Meet the staff
The staff of NDT Summer Intensive is compiled of (former) NDT dancers, as well as other artistic staffmembers of NDT.
Tamako Akiyama (Japan) studied at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco. In 1986 she won the Second Prize Johnson Scholarship at Prix de Lausanne and two years later the Junior Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Varna. Tamako danced with Stuttgart Ballet, Deutsche Opera Berlin and Compañia Nacional de Danza. Since 2014 she has worked as a freelance artist, performing and giving workshops throughout Europe and Asia. She has assisted to create, to rehearse and danced with Dimo Milev several works. Since 2017 Tamako is a repetitor at NDT 1. Tamako assisted Dimo Milev in his new creation for Group B.
© Rahi Rezvani
Chloé Albaret was born in St. Martin d’Hères (France) in 1989. She trained at Formation Professionelle Danse-interprète au Centre Artistique Mondap’art in Nimes for a year, but followed most of her training at Ballet Junior de Genevè (2008-2010). She started dancing with NDT 2 in 2010 and in 2013 she made the switch to NDT 1.
During this year's Intensive, Chloé has been teaching Repertoire Solo to group A and B, and assisted Marne van Opstal in his new creation for group A.
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Amos Ben-Tal (Israel/The Netherlands) is a choreographer, composer and artistic leader of the artist-collective OFFprojects. Amos completed his training at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Afterwards he performed with NDT for nine years. It is also at NDT where he developed his passion for choreography. In 2006 Amos decided to dedicate himself full-time to developing his own work. He then created several works under the wing of Korzo Productions in The Hague. In 2012 Amos founded OFFprojects, a collective consisting of former dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater, Emanuel Gat Dance and Batsheva Ensemble. Amos has created a new composition for Group C.
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Brett Conway (USA) is an independent dance artist based in San Francisco. Brett began his early dance training at the Fort Wayne Ballet and later graduated from the Virginia School of the Arts in 2002. He is a former company member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco (2002-2010) and NDT (2010-2015). After NDT, Brett has danced with the San Francisco Opera and SFDanceworks. He is on faculty with the LINES Ballet Educational Programs and Dance Center. Brett is also a guest teacher throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Brett has worked on Repertoire Solo with groups A and B.
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Lucas Crandall (USA) started his career in 1979 with the Milwaukee Ballet. After that, he danced with the Ballet du Grand-Théâtre de Genève and NDT. In 2000, Lucas joined Jim Vincent as Associate Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Lucas choreographed works presented by Hubbard Street in the US and abroad. In 2010, Lucas returned to NDT 1 as a repetitor. From January 2013 he worked as a freelance artist, guest teaching for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, guest Ballet Master for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Rehearsal Director for NW Dance Project. Lucas became Ballet Master with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in April 2013. Since 2017, Lucas works as the coordinator and repetitor for NDT 1. The last two weeks, Lucas taught the ballet classes for Groups A and B.
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Spencer Dickhaus (USA) studied with the Lines Ballet Ensemble (2007-2008) and at The Julliard School (2008-2012). In 2012 he joined NDT 2 and in August 2015 he became a member of NDT 1. Spencer has been teaching workshops for young talents with NDT since he joined the company.
Spencer worked on Improvisation classes with Group C, and he assisted Amos Ben-Tal in his new composition for Group C.
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Georgi Milev (Bulgaria) was admitted to the National School of Dance Arts in Sofia at the age of nine, where he graduated seven years later. He danced with the National Ballet of Sofia, with the Theater Altemburg-Gera (Germany), with the CNN Ballet de Lorraine and later with Les Ballet de Montecarlo under the direction of Jean Christophe Maillot until 2004 when he joined Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 2). After two years he joined the NDT 1 where he danced for 10 years.
During the Intensive, Georgi worked on Repertoire with Group C and Repertoire Duets with group A.
© Joris-Jan Bos
Dimo Milev (Bulgaria) began his training at the National Ballet School of Sofia and in 1993 he joined the National Opera of Sofia. He was accepted into the Jeunne Ballet de France, and after that he danced with Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine and the Compañia Nacional de Danza. Together with Tamako Akiyama he was invited by Manuel Legris for “The New Universe of Manuel Legris” in Vienna, Paris and Tokyo. In 2009 he became a freelance dancer, assistant and choreographer. His work Aimless (2013) won the 1st prize in the International Competition for Choreography Burgos-New York in 2013 and the 2nd prize and Production Award for the Royal Danish Ballet in the Copenhagen Choreographic Competition in 2014. During the Intensive, Dimo created a new work for Group B.
© Rahi Rezvani
Marne van Opstal
Marne van Opstal (The Netherlands) graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He danced with NDT 2 from 2009 to 2012 and has been with NDT 1 since. Marne won the 'Berlin Special Prize Tanzolymp' in 2004, 'The Evening of the Young Dancer 2009' (NTR TV), the 'Limburg Culture Prize' in 2011 and was nominated for a Dutch Swan for 'Most impressive dance achievement' in 2014 for his role in Uprising & In your Rooms by Hofesh Shechter.
