The rehearsal process and presenting a performance on stage are important aspects of the study program.
The presentation and performance-oriented education is centred around repertoire study, rehearsals and performances of existing and new choreographies. In this way the student acquires insight and gains experience in the way diverse components of a choreography come together in an artistic work: dance technique and style, analysis and understanding of movement, form, structure, music and musical structures, use of space, collaborating with other dancers, etc. Various choreographers from the professional field are invited to work with the students.
Performances during the academic year are scheduled in two or three periods:
- November/December: studio presentations and the Choreographic Project
- February: demonstration performances (possible)
- June/ July: final performances.
In addition, the students may gain stage experience as part of the corps-de-ballet during the major classical productions of Het Nationale Ballet (The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, etc.). During these productions, students learn to adapt to the entire rehearsal process that is a dominant feature of a repertoire ensemble, from learning the choreography via rehearsals in the studio and on stage, to the final presentation during the performances.
The student’s contribution to the rehearsal process and the performances are evaluated by the choreographer/repetitor. A student’s accomplishments on stage during a performance are evaluated with oral feedback by the teachers, choreographer and Artistic Director.