Festival Urban Dansdagen

Festival Urban Dansdagen takes place for the fifth time this year in Eindhoven. During the festival, you will be introduced to urban dance in various forms: from battles to performances, showcases, workshops and parties. From breaking to Hip Hop, from Popping to House, and from Streetdance to Experimental, all urban dance styles will be featured.

From April 28th to May 14th, the various showcases of the Urban Dansdagen Festival can be visited at Parktheater Eindhoven, Dynamo, Natlab and Pand P. This year's theme is “Step Closer”. You are invited to come closer to the dancers as an audience, to see new artists and styles.


Make your choice from the Urban Dansdagen Festival program. Ticket sales start on February 14th (early-bird tickets).

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  • A New Dawn

    Dominique x REDO ft. Binkbeats
    Urban Dansdagen
    Fri 28 Apr ’23

    A New Dawn is a dazzling show in which breakdance, percussion, electronic music and live visuals come together in a unique way

  • Open Your Mind Weekend

    Sample Culture
    Urban Dansdagen
    Fri 28 Apr ’23

    The Open Your Mind Festival, taking place from April 28th to 30th, consists of battles, parties and a theater evening with short choreographies.

  • Double Bill: Through & Nomad

    Justin de Jager & Senna Amarnis
    Urban Dansdagen
    Tue 2 May ’23

    In this Double Bill, you see two short pieces by two artists who have earned their stripes in the urban scene: Through by Justin de Jager and Nomad by Senna Amarnis.

  • The Urban Theater Night

    Sample Culture i.s.m. Juvat Westendorp
    Urban Dansdagen
    Thu 4 May ’23

    Increasingly more artists from the urban dance scene are finding their way from the battles to the theater.

  • #Braincandies Large Live

    Urban Dansdagen
    Fri 5 May ’23

    #BRAINCANDIES LARGE LIVE is a social event where people from diverse backgrounds interact  in a playful way, sharing their opinions on important social issues.

  • XJAM

    Sandy Provacia
    Urban Dansdagen
    Fri 5 May ’23

    At XJAM, see the coolest dance showcases performed by top choreographers and dancers from all over the world. All dance styles are featured: from hip-hop to ballet and everything in between.

  • Planet Pop'N

    Jing "Juice" Wang
    Urban Dansdagen
    Sat 6 May ’23

    Planet Pop'N is a leading dance battle focused on the dance style Popping. During this event, national and international top artists come to compete for both the titlel and prizes.  

  • DBC - Crew Battles

    Urban Dansdagen
    Sat 6 May ’23

    During the DBC NK Breaking (Dutch B-boy Championships), crews from all over the country compete for the most prestigious breakdance title in the Netherlands. In existence since 2000, the championship is the most important national breaking competition in the Netherlands. This year is its 21st edition.

  • Urban Paradox #4: Solving Problems

    Sample Culture
    Urban Dansdagen
    Thu 11 May ’23

    In dit vierde Urban Paradox gesprek gaan makers, organisatoren en theaterprogrammeurs met elkaar in gesprek om elkaars werelden beter te leren kennen.

  • Off-beat - An evening of experiments

    Salman Dirir, Terence “Machete” van Lange & Carmen Verduyn, Polina Skarga
    Thu 11 May ’23
  • Motion Lab Weekend

    Alesya Dobysh
    Urban Dansdagen
    Sat 13 May ’23

    MOTION LAB is a two-day program for dancers who want to further develop their improvisation skills and deepen their artistic discovery.


The Open Your Mind Festival, taking place from April 28th to 30th, consists of battles, parties and a theater evening with short choreographies.

The festival is a unique event with participants and visitors from all over the world. Through energetic and interactive competitions, the best and most creative dancers will be recognized by the professional jury. The audience will also play an important role: you choose your favorite dancers and come up with challenges for the participants. This festival has been organized by Sample Culture since 2013.

The festival consists of a B-Day Party, Battle-day, a Stage-day and an after-party.

OYM B-Day Party: 10 Year Anniversary

Sample Culture

Fri 28 Apr ’23 21:30
Open Your Mind

Open Your Mind Battle

Sample Culture

Sat 29 Apr ’23 20:30

Open Your Mind Stage Day

Sample Culture

Sun 30 Apr ’23 20:00

De organisatie van Open Your Mind is in handen van Sample Culture.  Deze organisatie geeft een podium aan urban dansmakers en ondersteunt hun ontwikkeling. Ze organiseert sinds 2013 Open Your Mind en nam in 2020 de organistie van de Urban Dansdagen over. André Grekhov is artistiek leider. Hij is sinds 1997 actief als Urban Danser en heeft 10 jaar bij Dynamo Eindhoven gewerkt aan sociaal culturele projecten op het gebied van urban culture. Voor deze projecten heeft hij onder andere de Oranje Fonds en Fonds Cultuur Participatie awards gewonnen. Als danser is hij in 2012 gekroond tot wereld kampioen in het categorie Experimental Hip Hop. Als maker in de urban dans heeft hij in 2013 de Dans Prijs gewonnen van het Prins Bernard Cultuur Fonds.

Ambassadors Urban Dansdagen 2023


Paulo Nunes 
Is a pioneer in the original hip-hop style Breaking also known as Breakdance. This Rotterdam legend has been active in battles, workshops and theatre since the 1980s. He is the Netherlands' first breaking world champion and is one of the great game changers and pioneers of this style in Europe. With Urban Dance Days, we take a "step closer" to the early years and life as a young budding breaker in the 80s.

Simon Bus 
Is a creator and dancer with roots in breaking and experimental dance. In the battle scene, he managed to stand out with his extreme agility and originality, which earned him the Bboy name Statue. He is currently developing his own path as a theatre maker. In his young career as a creator, Simon has distinguished himself as original and visionary. In 2022, he won the Dutch Dance Days' Innovation Award.  With Urban Dance Days, we take a "step closer" into Simon's unorthodox vision and idiosyncratic view of art.

Dalton Jansen
Dancer and choreographer Dalton Jansen graduated from the Urban Contemporary (JMD) course in Amsterdam in 2018. Dalton is working tirelessly both to develop his own cross-disciplinary dance idiom and to set up his own company Blackbirds. Dalton is a young visionary who is not afraid to comment firmly on the arts sector and social issues, especially his experience with and views on youth care. Dalton's roots are in various hip-hop styles which he combines with modern dance. With Urban Dance Days, we take a "step closer" into Dalton's visionary approach to the concept of making and collectivity in art. 

Senna Amarnis 
Senna Amarnis is a Moroccan professional choreographer, dancer and artistic coach, born and raised in the Netherlands. She has participated in several television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance and Time to dance. Besides choreographing, Senna has worked on and performed in the Love Yourself world tour with the K-pop band BTS. She is an internationally sought-after judge and teacher. Her innovative style is a combination is storytelling combined with intricate shape-shifting movements.