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Preliminary course

Age 8-18


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The Preliminary course is an intensive training course for modern dance and classical ballet for young dancers in preparation for a dance subject training at a dance academy like Codarts Rotterdam, Theaterschool Amsterdam, ArtEZ Arnhem, Fontys Tilburg and Royal Conservatory of The Hague or an MBO dance.

>Admission to the Preliminary course takes place after the successful completion of an audition. Admission criteria are physical aptitude, pleasure / passion, dance qualities (including appearance, musicality, co-ordination) and motivation.
> The students follow 4 days a week lesson, total 7 hours. Of which ± 3 hours classical ballet, modern dance (Graham based, Cunningham, floorwork), improvisation / composition, choreography. A few times a year a supportive lesson from e.g. a physiotherapist, dietician, mental coach.
> The students perform a lot to gain stage experience, such as our performances in December and June.
> We prepare the students to audition for a dance vocational training.
> Regular classes are organized so parents and other interested parties can see the progress.
> 3x per season, the students get a review, An assessment of your progress is made three times a year. This is done both verbally and in writing.
> The open days of the national dance academies are visited together.


Which classes are you going to do?
• Classical ballet, Vaganova method
• Modern dance (including Graham based, Floorwork, Horton, Limon and Cunningham)
• Modern Jazz
• Improvisation and composition
• Choreography
• From class 5 to 10: Dance and health (including yoga, Pilates, nutrition, injury prevention)
• From grades 5 to 10: Supportive lessons, such as Drama, Self-confidence, preparation for auditions, info about professional practice

Stage experience

A lot of time is spent on gaining stage experience in the following way:
• You learn to make a dance (solo) for the Own Work Performance
• You dance in a piece during the big performance of the Danshuis or the older dancers (from class 5) of a professional choreographer during the dance workshop performances or in collaboration with Dance group Haarlem
• You participate in the annual 'Open Day Talent Development', by means of: public lessons and short performances

The Preparatory Course is regularly approached by cultural parties in Haarlem and the surrounding area to make a dance contribution to, for example, an event, an opera or concert.

Other activities
• Visiting dance performances together
• Visiting the Open Days of the national dance academies

An evaluation of your progress will be made several times a year. This is done both orally and in writing.

Class 1 and 2 (8-10 years)
> The children who dance in class 1 and 2 have classes together and follow 2 classes a week, namely 1x classical ballet and 1x modern / improvisation.
> We prepare interested children for auditioning for a dance academie.
> The children receive written and oral feedback once a year.


Class 3 and 4 (10-12 years)
> The children in class 3 and 4 have classes together and are required to attend 3 classes a week. Until Christmas that means 2 classical ballet lessons per week and 1x improvisation/composition. From January that will be 1 classical ballet class, 1x modern dance and 1x improv/compo/choreography.
> We prepare the children for an audition for a national dance academie or class 5 of the Preparatory Course of Danshuis Haarlem.
> The children receive a rating twice per season.
> In consultation we go to the Open Day of a Dance preparatory course (eg National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, Codarts in Rotterdam).


Class 5 to 10 (12-18 years)

> The students attend classes several days a week, a total of 6 hours on average. The lessons consist of classical ballet, modern dance (Graham based, Cunningham, Limon, floorwork), improvisation/composition, choreography.

> Students are assessed twice a year.

> In addition to the weekly lessons, the dancers receive a supporting lesson a few times a year from, for example, a physiotherapist, dietician, mental coach, information professional practice, etc.


Classes 1 to 10 present themselves and all information is given about the lessons and auditions. A great way to get acquainted with this special program for children and young people with a great passion and talent for dance!

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Schedule 2024 - 2025

Class   Teacher
3 Improvisation Sarai
5/6 Classical ballet Haya
8/9 Classical ballet Lene
16.45-18.00 1 5/6 Classical ballet Haya
18.00-19.30 2 8/9 Classical ballet Nicolas
16.45-18.00 1 1-2 Classical ballet Roby
15.30-16.30 1 1/2 Modern Roby
15.30-16.45 1 of 2 3 Classical ballet Haya
5/6 Improvisation / Choreography Sarai
18.00-19.15 1 8/9 Improvisation Diverse
15.30-16.30 1 3 Classical / Modern Haya / Roby
5-9 Conditiontraining / Pilates Roby
2 + 3
5-9 Self working
5-9 Modern / Jazz Diverse
5-9 Modern / Jazz Diverse

Dress code

Classical ballet
Girls Black ballet suit without sleeve / short sleeve
Pink balletmaillot with foot
Salmon colored canvas ballet shoes, split-sole
spitzen in consultation
Boys White ballet suit without sleeve
Blacke balletmaillot (short or long)
Black, canvas balletshoes, split-sole
Modern balletsuit optionally
Black legging without foot
Black coton ankle socks
Modern jazz balletsuit optionally
Black legging/dancepants
socks/jazzshoes or sneakers

Course fee 2024 - 2025

class 1-2

Per jear € 804,-
Discount € 55,- upon payment at once: € 770,-
In 3 terms  1st term: € 320,-
2nd term: € 242,-
3rd term: € 242,-
Per month 10 terms of € 81,- per month

class 3

Per jear € 1160,-
Discount € 80,- upon payment at once: € 1080,-
In 3 terms  1st term: € 464,-
2nd term: € 348,-
3rd term: € 348,-
Per month 10 terms of € 116,- per month

class 5-10

Per jear € 1644,-
Discount € 114,- upon payment at once: € 1530,-
In 3 termijnen  1st term: € 658,-
2nd term: € 493,-
3rd term: € 493,-
Per month 10 terms of € 165,- per month

Extra discount If you follow the VO for several years: (applies from class 7)

Jear Discount Full Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 10 terms
2nd 2% 1499,- 644,- 483,- 483,- 161,-
3rd 4% 1469,- 632,- 474,- 474,- 158,-
4th 6% 1438,- 620,- 465,- 465,- 155,-
5th 8% 1408,- 604,- 453,- 453,- 151,-
6th 10% 1377,- 592,- 444,- 444,- 148,-

Cost medical examination € 48,- (takes 30-45 minutes)
Exclusief cost for Shows visit, transport costs Open Days etc.


jeugdfonds sport en cultuur

In some occasions financial assistance is available from The Youth Culture Fund. For more


To register for the Preliminary course, please complete the form below. Admission to the Preliminary course takes place after the successful completion of an audition.

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