Showing posts with label nederland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nederland. Show all posts

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Gedicht: De Vijver.

De Vijver.

Er was eens, in een tijd geleden, stilte
Als een vijversoppervlak, reflecterend en ongebroken,
Voordat ik wist wat liefde was,
Hoewel ik de emotie had gehad.

Het bonzende in je borst, in afwachting,
Van hete dorstige lippen die je huid strelen,
Harten ontmoeten, maar bang om te vertrekken,
Ik herken de liefde niet in dit alles.

Zelfs toen ik hem aankeek,
Zag ik alleen mijn eigen reflectie,
In de vijvers een gespiegelde blik.

Ik kuste het oppervlak,
Vragen ontvouwde zich met elke rimpeling,
Uitbreidend naar keuzes,
Leidend naar verschillende paden.

Durf lief te hebben of niet,
Achtervolg de droom of zit stil
Blijf of vertrek, doe iets of sterf zonder ooit geleefd te hebben.

Vele replica's van mij in parallelle werelden,
Ontdekken het antwoord anders
Ik kijk terug op de keuzes die ik heb gemaakt,
Nemen mij terug naar dit moment en deze weg.

Eén keuze is altijd in mijn hoofd gebleven,
Om mijn hart eraan te herinneren dat ik het gedurfd heb,
Het besluit is voorbij,
Vervangen door een nieuwe keuze

ik kies liefde

Schrijver: Isolde Kanikani

Monday, 20 February 2017

Inburgering and the black hole fo information... does anyone manage this?

For those of you who don't know what inburgering is. Its the state of becoming a dutch citizen. Its very clear you have to take exams and that you have to pay a lot of money to become considered for the dutch nationality. Rightly so, it a big thing. But with this in mind, why is there not more clarity over what you need to do. What this means and exactly what do you give up in the process of becoming 'dutch'. The idea for some who know me is probably funny in itself, after refusing the idea i could ever get used to the dutch culture and be a good dutch girl.

I spent days going from one organisation to another in in the Netherlands trying to get information about exactly what i need to do to become a dutch citizen, with which organization and what i give up for this process. Giving up your mother land nationality is big, gaining a second dutch nationality makes real sense in this crazy Brexit time. Still the question is unanswered. some seem to think yes while other not. websites write both. So what to believe?

Working out exactly what your qualifications add up to pre diplomawaardering or process of working out equivelent qualification level is really difficult. The dutch school system is something complex when compared to the school system in the UK. I have learned a lot about schools here and qualifications but not  what mine are worth. Its interesting, the is a real black hole for a business to help people get through this crazy mess of organizations and become sytems or simply find out what their education level is.

So after 3 days of phone calls, emails and searching the web, i am still no wiser to if i can have dual nationality when i have dutch citizenship, what my education level is. But i have gained amazing insight into dutch school system and the government system, which can only be called complicated. A lot of red tape as far as i am concerned, but maybe i am simply impatient to follow the clarity of my new found dream and direction.

Finding back old videos...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

10 Quick Surprising Tips About dancing


As a professional dancer i have picked up quite a few little tricks over the years. Usually because i made a whole handful of mistakes and endeavor not to repeat them. Here are 10 quick tips to help dancers whether beginning students, experienced dancers or professionals (probably you have your own).

Build body memory. For each simplified basic movement of the dance or movement activity you wish to improve in. In the end a good teacher can simplify anything you need to understand, but you can't fudge the repetition needed to make a movement become learned.

Increase body awareness. With body awareness its a much quicker process to learn any movement based activity. Without it you can spend years trying to make changes that either will take longer to happen or your body simply won't understand on an intrinsic level.

Find your learning style. Become aware of the ways you learn best e.g. visual, kinesthetic, audio etc. Use the ones you are strongest in while translating to others you are less good in. The translation process makes the learning more profound. For example, i learn visually and kinesthetically but when i first started to teach i had to structure things in a verbal way for my students. Especially with questions but also to relate to the many students who aren't able to learn from a simply visual perspective. I found by making this translation of dance into words i learned a great deal myself too and continue to enjoy this new found learning style.

Give yourself time to find the learning space. Many students arrive at the start time of the class.  Totally understandable with the busyness of most of our lives. But it often results in feeling rushed, not something that promotes learning. With a bit of careful planning you can give yourself 5 minutes to acclimatize before the class starts by arriving a bit earlier. This 5 minutes is great for letting your brain become ready to learn.

Warm up before classes and social dancing. Sometimes it feels silly but warming up the body is really important. The more the activity asks from you, and this is personal, the more you should prepare yourself for it. When you are warm you also most better and more fluidly. The chances of one of those dances you will remember is much higher.

Learning is forgetting. Keep in mind that to learn something and take it in at a deeper level we often need to see it several times. Similar to body memory but for the brain. Let yourself forget things as part of the learning process.

Make sure your clothes don't hold you back. Depending on the type of activity you do, make sure your clothing allows for the movements you want to do as well as keeping you sufficiently covered. There is nothing worse than trying to do something and finding you either can't do it or don't want to as it leaves you exposed.

Take time for your own translation. Particularly for partner dancers but also for students who take a lot of classes. Its useful to take 5 minutes by yourself to put all the things you have learned into your own words and understanding. You can take a step deeper to try and link other things you do as part of your activity into this and check it with a trusted teacher or more experienced dancer. I always invite my students to check ideas with me and also tell them when its possible but not my personal approach or maybe i don't have the answer due to it being outside my expertise or comes down to a choice for the student i can't answer for them. After all i am not a guru but a dancer.

The first time you learn something sticks with you forever, or until you do a lot of hard work to change it. The first time we properly learn something we take it into our memory in a more profound way than the second and third times. Its good to make sure that you understand it correctly this first time and that you are getting quality information. This way you will avoid many bad habits that form due to misinformation. Secondly the amount of work it takes to change this first memory once made.

Ask your teachers why. If your activity is anything like Argentine tango then the question why is a good one. In tango everyone and anyone can teach, with a huge range in abilities to dance and abilities to teach. There are good dancers and terrible teachers, good teachers and terrible dancers and everything in between. The question why tends to cut through the crap. If they can give you a solid and clear reason why, then they probably know what they are talking about. If not then you can think on this. Just be a little aware of the difference between question about a step or subject being taught and questioning the teacher themselves. The second one is unpleasant on the receiving end and feels as though you are being asked for you credentials as a teacher. This is likely to close up most teachers making this a moot point. Active learning is essential to efficient learning and becoming more proficient. Its also rewarding and personally i find it gives a lot of enjoyment.

I hope these were useful. Try them out and if you want more information post a comment below. It would be great if you can spread the word about our new blog using some of the buttons below.We will regularly be posting information about dance, health and a little on Argentine tango.

Friday, 22 July 2016

'Hemeltje' fundraising campaign for the setup costs of a new sustainable space in Utrecht

We have a beautiful studio in Utrecht that is now pretty much full of people renting and making in our space. There is a big need in Utrecht for spaces that are user friendly and affordable. Mostly the two don't come together. Our project is bringing people together, enabling innovative social business through making space available to great people offering inspiring activities and projects across the board of dance through to events.

Now we have found a great location but need help with the start up costs to create a sustainably running space once set up will run into the future. Check out our crowdfunding campaign and help us reach our fundraising aim, be part of an amazing group of people who are making this new space possible. And there is the perk of some lovely gifts along the way.

Funds raised will cover the cost of a beautiful floor, stage area and decoration in the way of lighting and curtains to increase coziness and sound quality. Check it out now at: