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Dansatelier Maastricht zorgt voor kwaliteitsvol dansonderwijs aan alle leeftijden en niveau’s in de disciplines Hip Hop, Jazzdans, Moderne Dans, Klassiek Ballet, Flamenco,Peuter- en kleuterdans, dans voor mensen met een beperking en tapdans

The purpose is growing as a dancer in a secure environment experiencing a lot of joy. Creativity and connection are very important to us.

Dansatelier Maastricht provides quality dance education to all ages and levels in the disciplines Hip Hop, Jazz Dance, Modern Dance, Classical Ballet, Flamenco,Toddler and preschool dance, dance for people with disabilities and tap dance

Growing as a dancer and human being in a safe environment and with fun is the goal. Creativity and connection are our top priorities.
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Lotte Timmermans

Dance teacher

Lotte Timmermans

Dansdocent Jazzdans | Hip Hop

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Lotte graduated her studies at Fontys Academy for Dance Education in Tilburg in 2014. After 9 months of working in Disneyland Paris as a Parade Dancer Lotte started her freelance carreer as a danceteacher and dancer in The Netherlands. She teaches different classes in primary and secondary schools and dance schools in Brabant and Limburg. Lotte developes her own (educational) danceprojects now and then and creates performances for different kind of audiences. As a performer you can find Lotte in some dinnershows, dancevideo’s, productions or videoclips.

“In my classes it’s mainly about relaxing and having fun! For me it’s very important that you can totally be yourself so you can develop your self confidence. As a performer/dancer you need to dare to present yourself, so that’s a focus in my classes. I love to see how groups can grow because of that focus and how they develop themselves in a physical and mental way.” – Lotte

Lotte graduated in 2014 from the Fontys Academy for Dance Education in Tilburg. After working for 9 months in Disneyland Paris as a Parade Performer, Lotte started freelancing in the Netherlands as a Dance Teacher and Dancer from 2015. She teaches various dance classes in the education and dance field, and also regularly develops new dance projects and performances for different audiences. As a performer, Lotte can be found in various performances, dance videos, video clips, productions and dinner shows.

“In my classes, relaxation and fun are paramount. I think it is hugely important that you can be yourself and through this also develop your self-confidence. As a performer/dancer you have to be able and dare to present yourself, and that is what I like to pay attention to in my lessons. It is wonderful to see how dance groups grow physically and mentally as a result!” – Lotte

Sofie Konings

Dance teacher

Sofie Konings

Dansdocent Peuters,Kleuters, Ballet, Modern

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Sofie is professioneel danseres, opgeleid op Codarts in Rotterdam. Sinds 2017 danst ze in het professionele danstheater gezelschap van Isabelle Beernaert. Daarnaast is ze dans- en yogadocente en organiseert ze eigen Sound & Movement Sessions. Haar motivatie is om mensen in hun hart te raken en inspireren, om ieders innerlijke wereld in beweging te brengen door middel van het lichaam en bovenal mensen de schoonheid, vreugde en verbinding te laten ervaren van de taal zonder woorden. Momenteel geeft Sofie peuter- en kleuter dansavontuurlessen, kleuterballet en moderne dans lessen ½ gevorderd.

“Wanneer ik anderen kan laten glunderen wanneer ze dansen, van jong tot oud, dat vind ik het allermooist aan dansdocente zijn. In mijn lessen streef ik ernaar om mijn leerlingen te laten ontdekken, verbinden en groeien in technisch niveau, creativiteit, expressie en muzikaliteit. Ik geloof sterk in de kracht van dans en ik vind het dan ook fantastisch om dit te kunnen delen.” – Sofie

Sofie is a professional dancer, trained at Codarts in Rotterdam. Since 2017, she has been dancing in Isabelle Beernaert’s professional dance theatre company. She is also a dance and yoga teacher and organises her own Sound & Movement Sessions. Her motivation is to touch and inspire people’s hearts, to move everyone’s inner world through the body and, above all, to let people experience the beauty, joy and connection of language without words. Currently, Sofie teaches preschool dance adventure classes, kindergarten ballet and modern dance classes ½ advanced.

