How do the students manage to find and select this school?
Students send us videos or come for a class, but I also go to different schools and look for dancer with the ability to be developed in our school. I can take a dancer which is very short with not so good feet, or a very tall dancer with great legs and feet. But they are all connected with one ingredient: the love and the respect for our art form.
When they come to the school, they know they have to serve dance and sometimes make sacrifices, in a positive way. In order to be dancer, it’s not just about posting pictures on social media. We find those dancers often in small places, where you meet dancers who are not yet stars.
I prefer someone who is purer, love dance and hasn’t so much knowledge yet. We can then model them better to be a good dancer.
You are travelling around and looking for students?
I see around 4000-10000 students every year and we take from 10 to 20 students. Due to the pandemic, we could not take so many students as we wanted, so therefor we now take around 20 students in order to build up the school again. After a couple a year we will take around 10 students as before the covid broke out.
The students stay for four years at the school, but they can stay one year more or one year less. We have engaged them when they are 14 years, but we want to lower that to 13 years. But today I have a student who is 12 years, but she is extremely talented. I told her parents she could come here one month and then go home and come another month and stay here fulltime from she is 13 years. But after she arrived, she didn’t want to go home.
The students must also be mentally and physically ready for the training. But remember 50-60 years ago the students were in the company already at the age of 15-16 years.