The School for Young Talent is unique in the Netherlands. It is a programme in which pupils can combine regular education from group 7 of primary school with dance training or a preparatory course in music or visual arts. For more than 60 years the School for Young Talent has given talented dancers the opportunity to combine their dance training with regular primary and secondary education, with the option of continuing on to study for a Bachelor’s degree. The timetables for the dance lessons and the regular classes are carefully coordinated.

In addition to the school curriculum, the students have daily lessons in classical ballet, pointes technique (for girls) and jump technique (for boys), physical training, modern dance, repertoire, pas de deux, caractère and flamenco. Every year the pupils give studio presentations and a series of end-of-year performances.

To further promote the professional development of its students, Royal Conservatoire Dance works closely with the Nederlands Dans Theater.



Open Studio days

Open Studio days are organised when parents are invited to come and attend dance lessons and observe the progress their children are making. The Open Studio days are held in October.

Studio Evenings

Two Studio Evenings are organised every school year, in November and March, in our own theatre. The ballet groups demonstrate the progress they have made in the various elements of the curriculum: classical ballet, modern dance, caractère, flamenco and repertoire.

Young Talent Project

Every year the students in ballet groups VI, VII, VIII and the Bachelor of Dance course present the Young Talent Project, a joint production of Royal Conservatoire Dance and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) .
The Young Talent Project represents a bridge between the student phase and a professional dance career. The inspiring project gives final-year pupils of the School for Young Talent and students of the Bachelor of Dance programme the opportunity to perform works from the repertoire of the Nederlands Dans Theater and to learn about the company’s methods.

End-of-Year performances

Every school year ends with a series of performances by all of the pupils and students in the school’s own theatre. The audience is presented with a varied programme of works from the classical and modern ballet repertoire, as well as new repertoire by international choreographers.

School for Young Talent’s Cultural Fund scholarship
The School for Young Talent’s Cultural Fund awards an annual scholarship for Royal Conservatoire Dance. The scholarship is worth €2,000. The fund also offers an Encouragement Prize of €1,000. Candidates for the scholarship or the encouragement prize take part in a Dance Scholarship Master Class given by a guest lecturer, at which the winners of the awards are selected by a jury of external experts.

Dancers’ Fund ’79 scholarship
Every year the Dancers’ Fund ‘79 Open Lesson is held in the studios of Royal Conservatoire Dance. Following the Open Lesson, which is exclusively for students of the Dutch academic theatre dance courses, a number of talented students are offered a scholarship to be used for their further training as a dancer. The scholarship is intended to enable promising Dutch students to measure themselves against international dance standards.



Please contact Coordinator Auditions Sacha Steenks.

or call the Ballet reception: +31(0)70 315 1505