The AD program is the NBA's standard two-year program, with a well-balanced and well-thought-out curriculum. Each year consists of 5 blocks of 8 weeks each.
In the dance technique lessons the emphasis is on the development of classical and contemporary dance techniques. The teachers offer a synthesis of French and Russian techniques according to the requirements of contemporary Western ballet ensembles. The main aim of the technique classes is to give the dancer a sense of harmony with his body, so that he can perform all movements with a natural coordination of the body as a whole. With a thorough technique as a basis, the dancer can fully concentrate on interpreting the choreography. The lessons are given in groups. The teacher uses various teaching methods, including demonstration, instruction, analysis, side coaching, rehearsal and presentation. The classical dance teachers guide the students, both individually and collectively, during the technical dance learning process. In addition, presentations and performances form an important part of the curriculum. Attention is paid to repertoire and rehearsals and performances of new choreographies, so that the student gains experience with the way in which different parts of a choreography come together in an artistic work.
In addition, dance support training is offered: Pilates & Floor Barre, Body Conditioning, strength training for boys and improvisation.
In the AD program, students take theory lessons in dance history, anatomy and injury prevention, and music. In addition, the NBA degree offers dance theory classes that focus on the knowledge and attitude necessary for professional ballet practice.
The aim of the AD program is to train dancers for a place in the Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet or other ballet or contemporary ballet companies.
AD classical ballet year 1 and 2
Year 1 builds on the knowledge and technical experience gained during the seven-year NBA Preparatory Course (or an equivalent program). In year 1 it is the first time that the student dances an average of 6 hours a day. This requires a careful structure of the various subjects and involved teachers. In the first year, the student learns to make connections between the different subjects and gains a first performance experience within the program and with companies. In this way the capacity for cooperation and communication is addressed and step by step the problem-solving capacity and the learning and development skills are worked on.
In year 2, the emphasis is on performances, internships, audition preparation and auditioning.
And the problem-solving skills and learning and development skills are further developed.
Every year, students take a short internship at Dutch National Ballet, where they dance in major classical productions. This offers them work experience and the chance to show their best side to the company, increasing their chance of a successful audition for the Junior Company.
In year 2, the portfolio, CV and the auditions themselves are also intensively prepared in collaboration with various teachers and the artistic director. The layout and content as well as the artistic interpretation of these documents are examined.
Together with the teachers and artistic director, it is also determined in which repertoire the students can best demonstrate their qualities, and the performance of the repertoire is filmed for the benefit of the portfolio. The students can also take advantage of a professional photoshoot.