Developing and enforcing your own artistry and cultural identity is a central point in all ArtEZ School of Dance study programmes. Much attention is given to prevention, knowledge of your own performance abilities and the development of your personal style as dancer, maker and dance lecturer. Also, much emphasis is placed here on a good technical basis – an important tool for dancers to further develop themselves as artists.
The ArtEZ School of Dance strives to take on a pioneer role in innovating dance education. Education at ArtEZ is divided into periods, which means that the curriculum takes into account the specific physical and mental development rate of the dancer’s body. In addition, traditional curriculum components are linked to supplementary techniques within the programme to varying degrees.
This form of dance education considerably reduces injuries, and contributes to the development of excellent dancers/lecturers with a broad knowledge of self-regulation and career extension.
Health as a focus point
ArtEZ School of Dance works closely together with Papendal Medical Sport Centre (SMCP). In addition, the School of Dance now has an Associate Professor of Health, Matthew Wyon, who conducts research and turns the research data into workable methods for further innovating the dance education at ArtEZ.
ArtEZ School of Dance director Gaby Allard:
“Research shows that dancers are better able to focus on their artistry when they have a good condition and sufficient time for recovery. In other words, you are more effective when you train less and in a more target-oriented way, invest time into exploring your physical talent and know how to mentally and physically prepare for new challenges. For this reason, the ArtEZ course devotes just as much attention to training your body as it does to developing your artistry.”