Companies with subsidy

There are large, medium sized and small dance companies in the Netherlands, all of which are subsidized by the state on national and local levels. In addition other, smaller groups operate on the basis of audience-generated income and project subsidies.

Companies subsidized from the basic infrastructure (BIS)

Four companies get financing from the basic infrastructure (BIS). Two companies fulfil a national function. They perform top level ballet and modern dance and represent the Netherlands abroad. 

Het Nationale Ballet has the task to show the classical ballet repertory and to develop contemporary dance as well. This company employs around 80 dancers.

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) (Netherlands Dance Theatre) from the Hague has divided its approximately 50 dancers into two companies: NDT I is the most important, NDT II a group for young dancers.

Introdans is the third largest Dance company in The Netherlands. It was founded to serve the east of the country. Introdans makes modern ballet and often gets foreign choreographers in to create new work. It has a youth company and is very active in the educational field.

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam is a modern dance company that works a lot with and for youth. Scapino organises many productions, projects and festivals each year in The Netherlands and abroad.

Subsidized companies 2017-2020
Het Nationale Ballet € 7.071.483
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) € 6.606.280
Introdans € 2.851.559
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam € 1.674.403

Dance companies subsidized by the Performing Arts Fund (FPK)

In the period 2017-2020 fifteen medium and small sized dance companies receive a multi-activity grant from the FPK. Part of the money for Club Guy & Roni, Conny Janssen Dances and ISH is for the development of young talents. On the FPK website you can find the companies and the amounts granted from 2017 onwards:

Another Kind of Blue creates performances in which dance, theater, music and technology are merged into a new genre.

Backbone by Alida Dors is rooted in hip-hop, but also has influences from other dance styles.

Club Guy and Roni Groningen-based dance company of choreographers Guy Weizman and Roni Haver that seeks to provide aesthetic inspiration and adopts a critical attitude towards social issues.

Conny Janssen Danst  is modern dance company in Rotterdam that performs dance on all kinds of locations, seeks connections with other disciplines, and places dance within a broader perspective.

De Dansers is a Utrecht-based  group of dancers and musicians. They create performances for children, families and (young) adults.

ICKamsterdam is the city company for dance under the artistic direction of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. ICKamsterdam produces, works with, guest artists and engages in research and arts education projects.

ISH Multidisciplinary dance theatre company based in Amsterdam and led by Marco Gerris. ISH forms a bridge between classical art forms and disciplines from street culture.

Jens van Daele's Burning Bridges is a dance collective dance with choreographer Jens van Daele and changing dancers, musicians, actors and dramaturges.

Julidans is an international contemporary dance festival.

Maas theater en dans is a theatre and company in Rotterdam. The company is formed from a merger of theatre company Max, theatre company Sibera and dance company Meekers in 2013.

nb (NicoleBeutler) realises the artistic and curatorial projects of choregrapher and curator Nicole Beutler often in collaboration with numerous other artists and institutions.

Panama Pictures from Den Bosch focuses on developing and making work at the intersection of dance and circus under the artistic direction of choreographer Pia Meuthen.

Plan d- / andreas denk Amsterdam makes, under the artistic direction of Andreas Denk, recognizable dance theater that appeals to both young people and adults.

Sally Dansgezelschap Maastricht creates dance performances and interactive dance projects for all ages. Sally brings together young dancers and leading choreographers in order to further develop their talents.

De Stilte Company based in Breda and led by Jack Timmermans that is completely dedicated to developing and performing productions for children.

WArd/waRD Anna van den Broek The foundation of the Belgian choreographer Ann van den Broek in The Hague produces choreographies and workshops in the Netherlands and abroad.

Structural subsidy from other governments

Provinces and city councils grant structural subsidy as well. A few well known companies receive structural subsidy from a (big) city council. In Amsterdam the Amsterdamse Kunstraad advises on the Kunstenplan. In Rotterdam the Rotterdamse Raad voor Kunst en Cultuur advises on subsidies in their Cultuurplan.