Concern for health and welfare is a crucial investment when it comes to improving the quality and extent of a professional podium career. Students at the Academy of Theatre and Dance/ Dutch National Ballet Academy endure a high degree of physical and mental stress. It is essential therefore, that a student learns to adopt a responsible way of working. Moreover, the study program and the future employer are co-responsible for a healthy environment, conducive to study and work.
Since the start of the 1990s, the Dance sub-faculty of the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance has steadily developed a unique Health Program. The program consists of three parts: education, advice and guidance and research. Initially the program, developed by the Dance & Health Department, focused mainly on dance students. However, the Health Department’s Health Team has now also taken to working for other ATD departments.
Consulting hours give students the opportunity to raise individual questions or physical and/or psychological complaints. Problems can then be identified at an early stage and if necessary guidance can be offered. In the case of injury, a recovery program will be compiled. A student may seek help at his/her own initiative or be referred by a study supervisor, mentor or teacher. The consulting hours have an advisory and educational function. No treatment is given! Students can choose from a diverse range of consulting hours:
• Consulting hour – posture and movement, injury prevention.
By a physio-manual therapist and a Mensendieck exercise therapist
• Consulting hour – nutrition.
By a dietitian
• Consulting hour – psychological counseling.
By a psychologist
• Health and well-being
By the coordinator Health department
If (para)medical treatment is necessary, the Health Team can give specific advice. The team is affiliated with a network of specialized healthcare professionals (for example, general practitioner, Manual-, Physiotherapist, Mensendieck Therapist, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dietitian, Psychologist and Psychomotor Therapist, Osteopath). More detailed information about the Health & Performance department can be found here.
The cost for the medical screening and structural and functional screening are €115,- for Bachelor students and €145,- for Guest students.