JV2 Professional Development Diploma provides participants with a unique opportunity to train and develop as versatile and multi-disciplinary performers and, if circumstances allow, tour nationally alongside Jasmin Vardimon Company.

With its direct relationship to one of the foremost creative minds in the UK, the programme offers students access to the processes of Jasmin Vardimon Company and the opportunity to learn the technical foundations of dance theatre, as well as the specific approach developed by Vardimon. Alongside dance techniques, students will explore theatrical skills, voice coaching, body conditioning, analytical and education techniques, music and the visual arts.

JV2 is designed for a small group of students, allowing one on one interaction with Jasmin Vardimon and company members. It is an ideal opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge of Vardimon’s methodology and apply it to their own creative exploration.  Working side by side with the professional touring company in repertoire rehearsals, students will gain an insight to the working environment of a touring company. Vardimon and 2 guest choreographers will create works for the students, transforming them into the JV2 Company, who celebrate the end of the programme performing (when possible) in a national tour. Participants will also gain experience in and learn how to educate through Jasmin Vardimon Company methods, building confidence as dance educators of future generations.

It is hoped that from this programme, performers will be selected to enter the Jasmin Vardimon Company, go forward to lead educational work under the Jasmin Vardimon Educational Company or continue as successful performers in their chosen path*.

*85% of all JV2 graduates are currently employed in the sector: Pathways to Employment 2019

Programme Overview
Jasmin Vardimon Company’s JV2: Professional Development Diploma is a highly practical programme for those who are hoping to pursue a career as a professional performer. The aim of the programme is to develop students into versatile performers with skills in a range of performance disciplines.

Each day will consist of a technique or body conditioning class, followed by exploration of a specific module. Students will be given the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas as well as studying company repertoire. Students will be assessed and reviewed throughout the programme and given feedback from Jasmin and senior company members at regular intervals.

JV2 will be based in Ashford, Kent at the Jasmin Vardimon Production Space and associated studios.

JV2 covers intensive training, including a national tour if possible towards the end of the programme.  The programme runs from October – May.

2020 Dates: Monday 5 October 2020 – Friday 7 May 2021

(These dates are still subject to change as touring opportunities and projects arise).

Applicants must be over 18 years of age by 1st October on their year of entry to the programme. There is no upper age limit.  The programme is suitable for school leavers, postgraduate students and experienced performers looking to continue their professional development. Applicants must be eligible to study in the UK. Applicants must be able to commit to all weeks of the course in order to complete the Diploma.

The cost of JV2: Professional Development Diploma for 2020 – 2021:
UK and EU applicants: £7,000  International applicants: £17,500

Fees are to be paid in instalments at set intervals through the duration of the programme.  Details of accommodation and a digs list will be made available to those who are successful in securing a place on the programme.

Financial Support for Students:
Bursaries are available to provide financial assistance to talented students in most financial need who would otherwise not be able to pursue their artistic talent and training needed for their careers. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of talent and financial need, applications are open to all nationalities. Please see below for current bursary details:

  • With thanks to the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Wingate Fellowship Bursary provides £5,000 towards the JV2 programme fees.
  • With thanks to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford, the Ashford Designer Outlet Bursary provides £2,500 towards the JV2 programme fees.

International Bursary

The JV2 International Bursary is available for International students. The International Bursary is awarded on the basis of talent in order to show our dedication and commitment to providing unique and high-quality training opportunities to talented individuals from overseas.

Only individuals from outside of the UK and EU are eligible for this bursary in order to assist students with the much higher industry-standard International Fees for Postgraduate Training. The Bursary will be equivalent to the difference between the UK and International Training Fee.

We are constantly seeking further support to enable more JV2 students to receive financial assistance. We will advertise more details on this page when these become available.

Application Process for JV2
JV2: Professional Development Diploma holds open auditions for entry to the programme.  See the top of this page for Audition Dates for 2020-21 entry.

Please only apply if you can commit financially and to the full duration of the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Supported by Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.