Team

Dansateliers exists of a small team. Per project we work with different freelancers, technicians, dramaturges and production leaders. Meet our (core) team members here.

Kristin de Groot

Kristin de Groot has been the proud director of Dansateliers since 2011. Before entering her leading role in the organization she worked as a freelance dancer and was a tutor, educational developer, coordinator and eventually Head of the Dance Department at the ArtEZ Dance Academy in Arnhem. Within Dansateliers she shapes future policy and operates as a true connector, continuously scouting for (artistic) collaborations and opportunities for the organization as well as the choreographers we work with.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

That it is a creative place. The artists we work with are putting their hearts and souls into the adventure of searching for their own language. They are giving form to their artistic concepts, develop their craftsmanship and prepare for their own professional practice. I find it a pleasure to work with these young and very inventive thinkers and creators. They are all intelligent, enthusiastic and committed artists. I very much enjoy working with them.

What makes Dansateliers special?

Everything: the mix of artists, the crazy people in the office, the beautiful work that arises, the many conversations that take place, the lovely audience that follows us, the fantastic partners we work with, the beautiful projects we develop and so on. I could continue for a while…

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of the current position of the organization. My first assignment as a director was to keep the organization afloat in a time of massive cutbacks. I am proud to say that we succeeded. That is not only my merit, but also because of the hard work of Johan and later Lody. We made the right choices and were able to give the organization a boost of visibility. We are currently well regarded and appreciated nationally and internationally.

Do you rather find yourself in front of, or behind the scenes?

Both. I love working in the studio with the makers, but I also enjoy a public moment around shows or other occasions. I think there is a parallel here with the way I was working as a dancer. I greatly enjoyed a creative process in the safe haven of a studio, but I also enjoyed the meeting with the audience once a piece was finished and was on tour.

Kristin de Groot

kristin@dansateliers.nl

Johan Cuperus

Johan Cuperus has been Dansateliers’ versatile business leader for many years. In addition to the overall business management, he coaches and supports the associated artists with production and finance. He has long-term experience and knowledge of the (Rotterdam) dance field and is well acquainted with the television and media world. For Dansateliers he is an indispensable factor; an energetic know-it-all who is there for us 24 hours a day.

What is it that you do at Dansateliers?

I am a business leader but because people often do not know what this entails, you could also say that I am responsible for the ‘manager-like’ activities. I try to create the right conditions for the artistic creations and concepts and manage the finances, production and planning of all sorts of things within Dansateliers.

How did you end up at Dansateliers?

I have been officially part of the Dansateliers team since 2010 but was involved with the organization since its foundation, approximately 25 years ago. In the nineties I started the Service Point Dance in order to provide professional lessons for the freelance dance circuit. I worked as business manager for Rogie & Company for years and similar companies and organizations. After an interim position I started my official position as a  business manager of Dansateliers in 2011.

What makes Dansateliers special?

Dansateliers is a very versatile place. The way we connect people with new experiences is very specific and special. Art makes life meaningful. This is why I put a lot of energy and hours into the organization. It is the reason you can find me here a lot.

Other things you need to know about Johan is that he likes to lend a helping hand, and is pragmatic and down to earth. If you cannot find him at Dansateliers, he is glued to his scooter; traveling Europe in search for adventure.

Johan Cuperus
johan@dansateliers.nl

Lody Meijer

Lody Meijer is Dansateliers’ PR and communication manager. Besides that, she is responsible for the weekly Movement Classes on Wednesday. She has a background in Visual Arts but lost her heart to the contemporary dance world. Next to Dansateliers she works for various dance festivals, companies and choreographers as a freelancer.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

We try to open up the, often closed, creation process, to the public. I find it stimulating and challenging to find different ways to make this possible. Dansateliers is the perfect place for me to create a dialogue between artists and audience. As an employee I am able to follow the creative process from up close. On a daily basis I visit the artists in their studio, to find out what they are working on. In addition, I like to engage with the visitors in order to find out what they think and how we can make them feel welcome.

What drives you?

