by Julia Wassink, Student, National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam
An average day on my academy always starts with a classical ballet class in the morning of one and a half hour.
Afterwards we have pointe class and classical repertoire. Then we have sometimes contemporary Graham class, Caractère or Pilates. Then we have different kind of workshops or we rehearse for a performance.
Last year for instance we were doing a workshop with a ex-dancer of the Nederlands Dans Theater and we learned Bella Figura by Jiri Kylian. Later we used that in our end performance of the year which was really nice.
So our day starts normally half past ten and ends approximately at five.
When you ask foreigners the first thing they say about Amsterdam is drugs, red light district and canals. But of course there is a lot more in Amsterdam. I really like the city because it is so international and really fun to have your school there. Our school is really in the centre of Amsterdam and during the breaks we often go out to get a coffee. On the roof of our school you can see the whole city and when the weather is nice it suddenly looks like a beach up there because everybody is laying and enjoying the sun, really fun to see!
Five minutes walk from our school is the Music Theatre where the Dutch National Ballet is located.