VSCD Dance Awards - The Young 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

Since the anniversary edition of the Nederlandse Dansdagen in 2022, the Young Swans have also been awarded for dance productions for young audiences. The Young Swans came about at the initiative of the entire youth dance field, in recognition of the quality and innovative capacity of youth dance. 

Like its older brother, this award consists of two categories distinguishing dance productions and performances. 

The Youth Dance Jury has judged dance performances for young audiences, from 2 to 18 years old, since 2021.

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The Young Swans 2023-2024 Youth Dance Jury consists of:

  • Liesbeth Wildschut, (president), dance scholar
  • Fritz de Jong, dance journalist Het Parool, Theaterkrant
  • Erik Kaiel, choreographer
  • Mouna Laroussi, dance theatre maker and cabaret artist
  • Nicky van Rossum, programmer Theater Orpheus, Apeldoorn
  • Janneke Schmeitz, festival coordinator schrit_tmacher just dance! and dance programmer PLT
  • Eline van der Stoep, Programmer youth and education at Theater Zuidplein

Nominees Young Swan most impressive dance production 2023

Check out the 2023 nominees below. The winner of the Young Swan most impressive dance production 2023 is Als het anders loopt by Elien van den Hoek, Andreas Denk and Adam Peterson. The winner of the Young Swan most impressive dance performance 2023 is Yeli Beurskens.

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 Young Swan most impressive dance achievement 2023 

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