Together with his sister Imre van Opstal (a former dancer of NDT 1) he created LiNK and John Doe for Up & Coming Choreographers in 2014 and 2015. They created The Grey with NDT 2 in 2017. This season, the choreographic duo created their first work for NDT 1, Take Root, which received a Swan Award nomination for 'Best dance production'.
Marne created a new work for Group A.
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Roger Van der Poel
Roger Van der Poel (Portugal) received his dance training at the Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon. Roger worked for the Ballet Gulbenkian, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and joined NDT 2 in 2006. He joined NDT 1 in 2009. He is a regular teacher for NDT Summer Intensive and other workshops for young talents with NDT and has made several guest appearances as a teacher in dance studios/dance schools in Las Vegas, Fresno, Scottsdale, New York and Slovakia. Roger received the '2007 Encouragement Award' and the award ‘Zwaan - Most Impressive Dance Performance 2008'.
Roger worked on Repertoire Solo with Groups A & B, Repertoire Duets with Group B and Ballet Class with Group C.
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Sarah Reynolds (Ireland) started her dance education with Ella Doran and Phil Cole. She spent a preliminary year at Dorothy Stevens School of Dance, West Yorkshire followed by professional dance training at Central School of Ballet in London. After graduating she danced with Opéra Théâtre de Metz and Donlon Dance Company in Saarbrücken. She joined NDT 2 in 2004 and became a dancer with NDT 1 in 2007. In 2015 she worked with Clara van Gool for the first time on the dance film 'Voices of Finance'. Their second collaboration, the feature-length film ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ is released in 2019. She is currently freelancing dance, acting and teaching.
Sarah worked with Groups A and B on Repertoire Solo, and on Repertoire Duets with Group A.
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Kim Sutherland (Australia) has been immersed in voice her entire life. The daughter of an opera singer she witnessed daily vocal training and singing lessons of her mother. Kim began singing professionally at the age of ten and had her own jazz band at fifteen. She was taught the Linklater voice for actor’s technique by Isobel Kirk at The Centre For Performing Arts. After attending the South Australian Conservatorium of music (Jazz Department) she moved to Amsterdam and became the first Speech Level Singing instructor in the Netherlands. Kim has trained with the world’s most prestigious coaches: Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Chaka Khan), Raab Stevenson (Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Kelly Rowlands, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake), and Kathleen Riggs (Quincy Jones, Brian Wilson, David Archuleta). Kim gave Vocal Workshops to all Groups this Summer Intensive.
Tom Weinberger (Israel) graduated from the Amal School of Arts and Sciences and afterwards joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2005. He continued to the Batsheva Dance Company from 2008 to 2011. Upon leaving the Batsheva Dance Company, Tom was a founding member of Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar’s Company L-E-V. He has been a Gaga teacher for the past 11 years, and has taught and created in many programs. Tom is an independent choreographer and began making his own work through “Batsheva Dancers Create” during his time with the Company. In 2014 he won the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Germany) with his solo work. Since then Tom was an emerging choreographer at Springboard Dans Montreal (CA) and choreographed works for Arts Umbrella (CA) Ate9 dance company (LA), Sunny Purchase College (New York), Johannes Weiland company (Germany) and more. Tom gave Gaga to Groups A and B.
Ema Yuasa (Japan) became a freelancer after dancing with NDT 2 and NDT 1 for 11 years. She guested with Royal Swedish Ballet and Sacha Waltz. She joined EASTMAN under the direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, participating in many creations, projects as a dancer. Also she is a member of Opto (Japanese dance project group) with Rei Watanabe and Kenta Kojiri. As a choreographer she started choreograph at NDT Switch. Ema collaborated with Kronos Quartet, artist/pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, fashion designer/Tamae Hirokawa, architect/Tsuyoshi Tane and Japanese Noh performer/Noboru Yasuda. In 2019, she won the Japan Dance Forum Award for her work as a dancer and choreographer.
Ema worked on Repertoire Duets with Group B.
© Isao Tsuge
Erwin Weerstra (The Netherlands) studied classical piano at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague where he got his Master’s degree in 2011. He is an active performer, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Besides his performance career, he also likes to work with dancers. Since 2009 he has been working for De Dutch Don’t Dance Division, playing ballet classes and collaborating in performances. In 2018 he joined NDT as pianist for NDT 2. He is also a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
This NDT Summer Intensive, he is the pianist for the morning classes for group A and B.
© Rahi Rezvani
© Matthijs Mali
Celia García-García (Spain) obtained her Master of Music diploma in classical piano performance at Codarts Conservatory (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Celia is specialized in orchestral playing (piano, celesta and synthesizer) and performs regularly with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dutch National Ballet Orchestra and others. She also works as a ballet accompanist at the Amsterdam University for the Arts, National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam and De Dutch Don’t Dance Division in The Hague, and freelance accompanist at Codarts Conservatory.
For the Summer Intensive Celia will be the pianist for the morning classes for group C.