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teacher testimonials

"My working time at The Link is incomparable with any other teaching experience I have approached in over ten years of engagement into dance practices. Despite being a relatively fresh and updated educational platform, The Link is becoming a unique growing environment for dance development, giving students the breath and the allowing circumstances for upcoming approaches while still standing on the necessity of traditional bases and principles of dance technique. Working at The Link gave me the hope and the relieving acknowledgement that finally, the next generation of dancers we are forming in the present moment, will be able to bring the first signs of a long waited new healthy engagement into the professional dance world."

Armando Disanto

"Es bereitet mir Freude, eine Gruppe solcher ganz unterschiedlicher Schüler*innen zu unterrichten. Das Programm ist vielseitig und das Arbeitsklima ein gutes, produktives; hier gehen wir aufeinander ein. Der rege Austausch zwischen Tanzstudent*innen, Lehrkräften und Leitung ist inspiriert - und inspirierend."

Valentin Oppermann

"I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the progress that the students made when I taught ballet on the Professional Training course. Daily classes allowed exploration time to invest in technical details. The students were focused, motivated to learn and progressed quickly. It was a pleasure to teach on this course."

Vanessa Cook

School profile

The professional Dance education at the link will be a very versatile education, where classical ballet and contemporary dance go hand in hand. With inputs from many different dance styles for example urban dance. Also martial arts and body mind classes provide a strong base for an all round dancer.. We want to be able to provide young dancers the knowledge they need to become part of the dance world in many different ways. Primarily as a professional dancer, but with the ability to pursue further education at universiries with bachelor degrees in Switzerland and Europe. There they can deepen their abilities in dance, dance teaching and perhaps finishing off with a masters in choreography. Of course our main view is the dance world in all its different aspects, but we are well aware that maybe during the education a young person changes his or her interests. That’s why we combine our education with Gymnasium or KV education, to give them all the possibilities they need.

The link, organisation

The link was founded in 2011 by Rolf and Jasmine Ackermann. Since the beginning the link is a place where people with many different interests or needs meet. The Link consists out of a health centre, body mind courses, a department for the arts, a massage school and last but not least a Dance School. Over the years The Link has grown into an established organisation. In 2019 it took it’s last leap… Our professional dance education became a reality. It is possible to complete your dance education in conjunction with two different qualifications, gymnasium or KV, alternatively you can simply complete your dance education on its own. On this page you find all information concerning this topic. Feel free to click the link logo here and find out more about the link and all its aspects.

Educational Programs

Dance Education with Gymnasium

This education is in combination with the highest form of education in Switzerland. The normal study time at the gymnasium is 4 years, this is extended to 5 years so our students have more time for dance trainings.

Dance Education with KV

This education is in combination with KV education, which means you have the possibility to focus more on dance, go to school one day a week and complete an apprenticeship at a company. This study takes 4 years but we will offer an optional 5th year where students can really focus on dancing.

Just

Dance Education

The Just Dance education is self-explanatory. This 4-/optional 5-year education wich allows you to focus fully on dance. You have time to work outside of your dance education, to partake in a language course or to use time in any manner you see fit.

Subjects

Classical Ballet, Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Horton, Modern Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, Stretching, HipHop, Step, Contemporary improvisation, Lifting technique, Flying Low, Gaga, Classical repertory, Contemporary repertory, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Alexander technique, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Nuitrition, Dance history, Drama, Audition application, Choreography, Rhythmic, Aikido, Capoeiro, Anatomy

prices and hours

Audition

* For the 1st year 21/22, Private auditions are still possible

* For the 3rd year 21/22, private auditions are still possible

* For the 1st year 22/23, Inscription for our auditions are open

Audition possibilities

Private Audition

* In person:

Classical ballet and modern training, 1-3 Minuten Solo

* Personal talk

* On-line video audition:

Same content in form of a video and zoom conversation

Deadlines

* Application deadlines 1st year 21/22: August 9th 2021

* Application deadlines 1st year 22/23: End April 2022

* Application deadline, Talentscouting day Danse Suisse December 17th 2020

* Individual auditions for our 1st year and 3rd year are possible

Application

* Fill out your online application here

* For a private audition please contact us at info@the-link.ch or +41 (0)31 762 03 03

Lodging

We are working on creating a network to give foreign students the opportunity to live near our centre, Gymnasium or KV or / apprenticeship during their training. These will be rooms in a homestay. These rooms will be provided by host families, who take the students as part of their family.

Support our Students

We believe education should be accessible for everyone and should not yield economic benefits. Based on these beliefs , professional dance training at the link is structured as a “non-profit organisation”. All profits are funnelled back into education. This is our contribution to making education affordable. Nevertheless, we also need outside help for financially challenged families to enable their children to complete this education. With the options below, you can help to support them:

Scholarship Fund

The link’s philosophy is that every talented dancer who wishes to train should be offered the opportunity to do so. In an effort to make this philosophy a reality, we need an certain amount of funding every year to support those of our students in need of additional financial support.

This is where you can help. Why not donate to our student scholarship fund to support students directly? The fund helps to pay for the day to day necessities of being a student of dance – ballet shoes, tights, travel costs, auditions, accommodation costs, and tuition fees. These expenses can mount up as the year progresses.

Through your support, you can enable a student who demonstrates creative potential and excellence the financial support needed to access or continue their training to achieve their maximum potential.

CHF 20 – pays for a pair of soft ballet shoes (a typical student uses up to 12 pairs a year)

Some examples of the difference your donation can make to a young dancer’s training:

CHF 90 – pays for a pair of pointe shoes (a female dance student may go through 10 pairs each year)

CHF 200 – covers the cost to attend an EU audition

CHF 150 – pays for dancewear for one student for the year

CHF 500 – pays for one month’s accommodation costs

ca. CHF 4000 – pays for one term of tuition fees for a student

Sponsorship

One of the most rewarding ways to help is to sponsor our students so they can fulfil their dream of becoming a professional artist . We put our trust in individuals, businesses and large companies to support these exceptional young dancers. You can choose one of our aspiring dancers to assist and support financially to enable this student’s education.

The cost of sponsoring a student is about CHF 12,000 per year (students train for 4 – 5 years). If you sponsor a student, you can track the progress of their education and know that their success has been achieved through your generosity.

Lodging Support

In order to enable foreign students to receive training, we need overnight accommodation in the area of Bern / Jegenstorf. If you have a family room for rent, you can allow a foreign student to study with us.

To support our students in any kind of these possibilities, please contact Rolf Ackermann through our contact form just below or call the link-office at +41 (0)31 762 03 03

Contact

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