Dance in the Netherlands

Dance in the Netherlands

There is great variety in dance in the Netherlands. The traditional dance is the Dutch folk dance, however this is hardly practised anymore. Many Dutch practise ballroom dancing, but also salsa (due to the immigrants from Surinam and Dutch Antilles) and line dance is very popular. Also tango has a large following.

Many young girls start their dancing career with classical ballet and jazz dance.

Only a few dances are invented by the Dutch. Most of the Folk Dances are Scottish in origin. The Dutch are inventors of Hakken, which was mainly danced in the Hardcore techno and Gabber scene in the Nineties. Jumpen, which was invented in Belgium, developed further in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is one of the leading countries in the Brazilian version of zouk (a successor to lambada).

The reality show and competition Dancing with the Stars has popularized Ballroom dancing and the Dutch version of So You Think You Can Dance helps the popularity of modern dance in the Netherlands. Ice dance has been popularised by the TV shows Dancing on Ice and Sterren Dansen Op Het IJs.


Ballet & Modern Dance




  • Het Nationale Ballet
  • Dance Works Rotterdam
  • Dansgroep Amsterdam
  • Galili Dance
  • Internationaal Danstheater
  • Introdans
  • Krisztina de Châtel
  • Leine & Roebana
  • Nederlands Dans Theater
  • Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
  • Danshuis Station Zuid



  • Eric Lalta (Salsa Dance Squad)
  • Liduina Lovert (Salsa Dance Squad)


  • Brian Libier & Mechteld Sterk (Three times Dutch Champions, top ten World)
  • Taitienne Walter (Tai) & Cristel Beijkirch
  • Femke & Manoah (Two times Dutch Champions, top 5 Europe)
  • Raùl & Shelina


  • Salsa Dance Squad

Line Dance


  • Tim Immingk

Dance education

  • AHK Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
  • Codarts Rotterdamse Dansacademie
  • Fontys Dansacademie Tilburg
  • Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
  • Vakopleiding Dans Maastricht


  • Dance4life
  • Holland Dance Festival
  • Op Roakeldais

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