Mbo Dancer, Dance leader or Dance assistant

Within the Mbo department, LMIPA offers an Mbo Dancer education programme in collaboration with Noorderpoort College. This three-year programme is a vocational education level 4 course (Beroepsopleidende Leerweg, niveau 4). This programme is available in Amsterdam and Groningen.

Education programmes

Mbo Dancer

This programme trains pupils for future work as dancers, dance leaders or dance assistants.Graduates work as dancers/performers at various (dinner)shows, entertainment parks and events. As dance leaders and assistants, they work in ballet, dance, musical and sports schools. In addition, a number of talented Mbo graduates will be able to audition for and progress to our higher education (Hbo) programmes.


This education programme offers a number of electives (choice subjects). These electives prepare pupils for the professional field or for continuing education at a higher (Hbo) level. At LMIPA, pupils have the opportunity to choose from the following elective subjects:

  • Dance Trends 
    This subject aims at broadening knowledge and skills related to dance trends, both from the performing and educational perspectives.
  • Performing Arts
    This subject aims at broadening knowledge and skills related to the three pillars of the performing arts: dancing, singing and acting.
  • Preparation for Higher Education
    This subject prepares pupils for continuing education on the Hbo level.
  • Entrepreneurship EDAZ
    This subject teaches pupils about entrepreneurship within the three pillars of performing arts (dancing, singing, acting), both from the performing and educational perspectives.

Admission requirements

The Mbo Dancer programme has a limited pupil capacity. Auditions are held every year, to determine who amongst applicants will participate. The Mbo Dancer is a level 4 programme. This means that in order to be eligible for the audition, pupils must have completed at least the pre-vocational secondary middle-management or theoretical programme (Vmbo-K or Vmbo-T respectively). Generally, anyone with sufficient preparational education can successfully take part in auditions.

The auditions consist of three rounds

  • First audition round
    Prospective pupils take audition classes in Pop Theater Musical Dance, Urban en Ballet dance styles. These styles are also part of the education programme itself. Additionally, prospective pupils take part in an individual singing audition. Based on the results of the first round, the admissions committee decides which prospective pupils will advance to the second audition round.
  • Second audition round
    Prospective pupils follow the same audition dancing and singing lessons again. In addition, an intake interview takes place. Prospective students who receive positive feedback for the second audition round from the admission committee, advance to the third round if they meet the prior education requirements.
  • Third audition round
    To avoid possible physical problems during education, prospective pupils undergo a medical examination, which in some cases can include voice examination. If the examination results do not present obstacles to following this education, prospective pupils are admitted to the programme.

The audition rounds are assessed and supervised by the admission committee. This committee assesses prospective pupils based on pre-established indicators.In the third audition round, the admission committee is advised by the medical committee that conducts the medical examination.

Auditions 2023

The auditions for Hbo and Mbo year 2023-2024 are rounded. Registration is no longer possible. From september 2023 the registrationforms voor 2024-2025 will be online.

Open days 2023

January 27 2023 – Preparational education in Rotterdam
January 28 2023 – Preparational education in The Hague
January 29 2023 – Hbo, Mbo and Preparational education in Amsterdam
February 12 2023 – Hbo, Mbo and Preparational education in Groningen


Internships are an integral part of all LMIPA education programmes. Doing an internship brings students in close contact with the professional field. In addition, during internships, they can acquire valuable contacts that can become useful later on in their career.