A place where professional classical and contemporary dance education go hand in hand

Audition for the school year 20/21:

Because of the Corona event, applications for the next school year, which starts in summer 2020, can be made online.

Please send us a video with a short sequence in ballet, Contemporary and a solo, all in all about 10 – 20 minutes.

We will contact you for an appointment. This conversation will take place over live stream.

If, due to the corona situation, it is currently not possible to record a video, please report anyway, we will find a solution.

Please send the Video and a short application letter with personal details to info@the-link.ch

(Large video files can be send via we-transfer).

We look forward to you!

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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 2010 by Rolf and Jasmine Ackermann. Since the beginning the link is a place where people with many different interests or needs meet. Within the Link there is a health centre, body mind courses, a department for cultural arts, a massage school and last but not least a Dance School. Over the years The Link has grown into an established organisation. Now it will take the next leap…We are now taking the organisation to the next level by making a professional dance education a reality. The professional education will start in august 2019.. It will be 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.

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

Weekly classes of dance and study

*one class = 45 minutes
Year Dance Study
1st year 24 classes 28 classes
2nd year 28 classes 28 classes
3rd year 29 or 31 classes 28 classes
4th year 28 or 30 classes 28 classes
5th year 27 or 29 classes 28 classes
*this schedule does not contain the extra included 60 hours of workshops which complete the education.

Yearly Course Fee

*countains all dance courses and workshops included in the schedule. Does not include gymnasium tuition fees or lodging
Course Fees
1st year CHF 8,900.00
2nd year CHF 9,300.00
3rd year CHF 9,300.00
4th year CHF 9,300.00
5th year CHF 8,900.00

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.

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

Weekly classes of dance and study

*one class = 45 minutes
Year Dance Study
1st year 24 classes 1 day
2nd year 28 classes 1 day
3rd year 31 classes 1 day
4th year 30 classes 1 day
5th year 29 classes
*this schedule does not contain the extra included 60 hours of workshops which complete the education. The apprenticeship hours calculated have taken into consideration the dance education schedule.

Yearly Course Fee

*countains all dance courses and workshops included in the schedule. Does not include KV tuition fees or lodging
Course Fees
1st year CHF 8,900.00
2nd year CHF 9,300.00
3rd year CHF 9,300.00
4th year CHF 9,300.00
5th year CHF 8,900.00

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

Weekly classes of dance

*one class = 45 minutes
Year Dance
1st year 24 classes (extra classes possible)
2nd year 28 classes (extra classes possible)
3rd year 31 classes (extra classes possible)
4th year 30 classes (extra classes possible)
5th year 29 classes (extra classes possible)
*this schedule does not contain the extra included 60 hours of workshops which complete the education.

Yearly Course Fee

*countains all dance courses and workshops included in the schedule. Does not include lodging
Course Fees
1st year CHF 8,900.00
2nd year CHF 9,300.00
3rd year CHF 9,300.00
4th year CHF 9,300.00
5th year CHF 8,900.00

Audition

Audition

Classical ballet training

Contemporary/Modern training

Improvisation

Hip Hop

Final audition

1-3 minute solo

Personal interview

Deadlines

* Application deadlines Gymnasium und KV: March 10th 2020, just dance: June 1st 2020

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

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

Requirements

*3 years previous dance training

*A or B diploma from Danse Suisse

(can be obtained after audition and is only necessary for educational programs: Gymnasium and KV)

*1-3 minute solo

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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date time event location
16.11.2019 09.00-15.00 Open-door day. First year education the-link, Jegenstorf let us know you are coming
13.06.2020 ? Lasting Traces III Kirchgemeindehaus Jegenstorf tickets will be available soon
14.06.2020 ? Lasting Traces III Kirchgemeindehaus Jegenstorf tickets will be available soon
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