The National Ballet Academy has adopted the seven nationally underwritten competencies of the dancer profile according to the ‘Opleidingsprofiel Dans’ (Study Profile Dance) but in doing so, has reformulated the study qualifications according to its own vision. Subsequently concrete behavioural indicators have been linked to the study qualifications in terms of noticeable conduct so that professional requirements, referred to in the qualifications, can be easily assessed. The following is a survey of the competencies (I, II, etc.) and final qualifications (1, 2, etc.) that serve as a guide regarding the content of the education at the Academy of Theatre and Dance (ATD).

1. Creative potential
The graduate is capable of giving meaning to choreographic work on the basis of a personal artistic vision. Dancer

  1. The graduate translates ideas into movement through association, analysis and (physical) interpretation.  
  2. The graduate displays his imagination, individuality and inventiveness in his performance.
  3. The graduate develops a style of his own.
  4. The graduate links knowledge with practice in order to develop and deepen the work process.
  5. The graduate can position his work in a broader (inter) cultural, social and international perspective.

2. Craftsmanship
In his work the graduate applies expertise and a broad range of instrumental skills in a professional way. Dancer

  1. The graduate possesses suitable body control and body consciousness. He shows this through his power, flexibility, musicality, stamina and dynamic ability.
  2. The graduate has mastered an international dance vocabulary.
  3. The graduate displays a strong sense of concept, space, time, sound, image, light and the other.
  4. The graduate has insight in (the phases) of the creative process and can make a fitting contribution.
  5. In dance practice, the graduate displays knowledge of (international) cultural history, repertoire and developments in our present day cultural landscape.
  6. The graduate is well informed about how dancers can sustain a healthy lifestyle and takes good care of his own mental and physical state.

3. Investigative and reflective abilities
Through research and reflection the graduate gains understanding and knowledge about how he functions as a professional and can use such insights in an artistic and social context.

  1. The graduate has gained insight in his talents and potential and reflects on his personal development in relation to his vision and work.
  2. The graduate has an investigative attitude and can undertake (practice-oriented) research.
  3. The graduate continually questions his own work and manner of working.
  4. The graduate assesses his own and others’ work and work method with regard to intention, artistic value and public perception.
  5. The graduate positions himself and his work critically towards that of his own professional field and social context.
  6. The graduate assimilates knowledge of different art disciplines in his development as a dance artist.

4. Potential for growth and innovation
The graduate has the ability to constantly develop and deepen his artistic practice and way of working and thereby contributes to the development of his professional field and society.

  1. The graduate explores and experiments and uses his findings to further develop his artistic practice.
  2. The graduate is open to ideas and acquires new knowledge, insights and skills so he can continue to develop himself.
  3. The graduate is constructive in his approach to diverse professional situations and changing circumstances.  
  4. The graduate exposes links between cultural and social developments and expression and uses his findings to contribute to his professional field and society.

5. Entrepreneurial and organizational ability
The graduate can effectively shape his ambitions in an interdisciplinary and (inter)national work field.

  1. The graduate signals opportunities inside and outside a constantly changing work field and exploits these to realize his ambitions.
  2. The graduate develops his own manner of working and oversees all aspects of the work process and the interaction of the disciplines involved.
  3. The graduate forges contacts that are relevant to building up and maintaining an (inter)national network.
  4. The graduate positions himself in the work field as a performing artist.
  5. The graduate takes the necessary professional measures to enable him to work as a dance artist in the long term.
  6. The graduate negotiates about organizational, financial and substantive aspects of the work field with clients and other interested parties.

6. Communicative ability
The graduate is able to interact effectively within a wide range of professional contexts.

  1. The graduate communicates purposefully within an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international work environment.
  2. The graduate can articulate and physically express his artistic identity, ideas, ambitions and qualities to parties in and outside the artistic process.
  3. The graduate actively seeks to generate publicity and/or opportunities for his work.
  4. The graduate asserts his professional needs and values in an adequate way.  

7. Collaborative ability
Following on from his function, the graduate contributes constructively to the realization of an artistic product or process.

  1. The graduate realizes his own artistic goals in coordination with others.
  2. The graduate is conscious of his own identity and qualities and uses these effectively when working with others.
  3. The graduate is strategic, flexible and respectful with regard to the different roles, responsibilities, interests and qualities that play a part in a (interdisciplinary) collaboration.
  4. The graduate offers and accepts feedback in a constructive way.