‘When I can make others smile when they dance, from young to old, that’s what I love most about being a dance teacher. In my classes, I strive to let my students discover, connect and grow in technical level, creativity, expression and musicality. I strongly believe in the power of dance and I love being able to share this.’ – Sofie

Sharon Habets

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Kleuterdans | Klassiek Ballet | Moderne Dans

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Sharon is van de vooropleiding dans in Maastricht doorgestroomd naar de Academie voor Danseducatie aan de Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Naast lesgeven, werkte ze als danseres en werkt ze in verschillende projecten die aan dans verbonden zijn.
In haar les kun je heerlijk jezelf zijn en ga je op zoek naar jouw unieke dansgevoel. Het belangrijkste vindt ze de combinatie van een goede techniek en dat unieke dansgevoel waardoor dansplezier gegarandeerd is!

Sharon moved on from the preparatory dance school in Maastricht to the Academy for Dance Education at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Besides teaching, she worked as a dancer and works in various projects related to dance.
In her class you can delightfully be yourself and explore your unique sense of dance. What she finds most important is the combination of a good technique and that unique dance feeling which guarantees dancing pleasure!

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Annefloor Imhoff

Dance teacher

Dansdocente Hip Hop | Jazzdans | Tapdans

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Annefloor studeerde in 2023 af aan de Academie voor Danseducatie op Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. Hiervoor studeerde ze aan Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. Op dit moment is Annefloor werkzaam als allround dansdocent en werkt als dansdocent in het onderwijs. Als choreograaf en danseres werkt ze binnen verschillende projecten in het theater en maakt ze haar eigen voorstelling. Naast haar werk als docent en choreograaf is ze regelmatig te zien op het toneel. Ze was dit jaar te zien in de musical Red Star Line van Studio 100 en in de musical Caro in het Efteling Theater. 

“Ik vind het fantastisch om mijn passie voor dans over te brengen op anderen. Een goede sfeer en veiligheid in de lessen staan bij mij op nummer één, maar hard werken en vertrekken vanuit de juiste techniek vind ik ook zeker belangrijk. In mijn lessen is er ruimte voor speelsheid en eigen creatieve invulling vanuit de dansers. In elke danser probeer ik als docent het beste naar boven te halen, door ze niet alleen als groep, maar ook individueel aandacht te geven.” – Annefloor

Annefloor graduated from the Academy for Dance Education at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg in 2023. Prior to this she studied at Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. Currently, Annefloor works as an all-round dance teacher and works as a dance teacher in education. As a choreographer and dancer she works within different projects in theater and creates her own performance. In addition to her work as a teacher and choreographer, she can regularly be seen on stage. She was seen this year in Studio 100’s musical Red Star Line and in the musical Caro at the Efteling Theater.

“I love transferring my passion for dance to others. A good atmosphere and safety in the lessons are number one for me, but working hard and starting from the right technique are also very important. In my classes there is room for playfulness and own creative interpretation from the dancers. As a teacher, I try to bring out the best in each dancer by giving them attention not only as a group, but also individually.” – Annefloor

 

Yvette van der Slik

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Moderne dans

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Yvette has been teaching contemporary dance, improvisation and performance skills for over 15 years. She was trained as a contemporary dancer at AHK in Amsterdam and teached at Kumulus, now Dansatelier Maastricht, Toneelacademie Maastricht and Moderne Dans Maastricht. She worked for 15 years as a teacher and coach Eigen Werk at ODM / IDA Dance Training Maastricht. Created various choreographies at Opleiding dans Maastricht, Performance group Kumulus, ADEcompany and Moderne dans Maastricht. In addition to being a dance teacher and choreographer, Yvette is a certified mindfulness trainer and has practiced aikido for over 18 years. She integrates these experiences into her dance.

