Dance

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Tilburg

Are you curious, driven, creative, and entrepreneurial? Would you like to develop your own signature as a dancer or choreographer? Are you looking for depth, experimentation, and physical challenge in your development as a dance artist? Study in the inclusive learning environment of the internationally oriented Fontys Dance Academy. Dance Arts in Context offers you all the space you need to grow individually!

About Fontys Dance Academy

We teach you to create, think, and produce together with your fellow students, and to place dance in different contexts. You are encouraged to develop your personal artistic profile, both as a creator and dancer. You are the owner of your own career. You become an artistic entrepreneur and will receive every opportunity to build up your (international) professional network.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • A warm and vibrant inclusive learning environment with plenty of room for individual growth
  • Three different profiles: Contemporary, Contemporary Urban, Choreography
  • A broad and challenging education on an artistic, physical and theoretical level
  • 15 art (teacher) courses under one roof with interdisciplinary projects
 

What are you going to learn?

We place our students at the centre of a fantastic team of teachers and choreographers, in exceptional training facilities, alongside 14 other art schools ranging from Circus and Architecture to Visual Arts and Music. Authentic, curious, and distinctive dance artists work in an inclusive learning environment, where individual growth and co-operative exploration are equally prized. Practical work is underpinned by an extensive and rigorous training and research programme that includes a wide range of performance and movement practices. We educate our students to create, think, and produce collaboratively. They become dance makers and dance leaders who have their own voice, who take ownership of their own careers, and who go on to take up meaningful positions in both the performing arts field and wider society.

  • You’ll become a dance maker and leader with your own signature
  • Practice is supported by training and research
  • The programme thoroughly prepares you for taking up meaningful positions in arts and society
 

Izah Hankammer, alumnus Dance Academy

'I was trying to find a place where I could explore myself as an artist. Not only as a dancer but also define my individuality and my artistic capabilities. I found that place at Fontys'

 

 

Emma Hanekroot, student Dance Academy

'In the academy I get to redesign everyday what it means to be a dancer'

 

Courses

Our courses are designed specifically to foster both individual creativity and personal excellence to enable our students to have reach, ambition and impact in the world of today. This course hones, identifies, and develops the transferrable skills needed to take up significant positions throughout the performing arts field and the wider society.

Inclusive Dance and Movement Practice: the transferrable skills of the dance artist, an international Erasmus+ Project, will support this further with a co-created online platform for dance professionals.

At the heart of everything we do and believe is a profound commitment to collaboration, which is why the graduates of the Contemporary, Contemporary Urban, and Bachelor in Choreography profiles are expected to collaborate with other arts disciplines in different locations, both inside and outside of traditional theatre spaces. The creative conversation that takes place between these disciplines, and between the artists and their audiences, is what Fontys Dance Academy is all about.

An academic year consists of two terms of 15 weeks each, and a third one of 9 weeks. This means that you are actively involved in your studies for a period of some 40 weeks each year.

Your curriculum is scheduled between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm. You attend classes and carry out assignments, individually and in a team. Examinations are scheduled at the end of each term.

Your average weekly workload is 40 hours, including 30 contact hours. The number of weekly 90 minutes practical classes amounts to 15, on top of 4 theory classes. All these activities are located both inside and outside the school. Attending performances is part of the curriculum.

Contemporary and Contemporary Urban are two branches of training which share the same basic programme, although they differ in elaboration and specialisation.

Basic Programme: Weekly classes: Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Improvisation, Performance Studies, Creation, Movement research, Yoga, Pilates, Choreography, History, Dramaturgy, Communication, Anatomy.

Basic Programme: Projects; Students working with guest choreographers, projects where students are guided in developing their own work, interdisciplinary projects, projects in public space, and other spaces/contexts.

Specific to Contemporary: extra classes in Contemporary, improvisation, and Butoh.

Specific to Contemporary Urban: Weekly classes in Urban dance as created in the 1980s in the American urban subculture. This includes Hiphop (popping, locking, B-boying, and house) and Authentic Jazz.

In addition, the course offers non-European urban styles such as Contemporary African dance and fusion techniques such as Physical Dynamics.

After completing your second year, you can choose the graduate profile Choreography, with the emphasis on creative dance artist, the art of choreography, and giving shape to dance. A broad view of dance and creating in dance is central here. The programme aims at students with an individual and artistic vision who have the intrinsic urge to make their ‘own’ and ‘innovative’ work. This is also determined by the personal affinity with the art of dance. During your third year, you create five choreographies as a preparation for the professional practice.

Dance Arts in Context

Graduating in Dance Arts in Context requires a six months’ internship during the fourth academic year. In order to do so, you become a member of one or several companies, or you join small-scale productions, at home or abroad. You can also do your internship at an educational institution abroad.

Choreography

As a graduate in Choreography, you create five choreographies. To create your graduation choreography during your fourth year, you work together with professional dancers in a professional setting outside the academy. In addition, you do elaborate field research into a dance company or a choreographer of your own choice.

 

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

Costs

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

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    Career opportunities

    We educate our students to create, think and produce collaboratively. They become dance makers and dance leaders who have their own voice, who take ownership of their own careers, and who go on to take up meaningful positions throughout both the performing arts field and wider society. Take a look at our Digital Stage graduates and at our alumnni network page.

    • Professional dancer
    • Choreographer
    • Creative producer
     

    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

    How to apply for Dance Academy

     

    More about Dance Academy (English)

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