Works of art, are very inspiring for me; even the ones that might seem “ugly” or “difficult”. Art makes me think, it challenges me, it teaches me to look at the world from different perspectives and it brings me into contact with other worlds. I want to share this inspiration and passion with others.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Since I started working at Dansateliers, I became more interested in dancing myself. With a focus on improvisation. I am not a technical dancer at all. In addition to the Movement Classes, I have been attending contact improvisation sessions for some time now. Furthermore, I am a frequent illustrator, often go to live music performances, exhibitions, festivals, films etc. If it’s fun, you can count me in.

Lody Meijer
pr@dansateliers.nl

Priscilla Verwaaijen

Priscilla Verwaaijen is the always cheerful Management Assistant of Dansateliers. In 2016 she first came into contact with the organisation as an intern. She left a great impression and got a permanent place within the team a year later. She is currently studying Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and previously obtained her Bachelor in Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

Dansateliers feels like a small family. The team is very nice, warm and everyone is very close, both in the office and the makers I work with. What I especially like about Dansateliers is the openness and equality. Nobody feels like they are better than the rest.

What is typical about Priscilla?

I frequently participate in cultural events in Rotterdam, from dance to music; most of them art-related. I am a creator myself, when it comes to making art. Friends and family play a big role in my life. I find it important to spend time with them too. Furthermore, I try to move, exercise and dance regularly. It is good for the body and mind.

What are you most proud of?

That I got accepted to be a student in Fine Art at the Willem de Kooning Academy. Instead of starting a master, as everyone expected, I decided to make my dream come true and I opted for this practical art study instead.

You can reach Priscilla via info@dansateliers.nl

Susanne Middelberg

As an external employee, Susanne Middelberg, is taking care of the Dansateliers class-program. In addition to her modern dance education at the ArtEZ dance academy in Arnhem, she studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. As a dancer and actress she worked for various choreographers and directors. As a freelance photographer she is known for her stunning portraits for which she won several awards.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

I really like the Dansateliers team! It is very important that makers are offered a place to research what they want to tell. Dansateliers offers a tremendous support in this.

What are you most proud of?

In 2015 I became Dutch champion in yoga and with my photography I won the Canon Master and the first prize for a portrait at the International Photography Awards. There are a lot of things that I am proud of in my life, but I am most proud of my two children.

What is typical Susanne?

I am grumpy when I cannot do yoga, I sniff books before I start reading them. I have a lot great sense of responsibility, am perseverant and I can completely loose myself over a piece of dark chocolate. Sometimes I distract Johan from his work because I talk too much. I makes me super happy when I succeed in making a good portrait of a beautiful person and sometimes I get stuck in my own head.

Want to find out more about Susanne’s photography? View her website: www.susannemiddelberg.nl

Susanne Middelberg
via info@dansateliers.nl

Fabiënne Vuijk

Fabiënne is Dansateliers’ very first assistant in pr- and communication (intern). She is studying at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a student of the International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM). She is the proud editor-in-chief of the IBCoMagazine.

How did you end up at Dansateliers?
Because of my studies, I was looking for an internship in Rotterdam. I thought it would be nice to step out of my comfort zone a bit and take on a challenge in an area that I did not know much about. I started my internship here in February with a complete lack of knowledge about the dance-field, and I will stay until the end of May. My expectations were that the internship would provide me with practical experience to go along with my theoretical knowledge. And… even in the short time that I worked here, I already have the feeling that I learned a lot more (about dance).

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In addition to my internship and studies, I am the editor-in-chief of a student-magazine. Despite my busy school-schedule, I make sure to find time for family and friends; especially because I am preparing to go on an exchange to Madrid for half a year. If I have some time left, you can find me online to do some shopping for clothes and make-up or scrolling through the endless stream of content on different kinds of social media.

Patricia Oldenhave

Patricia Oldenhave is currently studying at the MA Contemporary Theater, Dance & Dramaturgy of the Utrecht University. As an intern she assists Johan with business and production activities and explores the field of dramaturgy.

What makes Dansateliers special for you?

