Empowering the future careers of dancers

Dancers make an important contribution to culture and society, but the performing life is intense and short. When their career comes to an end, dancers face the inevitable challenge of considering what to do next and how to do it. ODN is dedicated to providing the resources and support dancers need to make a successful transition from dance into a new career.

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New cao 2022

From the 1st of January 2022, the new collective labour agreement for the Omscholingsregeling Dansers (cao ODN) is in full swing. This is a...

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Omscholing Dansers Nederland

The retraining program is an important labor condition for dancers in the Netherlands. We have been helping dancers to pursue a second career since 1986.

The doors of ODN are open to every professional dancer. Both Employed and freelanced dancers are welcome at ODN to receive free of charge advice and career counselling. We also offer financial support to dancers who are part of ODN and pay contributions during their career.


The pursuit of a next career

ODN offers you the opportunity to reinvent yourself

Career advice

Regardless of which stage of their careers they are in, every professional dancer is welcome to make an appointment with our career advisor to discuss their current or future profession. This service is free of charge.

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Financial support

Dancers who meet the eligibility criteria receive financial support to transition into their new profession. ODN provides dancers with the financial tools so they can do what they do best: work hard to achieve their goals.

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Practical matters for dancers

Are you already using the retraining program? All practical information and forms you may need are organized on one page. In case you cannot find what you are looking for, get in touch.

Daniel Hayward studied Sustainable Development at Utrecht University

"It is important that performers in the field stay abreast of their own rights for retraining."
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Meet the team

Our team is committed to help dancers in a highly professional manner. We know how hard dancers work during their career and how hard it can be when it is time to transition into something new. That’s why helping dancers is both our work and our passion.

  • Collaborating partners

    ODN is a labor condition by NAPK and Kunstenbond

    We are collaborating with other funds in the cultural field and with international organisations for the retraining of dancers

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