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Preliminary course auditions for school year 2023-2024

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 Dutch 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; "Pupils aged 12 - 16". 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 2023-2024

Auditions school year 2023-2024 for group 6 pupils

Amsterdam Zuidoost
Date to be determined
Motion Dance Studio, Elizabeth Cady Stantonplein 1004

Sat 25 November 2023 13:00 hrs.
Sat 27 January 2024 13:00 hrs.
Sat 17 February 2024 13:00 hrs.
Sat 16 March 2024 13:00 hrs.
Wed 27 March 2024 15:30 hrs.
Sat 20 April 2024 Slotaudition

Location: Dutch National Ballet Academy, Nicolaas Tetterodestraat 13, Amsterdam

Thu 27 February 2024 Het Speelhuis

Thu 29 Feb 2024 Theater Orpheus

Sun 3 March 2024 City Theatre Utrecht

Pupils 12-16 years of age

Pupils 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.

This year we will hold two audition rounds. Upon invitation you can participate in a first round in December,  or a first round in February. When you will have passed this audition successfully we will invite you to the call back round in March.

To international participants we want to continue to offer the opportunity to participate in the first audition round online*. Of course, international participants are also very welcome at the live audition if they prefer.

For the second round, we expect all pupils to come and audition live if circumstances allow it.

*If you choose the online audition, please make sure to stream your audition in reasonable circumstances. Preferably from a studio, but if that's not possible, a room where you can do all the exercises you normally do in a ballet class. With room to lift your legs and the ability to jump.

Academic education
In the Netherlands pupils have to physically attend a Dutch High School up to the school year that they turn 16. School years in the Netherlands go roughly from August until July. This means that if you for example, turn 16 in September, you will need to physically attend a Dutch High School until the month of July after your 16th birthday. If you turn 16 in May, you will be allowed to study online in the following school year that starts in August. For this reason it is important for us to know what kind of academic education you are currently following. 

If you will pass your audition successfully with the Dutch National Ballet Academy, and you're at an age that you need to enroll in our Dutch high school, we will ask you to take a WISC test at your own expense, to determine in which year group of the Dutch school system you belong. We will then start the procedure of helping you learn Dutch and to integrate into our school system.

Audition dates:

First round
Thursday 7 December
Deadline for completing the registration form is 24 November

Tuesday 13 February
Deadline for completing the registration form is 31 January

Second round
Friday 22 March + Medical screenings 23 and 24 March for candidates that pass the final round.

All live auditions take place at the address below. Participants can also do the 1st audition round online:
Nationale Balletacademie
Nicolaas Tetterodestraat 13
1096 BM Amsterdam

For questions regarding auditions and registration please contact the secretariat of the NBA: 020 527 7843 or

This year Dutch National Ballet Academy will scout at the following competitions:

YAGP Brasil
YAGP Barcelona
Prix de Lausanne
International Talent Award – Italy
D&D Japan
Tanz Olymp

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Audition form Preliminary Course group 6

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Audition form 12-16 years old

Open audition form


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