International Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp

In the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, in The Netherlands, dance and music live under one roof. The Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp ‘22 programme, which will celebrate its first edition from 15 - 20 August 2022, is an intensive two-part programme aimed at the performance but also the composition of dance and music.

Dance Intensive
The Dance Intensive is meant for young pre-professional dancers aged 15-20. The programme exists of:
- Technique classes (classical and contemporary dance)
- Workshops about the composition of dance and music
- (Neo)classical and modern repertory workshops
- Improvisation and composition workshops

ChoreoComp is meant for young professional dancers aged 18-22. After the technique classes in the morning they will collaborate with emerging professional choreographers and composers during ChoreoComp, to create and perform choreographies every other day, accompanied live by a music ensemble. The ChoreoComp course is only accessible after winning a scholarship. Please read more info in the sections 'Scholarships' and 'Applications'.

More information
More information about the first International Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp can be found below. Do you have questions? Please contact Marishka van Loon,

The Dance Intensive is meant for dance students that are interested in fine tuning their technical skills but also in knowledge about choreography and composition. After a preliminary assessment of the application video the Dance Intensive groups are split in two levels. The day will start with classical and contemporary technique classes. In the afternoon there are several workshops aimed at the dancer’s interest in repertoire, choreography, and music composition: How do dance and music come together, what are the priorities, what did a choreographer have in mind and what part did the dancers play in this? In the evening, a program of presentations, dance performances, Impro jam sessions/ streams and/or other activities is put together.

Some of our expert teachers in the first edition of this Dance Intensive are Yannick Boquin, Siner Gönenç (see section 'Biographies'), information on others will follow soon.

ChoreoComp is the pairing of a choreographer with a composer, who together will create a choreography with several dancers, accompanied live by musicians. In the '70s/'80s this creative process was performed every year in the 'Gulbenkian International Dance Course for Choreographers and Composers' in England. The Juilliard School in New York has annual projects in which a composer and a choreographer are linked together via an artistic 'speed date' and then create a work together. This is also where the name ChoreoComp originates from, and it is currently becoming a trending name in the mainstream media and socials.

The RC ChoreoComp section of this first edition Intensive, is under artistic direction of Jan Linkens (Choreographer) and Martijn Padding (Composer). It offers a glimpse into the creative process for a select group, choreographers, composers, dancers, and musicians. ChoreoComp encourages processes of discovery, experimentation, and decision-making. Every other day a new 'Artistic Speed Date' and a 'ChoreoComp Create'. This Intensive forges connections that last a lifetime.

In this first edition of ChoreoComp, young professional dancers can apply for 1 of 10 scholarships. The application video, resumé and motivation letter will be the ‘audition’ (see Application Procedure). For the 10 dancers who win these scholarships, all dance course fees will be paid. After the two morning classes they will work with emerging professional choreographers and composers to create and perform a new ChoreoComp every other day.

The daily schedules will vary in content and order.

Royal Conservatoire International Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp
15th – 20th of August 2022 – daily classes & workshops.

Dance Intensive Course
Advanced level (1):  15-17 years old
(Pre)professional level (2): 18 to 20 years old

ChoreoComp Course & Scholarships
Professional level: 18 to 22 years old

Due to a limited number of places in both level 1 and level 2 classes, a selection will be made based on a short video, the applicant’s resumé and the photographs. Only applicants who receive a confirmation of acceptance will be admitted to the Dance Intensive courses or the ChoreoComp scholarships.

Application procedure
You can apply for the Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp via our application form. Download and complete the file here, then mail it with the attachments to
Make sure to tick the ChoreoComp course and scholarship box in the application form (professional level dancers aged 18 to 22 only).

All applications must be received before May 16th, 2022. The application must include:
- Completed and signed form.
- Letter of Motivation (both for Dance Intensive and ChoreoComp scholarship, if applicable)
- Resumé: (curriculum vitae)
- Portrait photo: (for administrative purposes only)
- Video link: 6-minute maximum, classwork (no barre)
- 2 full body photos: 1 en face, 1 en profile

Dance Intensive course fees
It is only after receiving confirmation of acceptance that participants will be asked to pay the course fees:
- Advanced & Pre-professional Dance Intensive course fee:  € 750
- Royal Conservatoire student fee:  € 500

Participants will be asked to pay the full tuition fee after receiving confirmation of acceptance but before June 1st, 2022. An invoice with payment details will be sent by email after the application has been accepted by our administration.
These fees include all dance classes, workshops, and activities. Not included are all drinks, food, personal expenses, and accommodation. We do offer a list of travel and accommodation partners, but the applicant is responsible for organizing and paying for his/her own travel and accommodation costs.
In case a scholarship is awarded or in case the Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp would have to be canceled due to Covid 19, or other unforeseen measures, the tuition fees will be refunded in full.

