dance teacher and massage therapist – the netherlands
release date: 10 july 2020
I started dancing when I was 4 years old, and decided that I wanted to make my profession out of it by the age of 10. I joined the preschool academy of dance at the age of 12, and studied at the Amsterdams Academy of Performing Arts. I left school in my first year of the college, because I got offered a job in a musical. And from there on enrolled in to three more musicals, before starting my own group with other dancer friends.
Meanwhile I started to teach next to my work as a performer in 2003, at the same academy where I followed my own education. It turned out I had a natural talent in teaching, and it’s a big joy-bringer for me. In 2017 I officially got my teachers ‘bevoegdheid.
Because I dropped out of school by the end of my first year, I never got to finish my anatomy class, one of my favourite classes at school. I had a very passionate teacher, who with his imagery and vivid stories, made the complexibility of anatomy, logical and understandable for us dancers.
In 2010 I started a study in sports massage, to learn anatomy and physiology, and become a better teacher in dance. It turned out I was a good sport massage therapist by the end of it and started my own (new) business as a masseur next to the teaching. The balance of these two works really well for me.
I’m my own brand. My business is me and what I bring to my clients; I work with the human body: physicality, movement, muscles, flexibility.
In my sports massage therapy, by physically holding on to the anatomy and manipulating it into it’s efficiency. I work with bodies via dance in teaching and performing. I work with bodies via theatre, being what the body language brings, and shares, within interaction and performance.
I want to expand my business into individual, bespoke, all round health therapisy, specialising in the connection between the body and mind and health.
Bodies don’t lie.
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