The National Centre Performing Arts (NCPA) is committed to optimize awareness and skills of artists to increase self-management in service of a sustainable professional career.


NCPA develops and connects knowledge and encourages the implementation and application of knowledge.

NCPA initiates and facilitates an integrative approach to (multi-) disciplinary research, education and professional practice.

The knowledge heritage of the Dutch Foundation Health Care for Dancers is accommodated in the NCPA. From 2017 onwards the NCPA will digitize the archives of the foundation and make it available to stakeholders and interested parties.

Read more in the Booklet About NCPA

The three founding partners are the University for Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen, Sports Medical Centre Papendal and ArtEZ University for the Arts.


HAN University for Applied Sciences

University for Applied Sciences of Arnhem and Nijmegen has a number of faculties. The Faculty of Health, Behaviour and Society (GMM) offers Bachelor and Master programs in the field of health (Institute of Paramedical Studies), behavioural, social, sports and exercise. In addition professorships and knowledge circles perform applied research in various fields. The professorships are housed in centers of knowlegde. NCPA will primarily work with the centre for Rehabilitation, Occupation and Sports and specifically with the professorships Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Recognition and Development of sporting talent and Nutrition in relation to sports and health. For more information please visit


Sports Medical Centre Papendal

Sports Medical Centre Papendal (SMCP) is a multidisciplinary centre for sports medicine, sports rehabilitation / physiotherapy, physical training and lifestyle coaching. Major target groups of SMCP are individual consumers, (top) athletes, professional dancers and musicians, governmental organisations (police officers and firemen) and business. SMCP is HKZ certified and has its principal place of business at National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem and has branches in Utrecht (Galgenwaard stadium) and Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. In the region SMCP has two branches for physiotherapy (Rheden and Gelredome Arnhem-Zuid). SMCP is working closely with the Department of Orthopedics at Hospital Rijnstate and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Group of the University for Applied Sciences of Arnhem and Nijmegen. For more information, please visit


ArtEZ University of the Arts

ArtEZ Institute of the Arts trains students for professions in which art, knowledge and creativity play a central role. ArtEZ offers a related selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in visual art, architecture, fashion, design, music, theatre, creative writing, dance and art education. At the same time, ArtEZ is a specialised knowledge institute where lecturers combine theory and practice. ArtEZ works together with a large number of partners at home and abroad, such as other educational institutes, companies, governing bodies and non-profit organisations.

At ArtEZ, education is focused on students’ artistic, intellectual and personal growth. They are trained in a professional role that closely matches their talent, personality and ambition and they receive support from lecturers who have more than earned their spurs in professional practice. Because of this individual approach, students are well prepared for their future careers as arts and culture professionals.

In the area of Dance, ArtEZ offers the Bachelor of Dance and Bachelor of Dance in Education, as well as a Master of Theatre Practices. The study programmes are provided by the ArtEZ School of Dance. The school is known for its unconventional programme. The special method of dance teaching reduces injuries considerably and contributes to the development of excellent dancers, dance makers and dance teachers with a great deal of knowledge of self-regulation and career extension.

ArtEZ Conservatory is one of the largest schools of music in the Netherlands. ArtEZ has responded to developments in the field in a way that few other schools of music have. This is reflected in the offer of new study programmes such as MediaMusic, Music Therapy, Music Theatre and the Academy of Pop Music. But also  in programmes such as Classical Music, Jazz & Pop and Music in Education, which anticipate changes by implementing radical innovations in their curricula. This has resulted in a broad choice of programmes for students, innovative guest lecturers, multidisciplinary projects and a wide range of genres and styles.
For more information, please visit

The board of NCPA

Chairman: Laurien Timmermans MA, director ArtEZ Conservatory

Secretary/ member: vacancy

Advisor: Gaby Allard MPhil, member Executive Board ROC van Amsterdam

National Centre Performing Arts
p/a secretariaat NCPA
T.a.v. L. Timmermans
Onderlangs 9
6812 CE Arnhem
The Netherlands

Stichting Nationaal Centrum Performing Arts
Registration Chamber of commerce  62067788 (SBI-code 93196)
ING bank account NL 18 INGB 0006 6991 95

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