ChoreoComp course fees
After all the application videos have been assessed in June, 10 professional level dancers (18-22) may be granted a scholarship to attend the ChoreoComp course. All applicants will be notified in time. There are no fees to be paid. It is not possible to attend the ChoreoComp course without a scholarship.

It is mandatory that the participant takes out personal health, travel, and accident insurances. The administration cannot be held responsible for any damage or injury, however caused, to any person attending the course or third parties, nor for the loss or damage of any property, on or off the premises of the course or of the accommodation.

Important: Due to current Covid 19 regulations and following the Dutch national guidelines, all participants need to show a proof of completed vaccination to ensure a maximum protection.

Download application form

Information and contact
Marishka van Loon,
Coordinator Planning & Projects

  1. The closing date for all applications is May 16th, 2022.
  2. Applicants must be dancers with an advanced, pre-professional or professional level between the ages of 15 and 20 years old (18 and 22 for ChoreoComp) on May 16th, 2022.
  3. Participants will be selected from the applications submitted and shall be notified of the results through their email address.
  4. Applications cannot be accepted without photographs and videos.
  5. The decision of the administration is final, and no correspondence will be entered into if the result of the application is not favorable.
  6. Course fees will not be reimbursed in the event of the applicant’s withdrawal from the course.
  7. In case the administration must cancel the Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp, all paid fees will be refunded to the participant.
  8. The administration reserves the right to change the members of the faculty in the event of illness or any other unforeseen circumstance.
  9. All participants must bring appropriate dancewear as specified within the information bulletin that will be sent to participants admitted to the course. Women are expected to bring enough pointe shoes for the duration of the course.
  10. The final schedule for the course will be posted on-line and on the notice board of the studios on the first day of the course.
  11. The administration cannot be held responsible for any damage or injury, however caused, to any person attending the course or to third parties, nor for the loss or damage of any property, on or off the premises of the course or outside the course.
  12. The participant is obliged to take out personal health, travel, and accident insurance.
  13. No participant can attend the course if they suffer from a pre-existing injury that prevents them from fully participating in the course.
  14. Classes are not compulsory but will not be refunded if missed. ChoreoComp sessions are compulsory. Participants selected for ChoreoComp are obliged to participate in all ChoreoComp sessions. The administration reserves the right to cancel student’s participation in ChoreoComp for any student who misses sessions without a valid reason. If absence from a session is unavoidable, participants are required to inform the coordinator of their intended absence before the session begins.
  15. During the course, the administration may take photographs and/or make recordings (both audio and video) for archives and/or publicity purposes. By registering into our Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp, participants grant Royal Conservatoire, The Hague the right to use their image in promotional material (print. internet and other media).
  16. Conditions for the Dance Intensive & ChoreoComp might be changed over time. In case this happens, the administration will notify the applicants in a timely manner by email.
  17. For any other unforeseen event or situation which these terms and conditions do not explicitly cover, the decision of the administration is final.

Jan Linkens - artistic director dance/choreography
Jan Linkens, born in Maastricht, received his dance training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 1977 to 1994 he was a dancer and choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.

In his dance career he has worked with many choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk, Kurt Jooss, Carolyn Carlsson, Maguy Marin, Peter Martins and Peter Wright. He danced in works by Bronislava Nijinska, Mikhail Fokine, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and many others. 

Jan Linkens himself created more than 50 ballets around the world and danced in almost all European countries, and beyond such as Israel, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, the Netherlands Antilles, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Since 2011, Jan worked as the artistic director of Tanztheater der Komischen Oper, in Berlin and choreographer at Companhia Nacional de Bailado, in Portugal, after which he became artistic intendant of the International Dance Theatre in Amsterdam. Sinds September 2014 Jan Linkens is director of Royal Conservatoire Dance and trains 'dancers of the future into artists with a creative open mind, in combination with craftsmanship, passion and ambition. Dancers who have mastered both classical and modern techniques, and are able to apply them to contemporary dance styles.

