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What happened in 2015

Every year the Omscholingsregeling reports of all its activities and its financial situation. The board gives account by means of an annual report. Through this report the Omscholingsregeling provides insight in the state of affairs of the program.


Omscholing Dansers Nederland (ODN) provides career guidance counselling services for dancers to help them with all kind of questions related to their dancing career. Questions about contracts, benefits, residence permits, auditions, settlement agreements and concrete requests for career counselling trajectories and/or advice about their future.
In comparison to earlier years the number of dancers who asked for advice increased. In 2014, 161 career conversations were held with 95 dancers. In 2015 that number increased to 211 interviews with 118 dancers. An increase of 25%. A little over half of these interviews were with dancers engaged by dance companies, the other (small) half concerns freelancers.

Dancers who study
In 2015, the total number of dancers who studied with the financial support from ODN was 122. This was ten more than in 2014. 69 of these dancers used a Study and Income Allowance (TSI). They terminated their dancing career in order to pursue  a new career. To do so the Omscholingsregeling provided them with a refund of their study costs and in most cases a contribution towards the costs of maintenance .

 53 dancers received a contribution towards Study Costs (TS). They were reimbursed for the costs of their study to a maximum amount of € 10.000. Most of them studied alongside their dancing career.

The number of dancers that study next to their performing career increases every year. It is nonetheless unclear why that is. It may be because of the insecure employment situation in the field.

New applications
In 2015 seven dancers submitted an applicattion  for a Study and Income Allowance for the first time. These were all approved.
The number of new applications for a contribution towards Study Costs (TS) was 19. That amount is noticeably larger than in 2014, when there were only five.
Furthermore there was a large number of subsequent applications. These are applications for dancers who took already a first step and now continue their study plans. In 2014 this amount was remarkably high and that trend continues in 2015. In total It concerned 48 applications.

Although the return on investment was a bit disappointing (a total loss of € 96.183), 2015 closed with a positive outcome of € 148.476. This is the result of a modest amount of financial support requested by the dancers. This year the costs of the study plans that dancers submitted were relatively low.

ODN develops even more activities. Like the successful symposium with President of the Socio Economic Council, Mariëtte Hamer and State Secretary of  Social Affairs, Jetta Klijnsma. ODN also provides information about the program, takes part in seminars, projects and is internationally active.

Would you like to know more? The full annual report is available on our website. The English version is expected shortly.





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The Next Step

Interviews with former dancers who are in the middle of their retraining program or share their experiences afterwards.




"When as a dancer it is time for a change, a lot of feeling of insecurity arises. The Omscholingsregeling gave me financial support and self confidence to face these new challenges." (Jérôme Meyer)