Auditions school year 2021-2022
Auditions school year 2021-2022 for students from group 6 of Elementary school:
Sat. Nov. 21 13.00 Amsterdam, NBA Agamemnonstraat 44
Fri. Nov. 27 16.00 Motion Dance Studio, Amsterdam
Sat. Dec. 12 13.00 Amsterdam, NBA Agamemnonstraat 44
Sat. Jan 16 13.00 Amsterdam, NBA Agamemnonstraat 44
Sun. Jan 31 15.00 Den Bosch, Balletschool Liesbeth Hagenaar
2nd audition round
Sat. Feb. 13 13.00 Amsterdam NBA Agamemnonstraat 44
Sat. Mar. 27 10.00-15.00 Amsterdam NBA Agamemnonstraat 44
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 - 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;
Students 12-16 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.
This year we will hold two audition rounds. Upon invitation you can participate in a first round in November 2020, or a first round in March 2021. When you will have passed this audition successfully we will invite you to the call back round in April 2021.
1st Round November
Due to the current situation and the measures taken by the Dutch government because of Covid19, the first round will take place online* on the 28th of November 2020. We will make several groups based on age and time zones.
*If you choose the online audition please make sure to stream your audition in reasonable circumstances. Preferably a studio, but when that is not possible, a space where you are able to execute all exercises you normally do in a ballet class. With space to lift your legs and the possibility to jump.
Deadline for sending in applications*: 14th of November 2020
*Applicants will receive an answer at the latest November 21st.
1st Round March
The first round in March 2021 will hopefully be live and take place between the 1st and 20th of March 2021.
Deadline for sending in applications*: 14th of February 2021.
*Applicants will receive an answer at the latest February 21st 2021.
Call back round
The call back round will take place in the last two weeks of April 2021, live in Amsterdam.
Date to be determined.
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. In the application form we will ask you to upload your latest transcript or report of your academic education (NOT your ballet education!!) and a confirmation of enrollment in your current study.
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.
For questions regarding auditions and registration please contact the secretariat of the NBA: 020 527 7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.