The activities of Dansateliers are well related to my current master in which I research on dance. Dansateliers offers choreographers support and opportunities to grow by focusing on their strengths and talents. The support that Dansateliers offers is very diverse. It focusses on creation, performance, business management, lessons and workshops as well as offering encounters with the audience. I think Dansateliers’ approach is quite unique. It is progressive and really focusses on artists’ development and the development of dance art.

What is typical about Patricia?

What typifies me is that I am a quick thinker, which is portrayed in the way I talk. Or maybe I am just thinking out loud. My friends know that, especially when I am enthusiastic, you can hardly follow me in a conversation. Some other things that might be typically me: I wear dresses a lot, or running-leggings. I do not like jeans.

What is your biggest achievement?

Something that will stay with me for the rest of my life is my exchange to Stockholm in 2016. I met some crazy new people, made nice friendships, got to know a new culture, adjusted to an average cold of -10 degrees, made trips to Russia, Finland and Lapland, saw the Northern Lights and met my boyfriend. This half year of living in Sweden made me feel strong and independent.

Patricia Oldenhave
productie@dansateliers.nl

Edwin van Steenbergen

Edwin van Steenbergen is a freelance light designer and technician. He worked with companies like 2MoveDanceCompany, Panama Pictures, Conny Janssen danst, Internationaal Danstheater, Isabelle Bernaert, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Living Dance Studio.

Part of his daily activiteit is the guidance and teaching of Codarts dance- and circus students and the support of Dansateliers and its choreographers.

Paul Sixta

Paul Sixta is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in Amsterdam. He gratuated in 2003 at the Audio-Visual department of the St. Joost in Breda. He presented his films and video-installaties on a global scale and won several prizes. On a regular basis he collaborates with other artists and choreographers. As part of the Dansateliers crews he is responsible for the video-registrations, trailers and teasers.

For more info visit www.paulsixta.com.

[your name here]

Do you have what it takes?

Dansateliers is continuously looking for interns. We are an internationally oriented organization, however we work with a lot of Dutch partners, so Dutch language is required.

Are you looking for an fun, informative internship? Don’t hessitate to apply. For more info click here.

Kristin de Groot

Kristin de Groot has been the proud director of Dansateliers since 2011. Before entering her leading role in the organization she worked as a freelance dancer and was a tutor, educational developer, coordinator and eventually Head of the Dance Department at the ArtEZ Dance Academy in Arnhem. Within Dansateliers she shapes future policy and operates as a true connector, continuously scouting for (artistic) collaborations and opportunities for the organization as well as the choreographers we work with.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

That it is a creative place. The artists we work with are putting their hearts and souls into the adventure of searching for their own language. They are giving form to their artistic concepts, develop their craftsmanship and prepare for their own professional practice. I find it a pleasure to work with these young and very inventive thinkers and creators. They are all intelligent, enthusiastic and committed artists. I very much enjoy working with them.

What makes Dansateliers special?

Everything: the mix of artists, the crazy people in the office, the beautiful work that arises, the many conversations that take place, the lovely audience that follows us, the fantastic partners we work with, the beautiful projects we develop and so on. I could continue for a while…

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of the current position of the organization. My first assignment as a director was to keep the organization afloat in a time of massive cutbacks. I am proud to say that we succeeded. That is not only my merit, but also because of the hard work of Johan and later Lody. We made the right choices and were able to give the organization a boost of visibility. We are currently well regarded and appreciated nationally and internationally.

Do you rather find yourself in front of, or behind the scenes?

Both. I love working in the studio with the makers, but I also enjoy a public moment around shows or other occasions. I think there is a parallel here with the way I was working as a dancer. I greatly enjoyed a creative process in the safe haven of a studio, but I also enjoyed the meeting with the audience once a piece was finished and was on tour.

Kristin de Groot

kristin@dansateliers.nl

Johan Cuperus

Johan Cuperus has been Dansateliers’ versatile business leader for many years. In addition to the overall business management, he coaches and supports the associated artists with production and finance. He has long-term experience and knowledge of the (Rotterdam) dance field and is well acquainted with the television and media world. For Dansateliers he is an indispensable factor; an energetic know-it-all who is there for us 24 hours a day.

