May 20, 2024

Dancing on the Edge Scholarship Programme 2021 for Dancers from Middle East and North Africa (Fully Funded to The Netherlands)

Deadline: March 1, 2021

DOTE are calling the new generation of contemporary dancers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) for the Dancing on the Edge Scholarship Program 2021. Dancing on the Edge (DOTE) offers scholarships to young talent from the MENA region to attend a three-week Summer dance workshop program.

In 2021, depending on the development around Covid-19, this will either be offline in Amsterdam (attending the three-week Amsterdam Summer Intensive) or online in the three-week Online Masterclass Program. On the application form, you can let us know if you are interested to participate in both programs, or just one or the other.

DOTE is the only organization in The Netherlands devoted to presenting and promoting Middle Eastern/North African (performing) arts, and provides a platform for talented artists from this region, who produce original, relevant, vital and creative work. The scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Henny Jurriëns Studio (HJS). HJS is the most prominent dance-training institute for professional level dancers in The Netherlands. DOTE and HJS have been collaborating since 2012 offering scholarships.


Due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions, it remains unclear whether the Amsterdam Summer Intensive is able to take place in July 2021. In 2020 it wasn’t, and the Dancing on the Edge Scholarship went online, providing the scholarship dancers with a carefully selected three-week online dance masterclass program. Coming year, we will offer dancers the three-week offline scholarship in July, if the Amsterdam Summer Intensive takes place and intercontinental travel is possible. If not, we will offer the three-week Online Masterclass Program in June, with some of the same dance teachers.


During the three weeks of the offline scholarship in Amsterdam, dancers can take technique classes and participate in workshops in Amsterdam, taught by teachers representing the most important companies and styles in today’s contemporary dance world. These include Akram Khan, Kidd Pivot (Crystal Pite), Peeping Tom and Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. The program is an ideal opportunity for dancers to study in an international atmosphere together with other professionals and professionally oriented dancers. Dancers can also attend performances from the cutting-edge Julidans Festival, which takes place at the same time. Check out a report of the DOTE Scholarship 2018, the Amsterdam Summer Intensive program, right here.

The DOTE Scholarship Program covers travel and visa expenses, accommodation, program fees, and some performance tickets. There is no per diem: participants are expected to pay for their own living and other expenses. They should also pay their own travel/health insurance.

This program will take place in July 2021.


During the three weeks of the online scholarship, the masterclass program, dancers can take some of the same classes by the same teachers in a carefully selected online program. This can be done from home. A small space to move is enough, as long as you can focus there, and you have a laptop and internet to use. In a small group of selected dancers, you will take part in an intensive online program, with a different teacher every week and one three-week workshop. You can expect more personal attention than in the offline classes, more possibility to ask questions, and great opportunities to expand your network.

This three-week program will take place in June 2021.

Take a look at the 2020 Online Masterclass Program here.


Dancers applying must:

  • come from (and be at least partly based in) an Arab country or Iran
  • have at least some (and preferably substantial) training and performance experience in contemporary dance
  • be no older than 27 years
  • For the offline program: be capable of travelling and living independently for this period
  • For the offline program: have enough resources to pay for food and other living expenses that may occur in this period
  • For the offline program: have or be able to acquire health/travel insurance for this period
  • For the offline program: arrange their own visa if necessary (with the help of organizing parties)


Please fill in this form before March 1st 2021, after this application deadline the form will close and you will not be able to apply anymore. The next call for the 2022 Scholarships will open in December 2021.

For questions, please write to: [email protected]

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