Classical ballet has a prominent place in the art of dance and is performed all over the world by large and medium-sized dance companies. These ensembles not only guarantee the survival of the classical and neoclassical classical repertoire (Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadère and ballets by MacMillan and Balanchine, for example) but also promote the dynamic development of new work (William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson and Wayne McGregor). Repertoire is exchanged in the international field and ensembles strive for the highest quality in the field of artistry and performance. The technical demands placed on dancers are constantly increasing, and with them the demands placed on dance training. The dancers are expected not only to excel on a technical level, but also to contribute to a creative process and convincing performance on stage.
With the BA Teacher Classical Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet Academy aims to add an extra layer of knowledge, inquiry and research to the classical ballet training. The students who will take this course can be students who transfer directly from the AD or professional dance artists from the field. The latter group brings many years of embodied knowledge with them. The other students entering directly from the AD can also benefit from this.
In addition, the BA students will also have a positive influence on the further development of the Dutch National Ballet Academy and the syllabus, working method and ballet art, through their research and inquiry.
The professional field is also closely involved in the development of the BA program through the exchange of knowledge. In addition, there are a number of teachers who are currently (also) working for the Dutch dance companies.
Students who graduate are able to teach at a professional ballet school nationally or internationally, at semi-professional or amateur ballet schools with a classical basis and also as a ballet master/rehearsal director in a professional company where ballet is the starting point.