Content and structure
The aim of the preliminary year is mutual orientation. The student masters the various techniques and develops his own dance qualities. In the second year, there is more emphasis on the creative aspect of dance within the different subject areas. The student is greatly encouraged to work on his own choreography during this year. In the third year, the student intensifies his stage experience; there is much attention to the development of expressiveness and how the dancer comes across on stage. In the fourth and final year the student is engaged in a period of apprenticeship with dance groups or musical productions. As an alternative the student has the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time.
The curriculum for the first three years largely consists of classes in dance technique: jazz, classical, modern, tap and musical.
In addition to dance technique, classes are also given in acting, rhythm, improvisation, repertoire, composition, music, solo and ensemble singing, voice and movement, the history of dance and injury prevention.Classes are regularly taught by guest teachers from home and abroad. During the entire course new choreography is created for the students by the school's own teachers and by guest choreographers. But there is also an opportunity for students to create pieces themselves and they are supervised in aspects of the production of performances.
Student guidance and assessment
An intensive study programme such as this demands a great deal from the dancers and therefore the course employs a specialized system of student guidance. During all four years of the course a fixed hour is set aside in the weekly schedule for discussions with the year's supervisor.
Assessments are made at various times during the course. Twice a year students are assessed in test classes (classical, jazz and modern dance) by the artistic director and the teacher. In addition, a written assessment on the basis of achievement in the daily classes, performances and the attendance rate is made three times a year. Theoretical subjects are assessed by means of tests and examinations. The artistic director discusses the results of these assessments individually with each student. Every teacher also evaluates the classes together with his students.
When all requirements have been satisfactory fulfilled, the student receives a diploma Bachelor of Dance (BDa).
Accreditation and degree
The bachelor's programme in Jazz and Musical Dance is a track within the Bachelor Dance. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive an accredited bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Arts. Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).
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