Dancing in The Netherlands
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The coherence between art subjects: Research prompts


What are the values of art disciplines, such as dance, music, visual art, literature and theatre, in the world? When is there coherence between these disciplines and what connects them? When is it meaningful for the different art disciplines to interact and when is this not meaningful? In other words, what are the boundaries for art disciplines to strengthen each other? How can dancers and visual artists work together in a productive way? How does music and literature invigorate each other? When is an interdisciplinary art project fulfilling its artistic goals and how do you structure such a project?


During the Dance in Art (DiA) Training Program, the dancers will get the chance to do in depth research regarding these questions. They will become critically engaged with the complex cultural and social contexts of art disciplines, furthering their own artistic development. The research will also allow dancers to broaden their current practical experience. With the training program that DiA has to offer, dancers will deepen their knowledge in a number of sources contiguous with the art of dance, such as philosophy, visual arts, music and literature. DiA training uses a methodology that was developed by the artistic director and choreographer Martine van Santen, during her study Master of Education in Arts at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Through this methodology and interdisciplinary art research, the dancers will become more knowledgeable in regards to other forms of art and design concepts. Our goal at DiA is to further educate and empower dancers to become more self-critical, to become more proactive and to be able to sustain their artistic individuality even in an increasingly difficult and linear artistic world.


DiA dancers will get the opportunity to interrogate and challenge their own dance experiences whilst deepening their understanding of how interdisciplinary forms of art can be of practical use within the wider context of current art education and dance performances. They will achieve these objectives through a sustained engagement with choreographic experimentation and exploration.


At DiA we offer daily technique classes, training in various art disciplines, experience in integrating art disciplines with dance, and regular performance opportunities. You will participate in new and original DiA work while also training in Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) Repertoire. Participants will have the opportunity to create original choreographic work from our training in compositional and choreographic research.


You will receive training from teachers that are highly experienced arts professionals. We ensure that you’ll receive expert coaching and advice. The program provides ongoing progress assessment, individual coaching, outstanding support and personal encouragement for each and every dancer.


Training at DiA you will have access to 2 beautiful studio's, a theatre space, exhibition area, restaurant, meeting rooms and DiA’s own tiny garden for vegetables. You will be training at a creative place together with 250 artists with different art backgrounds and disciplines. 


If you are interested in strengthening your technique as a dancer and developing yourself as an artist, DiA is the place for you.


With an extensive public transport network, it’s simple and convenient to get to Haarlem from anywhere in the Netherlands. Also, Haarlem is only 30 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.


From Amsterdam

Frequent trains run directly between Amsterdam and Haarlem’s Centraal Station. For the latest train timetables and fares, check out www.ns.nl 

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Traveling by bike: from Amsterdam you can cycle in 30 from Amsterdam to the new dance studio of Dance in Art at the Haarlemmestraatweg 79. By train it is only 10 minutes. 


Are you living in Haarlem, then you can get to both studio's in 10 / 15 minutes by bike or even walk. 


From Schiphol
If you are travelling to Haarlem from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport by train, then you will have to change over at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. For a more direct route, take Bus 300 called the Zuidtangent, it runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol airport and Haarlem Central Station. The travel time is appoximately about 30-40 minutes.


Haarlem, the Netherlands is located on the banks of the Spaarne River and is the provincial capital of North Holland. Haarlem is a charming medieval city with beautiful architecture and cobbled streets.


There are many picturesque tourist sights, excellent museums, boutique shopping, and a wide range of restaurants. The beach is just a 20 minute bus ride away!


Only 15 minutes by train, makes Haarlem excellently located to visit Amsterdam. Haarlem is also very close to historic Leiden, the cheese markets of Alkmaar and an hour away from The Hague, where the dance company Netherlands Dance Theatre is located.