“In my classes I emphesise on flow, creativity and connection. For me, dance is a way to grow and to bring people closer together. ” – Yvette

Yvette has been teaching contemporary dance, improvisation and performance skills for over 15 years. She trained as a contemporary dancer at AHK in Amsterdam and taught at Kumulus, now Dansatelier Maastricht, Toneelacademie Maastricht and Moderne Dans Maastricht. She was connected for 15 years as teacher, coach Own Work at ODM/IDA Opleiding Dans Maastricht. Created various choreographies at Opleiding dans Maastricht, Performancegroep Kumulus, ADEcompany and Moderne dans Maastricht. Besides being a dance teacher and choreographer, Yvette is a certified mindfulness trainer and has practiced aikido for over 18 years. She integrates these experiences into her dance.

‘In my classes I strive for flow, creativity and connection. For me, dance is a way to grow and to bring people closer together.’ – Yvette

Heidi Vos

Dance teacher

Dance teacher Classical ballet

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Heidi volgde haar opleiding aan het Stedelijk Instituut voor ballet in Antwerpen en aan de Fontys Dansacademie in Tilburg. Sinds 2013 was Heidi bij Kumulus de Coördinator Dans, Theater en Musical Buiten lesgeven is ze choreograaf voor verschillende dans- en musicalproducties en produceert ze evenementen. Nu is ze docent bij Dansatelier Maastricht  waar ze nog steeds met evenveel plezier en betrokkenheid lesgeeft.

” I want my pupils to develop creatively in a nice atmosphere that stimulates them to achieve technical goals. A good technical level combined with the fun of dancing is the goal ! Performances and presentations are a part of the dance-education. Stimulating the pupils to go beyond there boundaries and getting beautiful results is the most important reward for me as a teacher. ” – Heidi

Heidi trained at the Stedelijk Instituut voor ballet in Antwerp and at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg. Since 2013 Heidi was the Coordinator of Dance, Theater and Musical at Kumulus Besides teaching, she is choreographer for several dance and musical productions and produces events. Now she is a teacher at Dansatelier Maastricht where she still teaches with as much pleasure and commitment.

“I want my students to be able to develop creatively in a fun atmosphere that encourages them to master the technical aspects of dance. A good technical level combined with dance fun is the ultimate goal. Performances and presentations are part of this. Challenging students in a positive way to rise above themselves, push their limits and then reaping the rewards of that is the greatest reward for me as a teacher and choreographer.” – Heidi.

Luis Pedraza

Dance teacher

Dance teacher Classical ballet

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Luis Ricardo Pedraza Cedrón (ES) wa born in Allicante. He studied at Hij studeerde the Royal Academy of Dance and at the Conservatorio Professional Municipal de Danza de Ribarroja del Turia.

After his education Luis danced amongst others at the Baltic Dance Theatre in Polen, IT Dansa, VODance Proyet and Cienfuegos Danza.

In 2010 Luis did win the first price at the 14th international dance competition of Ribarroja del Turia. Since 2015 he dances at SALLY Dansgezelschap Maastricht. Luis danced choreographies of Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jirí Kylián, Alexander Ekman and Itzik Galili. He also made several choreographies for different schools and festivals.

Luis Ricardo Pedraza Cedrón (ES) was born in Allicante. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dance and at the Conservatorio Professional Municipal de Danza de Ribarroja del Turia.

After his training, Luis danced with the Baltic Dance Theatre in Poland, IT Dansa, VODance Proyet and Cienfuegos Danza, among others.

In 2010 Luis won first prize in the fourteenth Ribarroja del Turia international dance competition. Since 2015, he has been dancing with SALLY Dance Company Maastricht. Luis has danced choreographies by Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jirí Kylián, Alexander Ekman and Itzik Galili, among others. Luis has also created several of his own choreographies for various schools and festivals.

Imme Van wensen

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Klassiek Ballet, Moderne dans

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Hallo daar!
 
Mijn naam is Imme van Wensen en vanaf september 2024 maak ik deel uit van het docententeam van Dansatelier Maastricht. Ik ben afgestudeerd aan de academie voor danseducatie en heb mezelf mogen ontwikkelen als all-round danser en docent. In mijn lessen gaan we opzoek naar de balans tussen de precisie van de techniek, muzikaliteit en het speelse dansgevoel. Met mijn rugzak vol kennis, kijk ik er ontzettend naar uit om dit met jullie te delen, van elkaar te leren en natuurlijk te inspireren.
Let’s Dance!
 
