VSCD Dance Awards - The Swans

The Dance Awards of the VSCD (the Association of Theatres and Concert Halls Directors) have been associated with the Nederlandse Dansdagen since 2003 and are presented during the Nederlandse Dansdagen Gala. A festive evening that officially opens the festival.

More about the awards

The Dance Awards of the VSCD (the Association of Theatres and Concert Halls Directors) have been associated with the Dutch Dance Days since 2003 and are presented during the Nederlandse Dansdagen Gala. A festive evening that officially opens the festival.

Since the jubilee edition of Nederlandse Dansdagen in 2022, this festive evening will be enhanced with the presentation of the Young Swans for dance productions for young audiences. The Young Swans were created on the initiative of the entire field of youth dance, in recognition of the quality and innovative capacity of youth dance. 

All nominated companies, choreographers and dancers have delivered exceptional artistic quality, according to the juries.

The Dutch Dance Jury determines the nominees and winners of the VSCD Dance Awards. The Youth Dance Jury has been judging dance performances for young audiences, from 2 to 18 years old, since 2021.

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The Dance Jury of the Swans 2023-2024 consists of:

  • Joery Wilbers (president), director De Domijnen Sittard
  • John Agesilas, co-artistic director Summer Dance Forever and Hip Hop Academy, lecturer AHK
  • Wendy Lubberding, journalist
  • Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, marketer Korzo
  • Julie Vegter, dance programmer at Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
  • Dave Schwab, head of programming at Theater Rotterdam 
  • Lynn Bartels, Programmer and artistic core teacher of dance theatre de Meervaart

Nominees Swan most impressive dance production 2023

Check out the 2023 nominees below. The winner of the Swan most impressive dance production 2023 is Avatāra by Duda Paiva and Shailesh Bahoran. The winner of the Swan most impressive dance performance 2023 is Giorgi Potskhvili. 

The VSCD Dance Awards have been presented since 1983. The winners receive a bronze sculpture made by choreographer and visual artist Toer van Schayk.

Nominees Swan most impressive dance achievement 2023

The Swans are made possible in part by the Podium Cadeaukaart.

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