who wish to enroll in our preliminary course can apply through the online application form.
For this group, auditions are by invitation only. In the application form you are asked to send pictures and a video. Based on your application the direction decides whether you will be invited to audition.
All information regarding the photos and video you’ll find on the form itself.
Upon invitation, we ask the student to take classes with us for several days.
We therefore offer the following three periods to audition:
- The 9th until the 13th of December 2019
- The 9th until the 11th of March 2020
- The 18th until the 20th of May 2020
After the audition period, the student will hear if enrollment is possible.
For questions regarding auditions and registration please contact the secretariat of the NBA: 020 527 7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.