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Newcomers in 2014

In 2014, over 70 people applied to the Omscholingsregeling. Most of them submitted an additional application to previous plans. Thirteen dancers applied for the first time. Five of them started a study next to their dance career. Eight of them exchanged their dance career for a new challenge. Read the choices some of them (f.l.t.r.) made:

Jaione Zabala Martin started her dancing career in 1991 and danced from 2000 to 2008 with the Dutch National Ballet. From 2008 she has worked as a soloist dancer with the State Theatre Ballet Nürnberg. In 2014 she started the American Ballet Teacher Training.
‘What the Omscholing means for me during my transition to a new career is calmness and support. I stopped dancing from one day to another by an accident on stage that damaged for the second time my left foot. I can say that having the Omscholing as support and option to start something new and fresh, caused me not to breakdown psychologically and took away the drama that a moment like this can carry since dancing has always been my big passion. I’m really glad I had chosen to keep my Omscholing when I left Holland. I’m living my transition really joyfully and in a way I would never experience it without it. Omscholing is helping me to feel prepare and look at the future with excitement. I just can say THANK YOU! "’

After a dance career of eleven years with Introdans, Karin started a part time study Nutrition and Dietetics at the Haagse Hogeschool in 2014. Furthermore she works as a freelancer and a secretary at a physical therapy practice.
‘Thanks to the Omscholingsregeling I can make a contribution to a healthy future for dancers. Of course I have been able to save some money while dancing, but next to my study costs I also have to pay my mortgage, insurances and other things. I am just able to make ends meet. Without the Omscholingsregeling it would have been impossible to study. A dancer who has not been able to do anything else but to dance for 50 to 60 hours per week, retraining is necessary if he or she wants create a future for him or herself.’

Rein Putkamer started his dance career in 2001 with Krisztina de Châtel en Itzik Galili, before he joined the Scapino Ballet in 2004. In 2014 Rein started his Law studies at the University of Leiden.
‘The Omscholingsregeling has turned out to be indispensable for me to be able to commit myself completely to my study. To stop dancing and to exchange my working life for a University education meant a big change in my life and consumes almost all my time and energy. Thanks to the Omscholingsregeling I am able to handle this radical shift.’

Jessica Teague, born in the US, spent most of her 16-year dancing career in Europe. She came to the Netherlands in 1999 to dance with the Dutch National Ballet. From 2005 to 2007 she worked at the Göteborg Ballet and in 2007 she started as a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. After completing her Bachelor of Art History in 2015, she will start a Master in Cultural Management.
‘I feel extremely lucky to be able to participate in the omscholing program for dancers. The program gives dancers the chance to feel confident about their future outside of the dance world during what could be a very scary transition period. I'm inspired and excited to explore new opportunities and interests in my life, which would have otherwise not been possible without the omscholingsregeling.’

Dario Tortorelli came to the Netherlands in 2001 and has been working among others with Introdans and Ann van den Broek (WArd/waRD). Dario made an individual study plan for his retraining period. His goal is to develop into an all encompassing artist. Therefore his study plan focuses mainly on choreography, film & photography, directing and light design.
‘My transition is about development. I want to keep the connection with the performance field and use my experience as a dancer/performer to evolve myself into an all-round artist. The Omscholingsregeling is an ideal bridge for this transition. It gives the time to find out what you want for the future and looks with you into what the possibilities are.’

the photo from Dario was taken by Martijn Kappers





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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)