What is it that you do at Dansateliers?

I am a business leader but because people often do not know what this entails, you could also say that I am responsible for the ‘manager-like’ activities. I try to create the right conditions for the artistic creations and concepts and manage the finances, production and planning of all sorts of things within Dansateliers.

How did you end up at Dansateliers?

I have been officially part of the Dansateliers team since 2010 but was involved with the organization since its foundation, approximately 25 years ago. In the nineties I started the Service Point Dance in order to provide professional lessons for the freelance dance circuit. I worked as business manager for Rogie & Company for years and similar companies and organizations. After an interim position I started my official position as a  business manager of Dansateliers in 2011.

What makes Dansateliers special?

Dansateliers is a very versatile place. The way we connect people with new experiences is very specific and special. Art makes life meaningful. This is why I put a lot of energy and hours into the organization. It is the reason you can find me here a lot.

Other things you need to know about Johan is that he likes to lend a helping hand, and is pragmatic and down to earth. If you cannot find him at Dansateliers, he is glued to his scooter; traveling Europe in search for adventure.

Johan Cuperus
johan@dansateliers.nl

Lody Meijer

Lody Meijer is Dansateliers’ PR and communication manager. Besides that, she is responsible for the weekly Movement Classes on Wednesday. She has a background in Visual Arts but lost her heart to the contemporary dance world. Next to Dansateliers she works for various dance festivals, companies and choreographers as a freelancer.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

We try to open up the, often closed, creation process, to the public. I find it stimulating and challenging to find different ways to make this possible. Dansateliers is the perfect place for me to create a dialogue between artists and audience. As an employee I am able to follow the creative process from up close. On a daily basis I visit the artists in their studio, to find out what they are working on. In addition, I like to engage with the visitors in order to find out what they think and how we can make them feel welcome.

What drives you?

Works of art, are very inspiring for me; even the ones that might seem “ugly” or “difficult”. Art makes me think, it challenges me, it teaches me to look at the world from different perspectives and it brings me into contact with other worlds. I want to share this inspiration and passion with others.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Since I started working at Dansateliers, I became more interested in dancing myself. With a focus on improvisation. I am not a technical dancer at all. In addition to the Movement Classes, I have been attending contact improvisation sessions for some time now. Furthermore, I am a frequent illustrator, often go to live music performances, exhibitions, festivals, films etc. If it’s fun, you can count me in.

Lody Meijer
pr@dansateliers.nl

Priscilla Verwaaijen

Priscilla Verwaaijen is the always cheerful Management Assistant of Dansateliers. In 2016 she first came into contact with the organisation as an intern. She left a great impression and got a permanent place within the team a year later. She is currently studying Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and previously obtained her Bachelor in Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

Dansateliers feels like a small family. The team is very nice, warm and everyone is very close, both in the office and the makers I work with. What I especially like about Dansateliers is the openness and equality. Nobody feels like they are better than the rest.

What is typical about Priscilla?

I frequently participate in cultural events in Rotterdam, from dance to music; most of them art-related. I am a creator myself, when it comes to making art. Friends and family play a big role in my life. I find it important to spend time with them too. Furthermore, I try to move, exercise and dance regularly. It is good for the body and mind.

What are you most proud of?

That I got accepted to be a student in Fine Art at the Willem de Kooning Academy. Instead of starting a master, as everyone expected, I decided to make my dream come true and I opted for this practical art study instead.

You can reach Priscilla via info@dansateliers.nl

Susanne Middelberg

As an external employee, Susanne Middelberg, is taking care of the Dansateliers class-program. In addition to her modern dance education at the ArtEZ dance academy in Arnhem, she studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. As a dancer and actress she worked for various choreographers and directors. As a freelance photographer she is known for her stunning portraits for which she won several awards.

What do you like about Dansateliers?

I really like the Dansateliers team! It is very important that makers are offered a place to research what they want to tell. Dansateliers offers a tremendous support in this.

What are you most proud of?