Hallo daar!
 
Mijn naam is Imme van Wensen en vanaf september 2024 maak ik deel uit van het docententeam van Dansatelier Maastricht. Ik ben afgestudeerd aan de academie voor danseducatie en heb mezelf mogen ontwikkelen als all-round danser en docent. In mijn lessen gaan we opzoek naar de balans tussen de precisie van de techniek, muzikaliteit en het speelse dansgevoel. Met mijn rugzak vol kennis, kijk ik er ontzettend naar uit om dit met jullie te delen, van elkaar te leren en natuurlijk te inspireren.
Let’s Dance!
 
Elisa Billy

Dance teacher

Dansdocent kleuterdans, Hip Hop, jazzdans, Klassiek ballet, dans voor mensen met een beperking

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In 2019 Elisa graduated at ArtEZ Bachelor Teacher Dance in Arnhem. Her graduation research was about people with multiple severe restrictions. It is clear to Elisa that everybody can dance ! She teaches different target audiences en loves taking on new projects. Elisa teaches special education, regular education, different dance schools and at SALLY-dansgezelschap Maastricht. During dance class she wants children to experience the fun of dance in a save environment.

“It gives me a lot of joy to watch children dancing, the way they can explore and express themselves during class ” – Elisa

In 2019, Elisa graduated from ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance in Arnhem. With her graduation research, she studied dance for people with severe multiple disabilities. It is important to Elisa that it is clear that everyone can dance! She teaches different target groups and enjoys tackling new projects. Elisa teaches dance in special education, regular education, various dance schools and at SALLY dance company Maastricht. During dance class, she wants the children to experience the joy of dance and develop in a safe environment.

“It gives me a good feeling to see how children can express themselves in dance and be creative in the lessons” – Elisa

Marika Meoli

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Ballet 35+ - Move and connect dance class

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Marika Meoli is een professionele danseres, geboren in 1992 in het zuiden van Italië, momenteel gevestigd in Nederland.
Na haar dansopleiding aan de “Accademia Nazionale Di Danza” in Rome verhuisde ze naar Rotterdam, waar ze in 2015 afstudeerde aan Codarts als professioneel danseres. In Maastricht begon ze te werken als performer voor verschillende projecten en choreografen in Europa en Azië. In haar carrière heeft ze stukken uitgevoerd van prominente choreografen als Nacho Duato, Sjoerd Vreugdenhi, Regina Van Berkel, Marina Mascarell, Liat Waysbort , Samir Calixto, Jan Martins. In 2018 begon ze haar werk in choreografie te verdiepen door te werken als assistent-choreograaf voor Joost Vrouenraets.
Marika geeft op dit moment bij Dansatelier Maastricht les aan Ballet 35+ en Move and Connect Dance class.  Voor Marika zijn haar leerlingen de belangrijkste inspiratiebron voor het ontwikkelen van een ruimte waarin verbeelding, speelsheid en veiligheid zich kunnen manifesteren. Ze heeft ook ervaring met dansles geven aan ouderen die lijden aan de ziekte van Parkinson. Ook heeft ze de masteropleiding dans- bewegingstherapie bij Codarts afgerond.  In Marika’s visie moet dans voor iedereen zijn en moet iedereen in zijn kracht worden gezet door middel van dans.

Marika Meoli is a professional dancer, born in 1992 in the south of Italy, currently based in the Netherlands.
After her dance training at the “Accademia Nazionale Di Danza” in Rome, she moved to Rotterdam, where she graduated from Codarts in 2015 as a professional dancer. In Maastricht, she began working as a performer for different projects and choreographers in Europe and Asia. In her career she has performed pieces by prominent choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Sjoerd Vreugdenhi, Regina Van Berkel, Marina Mascarell, Liat Waysbort , Samir Calixto, Jan Martins. In 2018, she began to deepen her work in choreography by working as an assistant choreographer for Joost Vrouenraets.
Marika currently teaches Ballet 35+ and Move and Connect Dance class at Dansatelier Maastricht. For Marika, her students are the main inspiration for developing a space where imagination, playfulness and safety can manifest. She also has experience teaching dance to seniors suffering from Parkinson’s disease. She also completed the master’s program in dance movement therapy at Codarts. In Marika’s vision, dance should be for everyone and everyone should be empowered through dance.

