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Professional dancers are also known as the top sportsmen and women among performing artists. Their work is more than just a job. It is an intensive, demanding career, which requires passion and dedication. Dancers are so dedicated that they forget that dancing is their job – it is their life.
The downside of a dancing career is that its intensive and demanding character means that it doesn’t last long. At a certain point, dancers have to end their performing career and choose a new profession.

The Stichting Omscholingsregeling Dansers was founded in 1986. This programme provides support for dancers who want to make a new start in society, through giving counselling and careers advice, and a financial contribution towards realising the new choice of profession.

Who is it for?

Eligibility Criteria

What are the possibilities

Refund of study costs

Refund of study costs and costs for maintenance




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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)