The SNDO—School for New Dance Development —offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a Bachelor's degree in Art – Choreography. The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the existing forms and styles that dominated the field in Europe and North America. After forty years, the SNDO remains inquisitive, open minded, and in the foreground of progressive developments in the fields of dance and performance. Centering the students’ development and their work, in the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, awareness of the body and the artistic implications of working with it take precedence and choreographic explorations and creations are at the main vessels for student development.
SNDO’s international reputation, carefully curated programme and rich pool of students and alumni continue to contribute to the development, renewal, challenges and expansion of the established ways of thinking choreography and making (dance)performances.
Throughout the years one thing has remained constant—that which is expected from its students, the SNDO poses as a task to itself: continuous critical self-examination, experimentation and renewal.
Over and above its core curriculum, the SNDO does this through active dialogue with contemporary themes and politics within the profession, education and society at large; stimulating and initiating new developments and research in the area of dance and performance; by offering intensive courses and symposia, or occasionally by producing articles that can contribute to further development in the field.
SNDO has built an international position and has students from different parts of the world coming from more than forty different countries. The staff and (guest-) artists and teachers are both Dutch and international and the courses are taught in English.
SNDO collaborates with number of local and international organizations form the fields of dance, performance, visual arts and education.
Like any educational structure SNDO is further recognized and enriched through the work of their alumni. The forty-year long trajectory has brought many teachers, dancers and choreographers into the international filed.
SNDO is part of the Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
It is a member of Performance Platform and Amsterdam Dance Dialogue (Amsterdam Dansoverleg).