teachers; Grigori Tchitcherine, Nathalie Caris, Laurence Korsenti, Jane Lord, Rinat Gizatulin, Ernst Meisner

Study year and duration
AD1 and AD2

Study load (weekly)
Average: 2x 90 minutes (classical repertoire) and 2x 75 minutes (neo-classical and contemporary ballet repertoire)

Contribution to the competences
1. Creative ability
2. Technical capability
3. Problem-solving ability
4. Communicative Ability
5. Ability to grow and develop
6. Ability to Collaborate

Short summary of the content
In the repertoire lesson, the student learns existing repertoire from the professional field.
This can be linked to the variation and pas de deux lessons.
The repertoire is chosen as much as possible from the repertoire of Dutch National Ballet and can vary from full-length classical ballets to 20th-century and contemporary repertoire.
It is the intention that the student gains insight into how people work in a company by studying a group dance, a piece of corps de ballet.

The student learns to work together in the repertory class and to be part of a corps de ballet and also learn how a ballet master or repetiteur teaches the ballets in the field. Sometimes a choreographer can come to class to rehearse/reproduce their own version of a repertoire piece.
Contemporary repertoire can vary from work by choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk, Ted Brandsen and David Dawson to young choreographers affiliated with Dutch National Ballet. In addition, repertoire from other companies such as Introdans, Scapino Ballet and NDT can be taught.
In this lesson, all the technical skills from the classical ballet class and the pas de deux class come together and students are expected to be able to apply them to the repertoire.

Concrete learning objectives
The student:

  • develops knowledge of the repertoire of the great classical ballets and of the neoclassical and modern repertoire of Dutch National Ballet and other companies and choreographers.
  • is able to study repertoire pieces under pressure and is able to pick up a sequence of steps in a short time.
  • demonstrates the ability to make a connection between the elements learned in classical ballet lessons and to be able to apply these in the repertoire, and also shows an understanding of style and role (character).
  • can work well together in a group and understand how a corps de ballet rehearses group dances.
  • shows a feeling for different styles and develops personality in dance styles.
  • is able to recognize, name and actively use different musical rhythms, coordination and their matching idioms.
  • has understood and researched different versions of full-length ballets and is aware of different interpretations by contemporary choreographers.

Method(s) used
In group lessons, the student learns material and repertoire.
Furthermore, research assignments are given into different versions, choreographers and styles.

Used study material (specialist literature, cases, assignments, videos, etc.)
Assignments: Acquiring repertoire knowledge of different versions of classical ballets through self-examination (internet and DVDs) and linking these to music history and dance history.

Assessment method
Evaluation and feedback on the presentation

Assessment criteria
1) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
3) 1, 2, 3, 4
4) 1
5) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
6) 1, 2, 3

Linked to the knowledge gained in the field of dance history and also with music theory in terms of developing an understanding of different styles and matching rhythms, etc.