... become a choreographer
Growing while dancing in a company
The most traditional way to become a choreographer is to begin as a dancer in a company, start creating your own work through small commissions and workshops, and then keep growing. This is how it is done, for instance, at NDT, Scapino, Introdans.
In The Netherlands you can do a bachelor programme Choreographer SNDO in Amsterdam. Schools in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Arnhem offer a master in choreography.
Then there are the workshops and production houses. These offer space to beginning choreographers. With guidance you can develop your own work methods and signature, without pressure from the press or audiences, and without having to generate income.
It is important to have your work be noticed. There are a number of festivals and competitions especially for young choreographers. Many key figures come to look around at these; for the press and for programmers it is an easy way to see a lot quickly.
If you want to create a production completely independently, there are various funds which provide subsidies for this. Of course, you are then totally responsible for organisation and selling of the show. To stay in the business, you have to keep developing. The Dutch Fund for Performing Arts provides travel and study grants for choreographers to attend workshops led by well-known colleagues.