The VDO wants to bring dance researchers and interested parties into contact with each other. Those members who want to be found via the website of the VDO, can send a short profile, which will be placed on this site. Fill out the contact form or send an e-mail to:

Members who want to get in contact with each other can ask the VDO, in the same way as described above, for an up-to-date member list.

Members of VDO

Aalten, Anna
Arentsen, Marc
Beer, Ingrid
obtained her Master degree Art Policy and Management with a specialisation in theatre dance at the University of Utrecht in 2007. During the study she worked for the international Erasmus Dance program DIHS, Danscentrum Utrecht and the DaCi Conference. Her thesis was about the identity of the Dutch theatre dance. She was an intern at Nederlands Dans Theater and the Collectieve Danspromotie. She worked for three years with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and is currently working at Theater Kikker and the Gaudeamus Muziekweek at the publicity department. Her e-mail address is:
Bergman, Vera
was trained to be a dance teacher at the dance academy of Fontys colleges in Tilburg and studied Andragology at the University of Nijmegen. For 15 years she was a dance teacher and head of the dance department of the Eindhoven Centre for the Arts. She was a dance reviewer for the Brabant press and member of the Advisory Committee for the Arts in the province of Brabant. For a long time she worked as a staff member at Cultuurnetwerk Nederland as project manager of very divergent projects.  From 2005 up to 2010 she was working at the Brabant Institute for School and Art (BiSK), among other things as a coordinator arts education. Since 2010 she works as independent consultant and trainer. Her e-mail adress is:
Blokdijk, Jaap
Bongers, Yuri
Boshoven, Therese
Brands, Minke Elisa
Breukelen, Wieneke van
Buren-Walvis, Els van
Burgt, Fenna van der
Coggiola, Maria Gabriela
Dillen, Bianca van
Dumon, Dirk
Ellinckhuijsen, Lin van
Ferdinand, Barbara
Fokkens- van der Maas, Sanne
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Groot, Phiny de
Haas, G. J. F.
Heeswijk, Linde van
Herder, Saskia
Hermans, Carolien
Keijsers, Petra
Kool, Laura
Koolen, Hanneke
studied Theater-, Film-, and Television at the University of Utrecht. She got her master’s degree in 2003, writing a thesis on the relationship between dance and cultural identity. Untill 2010 Hanneke worked as a lecturer for the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the same university, participating in a wide variety of course and coaching students writing their thesis.
Currently, Hanneke teaches theory, history and philosophy at the bachelor Dancer/Maker at ArtEZ Dance Aademy in Arnhem. As an editor for the Dutch Dans Magazine, Hanneke wrote articles on contemporary dance, dance history, folk dance, and dance in popular culture. In 2011, her article on the history of the tutu was published in the yearbook of the Dutch Costume Society.  A dancer herself, Hanneke takes classes in rhythm tap, flamenco en lindy hop and ocassionally teaches flamenco workshops. Email:
Körtvélyessy, T.
Krans, Anja
Kuijper, Jacqueline de
obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Utrecht in 2010, where she had studied Performing Arts, Art History, Philosophy and Psychology. She studied dance at CODARTS (schakelklas), Netherlands Dance Theater (summer school), TrinityLaban (summer school), and Danscentrum Utrecht (Limon). At the moment, she is studying at Mills College in Oakland, California towards her Master’s degree in Dance. She has a special interest in Somatics and plans to obtain a PhD in Dance Science in the future. Email:
Linden, Mirjam van der
Loon, Theo van
Naafs, Jochem
Neuhaus, Bettina

Nieuwboer, Bianca
Os, Wilja van
Peijpe, Bas van
Pijl, Lucia van de
Poeth, Marion
Rijk, Annemijn
Rijn, J.J. van
Rijven, Margot
Sanders, Lisanne
Schouwenaar, Rozemarijn
Schuitemaker, Arno
Swart-Eikema, Mascha de
Tolk, Linda
started dancing at the age of 4 and studied at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg. In 2012 she obtained her Bachelor Theatre studies at the Universiteit Utrecht, in which she focused on dance, dance dramaturgy and art policy and –management. Besides this she was an intern at the festivals Springdance and the Nederlandse Dansdagen, both in marketing and production. Linda also does publicity for STRAAT (platform for young urban dance talent from Utrecht) and focuses on production work in the dance field.
Truijens – Thodé, Annette
Vink, Paula
Voets, Josephine
Vos, Nico de
Vreeswijk, Bram
Wachelder, Henriette
Wichman, Sanne graduated from the Modern Theatre Dance department (AHK), Dance in education department (Fontys) and received a master of Education in Arts (AHK). In 2013 she was nominated for the AHK graduation prize with project Blacklight. Youngsters and homeless people worked together on the basis of a current social issue, resulting in a performance as part of the Holland Festival. Sanne currently works as a teacher in a secondary school, as a production manager at Dansmakers Amsterdam and she works for several projects from her business Wichman Art Projects. She is for instance involved as initiator and project manager at EMIC projects, a foundation for similar projects as Blacklight.
Wijers, Lotte
Wildschut, Liesbeth
contact: Munstraat 2a, 3512 EV Utrecht, 030-2536527. Email:
Willems, Caroline
Wilmans, Ruth
Wolf, Franziska
Wortelboer, Dortohée
E-mail: Website:
Wouters, Evelien
Zee, Aliene van der
Zon, Diana van
I am a former dancer, choreographer, teacher in different types of Bodywork. Specialised in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Spiraldynamics, Fascial Training, Dancemedicin, Pilates etc. E-Mail