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State of the dancer #2

“One of the first mountains that a dancer needs to climb is money. Yes, dancers need an income, just like anybody else in the world and one too many times during my career I had the feeling that some people out there forgot about this little but essential detail.”

Income is a small, but not unimportant detail if you want to survive as a dancer. This point was stressed by Davide Cocchiara in his speech State of the Dancer, which he gave at the discussion afternoon in Korzo on 15 December 2016. However, he remarked, it is a detail that is sometimes rather too easily overlooked. The Omscholingsregeling organised the afternoon to find answers to the question of what is involved in being a professional dancer in the year 2016.

It is a topical subject. The Social Economic Council, the Council for Culture and Kunsten ’92 are also addressing the income position of artists and the long-term employability of people working in the cultural sector, and they will advise the Minister of Education, Culture and Science on these matters.

Just how challenging the career of a dancer/artist is came to light in the panel discussion on 15 December about the changing labour market in the dance sector. Here is the report of this discussion, summarised by Annette Embrechts. How attractive is it to be a dancer in the Netherlands? Well worth the read!

The (changing) future of the dancer The (changing) future of the dancer (95 KB)





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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)