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.
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.
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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.
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.