In 2015 I became Dutch champion in yoga and with my photography I won the Canon Master and the first prize for a portrait at the International Photography Awards. There are a lot of things that I am proud of in my life, but I am most proud of my two children.

What is typical Susanne?

I am grumpy when I cannot do yoga, I sniff books before I start reading them. I have a lot great sense of responsibility, am perseverant and I can completely loose myself over a piece of dark chocolate. Sometimes I distract Johan from his work because I talk too much. I makes me super happy when I succeed in making a good portrait of a beautiful person and sometimes I get stuck in my own head.

Want to find out more about Susanne’s photography? View her website: www.susannemiddelberg.nl

Susanne Middelberg
via info@dansateliers.nl

Fabiënne Vuijk

Fabiënne is Dansateliers’ very first assistant in pr- and communication (intern). She is studying at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a student of the International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM). She is the proud editor-in-chief of the IBCoMagazine.

How did you end up at Dansateliers?
Because of my studies, I was looking for an internship in Rotterdam. I thought it would be nice to step out of my comfort zone a bit and take on a challenge in an area that I did not know much about. I started my internship here in February with a complete lack of knowledge about the dance-field, and I will stay until the end of May. My expectations were that the internship would provide me with practical experience to go along with my theoretical knowledge. And… even in the short time that I worked here, I already have the feeling that I learned a lot more (about dance).

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In addition to my internship and studies, I am the editor-in-chief of a student-magazine. Despite my busy school-schedule, I make sure to find time for family and friends; especially because I am preparing to go on an exchange to Madrid for half a year. If I have some time left, you can find me online to do some shopping for clothes and make-up or scrolling through the endless stream of content on different kinds of social media.

Patricia Oldenhave

Patricia Oldenhave is currently studying at the MA Contemporary Theater, Dance & Dramaturgy of the Utrecht University. As an intern she assists Johan with business and production activities and explores the field of dramaturgy.

What makes Dansateliers special for you?

The activities of Dansateliers are well related to my current master in which I research on dance. Dansateliers offers choreographers support and opportunities to grow by focusing on their strengths and talents. The support that Dansateliers offers is very diverse. It focusses on creation, performance, business management, lessons and workshops as well as offering encounters with the audience. I think Dansateliers’ approach is quite unique. It is progressive and really focusses on artists’ development and the development of dance art.

What is typical about Patricia?

What typifies me is that I am a quick thinker, which is portrayed in the way I talk. Or maybe I am just thinking out loud. My friends know that, especially when I am enthusiastic, you can hardly follow me in a conversation. Some other things that might be typically me: I wear dresses a lot, or running-leggings. I do not like jeans.

What is your biggest achievement?

Something that will stay with me for the rest of my life is my exchange to Stockholm in 2016. I met some crazy new people, made nice friendships, got to know a new culture, adjusted to an average cold of -10 degrees, made trips to Russia, Finland and Lapland, saw the Northern Lights and met my boyfriend. This half year of living in Sweden made me feel strong and independent.

Patricia Oldenhave
productie@dansateliers.nl

Edwin van Steenbergen

Edwin van Steenbergen is a freelance light designer and technician. He worked with companies like 2MoveDanceCompany, Panama Pictures, Conny Janssen danst, Internationaal Danstheater, Isabelle Bernaert, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Living Dance Studio.

Part of his daily activiteit is the guidance and teaching of Codarts dance- and circus students and the support of Dansateliers and its choreographers.

Paul Sixta

Paul Sixta is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in Amsterdam. He gratuated in 2003 at the Audio-Visual department of the St. Joost in Breda. He presented his films and video-installaties on a global scale and won several prizes. On a regular basis he collaborates with other artists and choreographers. As part of the Dansateliers crews he is responsible for the video-registrations, trailers and teasers.

For more info visit www.paulsixta.com.

[your name here]

Do you have what it takes?

Dansateliers is continuously looking for interns. We are an internationally oriented organization, however we work with a lot of Dutch partners, so Dutch language is required.

Are you looking for an fun, informative internship? Don’t hessitate to apply. For more info click here.