Marta Flendrig

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Flamenco

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As a toddler, Marta started taking dance lessons, where flamenco soon changed from game to passion. As a young girl, she performed with guitarist Mario Cortés, whose sister Carmen Cortés later taught her. From the age of fifteen she regularly went to Andalusia, where she took lessons and attended many flamenco parties and festivals. Marta moved to Madrid, studied at the Amor de Dios Academia with greats such as El Guïto, Cristobal Reyes and Manolete, and later on with Manolo Marín and La Lupi. In the Netherlands she obtained her official teaching qualification. Marta has a lot of stage experience at home and abroad. She danced with renowned groups such as Muchachos, Chupendi, Mudanza and Zyryab. She was regularly accompanied by the best guitarists in Spain, such as Jeronimo Maya and Paco Fernández. As a flamenco percussionist, she went on tour with the shows La vida de Pablo and Mujeres de Hoy, among many theaters in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

“Flamenco is magical, and has got it all… emotion, expression, culture, rhythm, a challenging technique… I love to share all of that and to see the pupils grow and enjoy” – Marta

As a toddler, Marta began taking dance lessons, where flamenco soon turned from play to passion. As a young girl, she performed with guitarist Mario Cortés, whose sister Carmen Cortés later taught her. From the age of fifteen she left regularly for Andalusia, where she took lessons and went to many flamenco parties and festivals. Marta moved to Madrid, studied at the Academia Amor de Dios with such luminaries as El Guïto, Cristobal Reyes and Manolete, and later with Manolo Marín and La Lupi. In the Netherlands, she obtained her teaching certification. Marta has considerable stage experience at home and abroad. She danced with renowned groups such as Muchachos, Chupendi, Mudanza and Zyryab. She was regularly accompanied by the best guitarists in Spain, such as Jeronimo Maya and Paco Fernández. As a flamenco percussionist, she went on tour with the shows La vida de Pablo and Mujeres de Hoy, among others, along many theaters in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

“Flamenco is magical and has everything…. emotion, expression, culture, rhythm, a challenging technique…. I love sharing all that and seeing students grow and enjoy it” – Marta

Anouk Habets

Dance teacher

Dansdocent Peuterdans

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After finishing her education Dutch Teacher Anouk realised she wanted to do more with her passion for dance. She auditioned at Fontys Academie voor danseducatie. After one year she switched to Amsterdam , where she got her degree as Teacher Dance expression. At this moment Anouk is leading several dance projects at school all levels for Kaleidoscoop, she works as Teacher Movement Technique at the Conservatorium Maastricht and teaches weekly dance classes for people with Parkinsons. Besides her work at Kumulus she teaches dance in several locations. Her pupils are between 2 and 80 years old. She also choreographed for local performances. Her hobby is ball room dance and salsa.

” In my dance classes it is important to me that the children get the opportunity to experience, explore and enjoy ! Creativity , fantasy and fun are crucial !” – Anouk

After completing the Dutch teacher training program, Anouk realized that she wanted to do more with her passion for dance than just dance herself. So she auditioned and was accepted at the Fontys Academy for Dance Education. After the first year, she made the move to Amsterdam, where she graduated as a dance expression teacher. Anouk currently takes care of several dance projects in primary and secondary education for Kaleidoscope, she works as a Movement Technique teacher at the Maastricht Academy of Music and she gives weekly dance lessons to people with Parkinson’s disease. In addition to the classes at Kumulus, Anouk gives after-school classes at various locations. Her target group varies between the ages of 2 and 80. She also provides choreography for local (amateur) performances. In her free time, she does ballroom dancing and salsa dancing.

“In my dance classes, I find it important that toddlers and preschoolers have the opportunity to experience, discover, enjoy! Creativity, imagination and fun are central to this” – Anouk