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Welcome to SNDO - School for New Dance Development

The SNDO - School for New Dance Development - offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a Bachelor's degree in Art – Choreography.

The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the existing forms and styles that dominated the field. After forty years, the SNDO remains inquisitive, open minded, and in the foreground of progressive developments in the fields of dance and performance.

In the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, and awareness of the body and the artistic, political and ethical implications of working with it take precedence. 

Live video call

Get to know the programme.

In conversation with the students and mentors of the programme School for New Dance Development.

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Saturday 29th of January
11:00 - 12:30 hrs (Amsterdam) 

In conversation with students and Joy Mariama Smith (mentor SNDO 3 and core team member)

Saturday 29th of January
12:30 - 14:00 hrs (Amsterdam) 

In conversation with students and Bruno Listopad (mentor SNDO 2 and core team member)

Saturday 29th of January
14:00 - 15:30 hrs (Amsterdam) 

In conversation with students and Noha Ramadan (mentor SNDO 1 and core team member)

More information 
More information about the field of study, please go to School for New Dance Development SNDO

SNDO application is open

The application procedure for the academic year 2022-2023 is open. 
Please be informed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SNDO has decided to have the audition take place online.  

•    Upcoming audition: 24 to 31 March 2022. Results will be announced on 8 April 2022 
•    Application deadline: Friday, 4 February 2022 

The SNDO audition includes several components, such as classes in contemporary technique, movement research, presentation of short video performance (solo), a group assignment and an interview with one member of the audition board. 

A more detailed information about the procedure will be announced closer to the audition dates. 

The audition board is formed by an internationally known choreographer, a presenter or programmer of a theater, venue or festival, an SNDO graduate, two teachers and the artistic director of the SNDO. 

Student projects 

SNDO Film Workshop
The SNDO Film Workshop provides the students with platform to create a short film. An external guest – filmmaker - and ATD staff member co-teach the course. The guest brings in their artistic frame of reference, teach basic Film Theory and artistically support students in concept development and editing phase of their films.  The Film workshop ends with a public presentation. 

In 2021 the workshop was led by filmmaker Marta Popivoda and as video-editor Helle Lyshøj.

Below you can find links to some short films from students of SNDO.

Agnė Auželytė
Barros: (password: barros123)
La Uyi: (password: LALALALA)
YuJing Liu:  

Peter Scherrebeck Hansen - student SNDO 3
Album for Endo

SNDO Forest Online 
This forest is an online ecosystem featuring studies, exercises and sketches, as well as fairly rounded bodies, ideas and creations of SNDO – School for New Dance Development students.

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