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

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 stiles for example urban dance, with all its different sub-styles and colours. Also martial arts and body mind classes will provide a strong base for an all round dancer with a lot of possibilities. We want to be able to provide young dancers the knowledge they need to become part of the dance world in many different ways. First of all as a dancer, but also give them the possibility to continue there education at one of the many univeristies with bachelor educations in Switzerland and Europe. There they can deepen there abilities in dance, teaching to eventually top it off with a master in choreography. Of course our main view is the dance world in all it 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 Ackermann and Jasmine Ackermann. Since the beginning the link is a place where people meet, with many different interests or needs. The contains a health centre, body mind courses, Culture department, massage school And last but not least a Dance School. Over the years The Link has grown into established organisation. Now it will take the next leap… Make it’s plan of a Professional education for dance a reality. The professional education will start in august 2019. It will be possible to follow this education on 3 different levels, in combination with gymnasium, in combination with KV or our just dance education. On this page you find all information concerning this topic. And feel free to click the link here and find out more about the link and all it’s aspects

Educative 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 takes normally 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, Point, 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 make an apprenticeship in a store. 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, Point, 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 are calculated in considering to the dance education

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 explains itself. This 4-/optional 5-year education wich allows you to focus fully on dance. You have time to work outside of the educative schedule, to do a language course or to use time in any another form

subjects

Classical Ballet, Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Horton, Modern Jazz, Point, 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 training

Contemporary/Modern training

improvisation

Hip Hop

Pre selection

1-3 minute solo

personal interview

Deadlines

*Application: December 30th.

*Audition: January 19th. 2019

requirements

*3 years previous dance training

*A or B diploma Danse suisse

(can be obtained after and is only necessary for education programs: gymnasium or KV)

*1-3 minute solo

Lodging

We are working on creating a network to give foreign students the opportunity to live near our center or high school / apprenticeship during their training. These will be rooms with family access, where the young people will also have contact and connection to the family.

support our students

Seen from our World- and society-view, education should be accessible to all people. Education should not yield economic benefits. Based on these assumptions, professional dance training at the link is structured as a “non-profit organisation”. All the funds/fees that are received in excess, flows back into education. This is how we contribute to making this education affordable. Nevertheless, we also need outside help for financially challenged families to enable there children to do this education. With the options below, you can help to support them:

Stipendien 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 money 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 stipendien 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, 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, excellence and financial need 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 a 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 our students is to sponsor our students so they can fulfill their dream of professional dancing. We trust in individuals, businesses and large companies to support these exceptional young dancers. You can choose one of our young ones Assisting and supporting students who need financial support to enable this student education.

The funding of a student costs about CHF 12,000 per year (students train for 4 – 5 years). If you sponsor a student, you can track the progress of your education and know that your 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 trough our contact form just below or call the link-office at 031 762 03 03

Contact

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