Martijn Padding - artistic director music/composition
Martijn Padding studied composition with Louis Andriessen, musicology at Utrecht University and piano with Fania Chapiro. After completing his studies he worked for several years as pianist-coach at the Academy of the National Ballet and with the modern dance companies led by Krisztina de Châtel, Beppie Blankert and Bianca van Dillen. He also made high-profile radio documentaries about contemporary composers and was the artistic director of Orkest de Volharding for two years. He is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and is head of the composition department.

Padding has a fascination with clarity and contrasts between the logical and illogical. In his work he seeks the craftiness rather than the grand gesture. Although his compositions often have a musical (technical) starting point, a theatrical element is increasingly present. In his recent work, his characteristic angularity and concise harmonically structured language are less prominent.

Padding's compositions are performed by many leading ensembles, soloists and orchestras worldwide. In 2014, the opera Laika on a libretto P.F. Thomése directed by artist Aernout Mik premiered at the Holland Festival. In 2015 Padding wrote the farewell work Ick seg adieu on commission for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on the departure of Mariss Jansons. In 2020 Jaap van Zweden premiered Padding's Softly Bouncing with the same orchestra.

In 2009 Padding won the Unesco Prize (International Rostrum of Composers) with his First Harmonium Concerto written for Dirk Luimes and the orchestra the Prize of Honor. In 2011 he received the Edison Klassiek for the Asko|Schönberg CD recording of his Three Concerti' and in 2016 the Johan Wagenaar Prize for his entire oeuvre. In 2020 Martijn Padding was awarded the Andreaspenning of the city of Amsterdam.

Yannick BoquinBallet & Repertoire (including pointes & pas de deux)
Yannick is a well-known ballet master and teacher, in demand world-wide with many important companies and ballet schools. Yannick was born in France and received his ballet training at at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School and subsequently at the National Conservatoire de Paris. As a principal dancer he performed with the Bonn Opera Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rome Opera Ballet and with the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

During his career he was the recipient of the following prizes:
1st prize of the Conservatoire de Paris (1981), Gold Medal (Houlgate Competition, 1985), Gold Medal (International Competition, Paris, 1987) and the Positano and Leonide Massine Award (Italy 1995).
He was ballet master with the Vienna Opera Ballet from 2004 until 2006 and since then became a successful free-lance teacher, working currently with the following companies:
Dresden Semper Oper Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Opera House London, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Norwegian National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Béjart Ballert Lausanne, National Ballet of Prague, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Bolshoi Theater of Moscow, Stanislavski Theater Moscow, Berlin Staats Ballet, Northern Ballet England, Astana Opera and Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, National Ballet of Korea, Zurich Ballet, Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse.

Yannick Boquin is also in demand as a master teacher with the following international ballet schools: Summer Course Centre Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, Houston Ballet Academy, Astana Ballet Academy, Oslo Ballet Academy, Académie Princesse Grace de Monaco, the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and Oslo Dance Academy (KHIO)

In 2011 he choreographed a two-act ballet for Istanbul State Ballet entitled ‘The Sufferings of young Werther’ after a story by Goethe and set to the music of Frederic Chopin. This ballet was also premiered by the Greek National Ballet in 2014.

Siner Gönenç – Ballet & Repertoire (including pointes & pas de deux)
Siner joined the State Opera and Ballet of Izmir (Turkey) in 1988 and  performed with the company until 2004. In the years 2005-2009 she worked there as  ballet mistress, associate director and then artistic director. Since 2005 she has been working with Yannick Boquin  as his assistant and studying his method and style of teaching. She staged the ballet “The sufferences of young Werther” chor.Yannick Boquin in 2011 for the Istanbul State ballet and later in 2014 for the Greek National Ballet. She has been invited as guest teacher in the Dance Nordic Seminar in Stockholm in August 2014 and International Summer Ballet School,Dresden in August 2015

Siner works as a guest teacher with the following companies: Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Houston Ballet Company, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Architanz in Tokyo, The Czech National Ballet Company in Prague, Opera National Bucharest, NRW Junior Ballet Dortmund, The Greek National Opera in Athens, The Henny Jurriens Foundation in Amsterdam, Slovenian National Opera and Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, Istanbul State Ballet, Izmir State Ballet, Antalya State Ballet, Ankara State Ballet

She also taught as a guest at teh following schools; Houston Ballet Academy, Academy of Dance KHIO in Oslo, Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Royal Conservatory of Anvers, Academie Princesse Grace de Monte Carlo, ESDC Rosella Hightower (Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes)



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