Nederlandse Dansdagen Team
Claudia Laenen
Head of Marketing
Claudia Laenen
Head of Marketing

Claudia (1984) started dancing at a young age. To this day dance has never let her go. She herself has danced professionally for more than 10 years at, among others, the International Dance Theater. After retraining, she gained experience in marketing in various sectors. After working at Nederlands Dans Theater for more than 6 years and living in Amsterdam for 16 years, the decision was made to return to her roots in the south.
In addition to her work at the Dansdagen, she has founded a cultural consultancy (CASC) together with two former NDT colleagues, Lobke Nabuurs and Janine Dijkmeijer.

She has two children, Cezar and Mila, and is married to (also a former dancer) Brano. As a true Limburger, she loves good food and drinks, but also loves traveling and visiting the theatre.

What does dance mean to you?
"Dance is my life. I see it everywhere. In the past as a dancer, in the now, but I'm sure it will be part of my future too. It is a special art form that touches body and mind. As a dancer, but also as a viewer. Although I sometimes still find it difficult that I no longer dance myself… That is why I am very happy that I remain so closely involved in the dance sector through my work at the Dansdagen.'

Axelle de Rore
Education
Axelle de Rore
Education

Axelle (1994), born in Kortrijk (BE), started her dance career at the young age of three in the local ballet school. At seventeen, Axelle discovers that dancing can and should be more. A year later she was accepted at Codarts, University of the Arts in Rotterdam, and graduated in 2015. After having worked at Introdans for a year, Axelle decided to follow the one-year Dance in Education course at Fontys, University of the Arts in Tilburg. Here she graduated in 2016.

Sitting still is not an option for Axelle. A working week of hers is therefore very diverse. She works for SALLY Dance Company Maastricht and CIOS Dans, among others. She also gets to work every week with young dance talents who aspire to a future in dance by teaching at different schools.

Axelle lives with Wouter in Maastricht with whom she will welcome her first child in 2022. In her spare time she enjoys good food and travelling.

What does dance mean to you? “Wonder and discover where words stop.”

Femke Gilissen
Marketingcommunication
Femke Gilissen
Marketingcommunication

Femke (1996) graduated from KU Leuven in early 2020 with a Master's degree in Communication Sciences. During her last year she did an internship at Theater aan het Vrijthof, where her love for culture was confirmed and she continued to develop in the field of (online) marketing. She has been working at the Nederlandse Dansdagen since April 2020 and is involved in, among other things, online marketing and communication. From website to social media.

In addition to her work, she can expend her energy in sports. She enjoys running, but also often tries out new sports. Her latest sports passion: spinning. You can also regularly find her at concerts, at a festival or in the cinema.


What does dance mean to you? ‘The great thing about dance is the many gradations it has. From going wild in your living room to sophisticated art form and everything in between. Dance touches us all, even if we are not aware of it. That is what makes dance so unique and powerful.”

Ilona van den Brekel
Production
Ilona van den Brekel
Production

Ilona (1963) works as coordinator of all prizes awarded during the Nederlandse Dansdagen and as general production manager. She also works for a number of cultural institutions as a production and business leader (including Bureau Europa and Viewmaster Projects) and is a teacher at the Maastricht Institute of Interdisciplinary Arts.
After her studies in Dutch and International Law in Amsterdam, and having worked in this field for 15 years, she followed her passion and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (Autonomous) in Maastricht. Since then, she has worked as a visual artist in various media, including video, photography and ceramics. In her work she plays with the fact that people look at the same things in different ways and that everyone has their own image of this.
She mostly spends her free time in the mountains and on the water to do sports and relax. She lives and works in Maastricht and Amsterdam.

What does dance mean to you?
Dance is beautiful to watch, to be inspired by and to be swept up in all the emotions. Being able to work in this sector also offers these aspects twofold.'

Roel Beeftink-Funcken
Assistent business director
Roel Beeftink-Funcken
Assistent business director

Roel (1987) is assistant business director at the Nederlandse Dansdagen and also works as director-administrator of Delft Fringe Festival. He was educated at the Fontys Dance Academy and the Utrecht School of the Arts. He worked for some time as a marketing manager, among others at Paradiso Melkweg Production House, Holland Dance Festival and Korzo. A central theme in his career is dance and talent development for new makers in the performing arts. In addition, Roel is a director and supervisor of political and cultural organisations.

What does dance mean to you?
Dance is close to my heart. I once started at a local dance and music school and then I followed the dance training in Tilburg, after which I have been working 'backstage' in the dance sector for a number of years. Within the entire scope of the performing arts, dance is at the top. Every time I can be entranced when I see dance performances. And dance is certainly an outlet, but on the dance floor in a crowded club😉.'

Johanna Korgel
Festival coordinator
Johanna Korgel
Festival coordinator

Gemma Willems
Office manager
Gemma Willems
Office manager

Gemma; The office management at the office of the Nederlandse Dansdagen has her attention all year round. Specifically during the festival she is chief hospitality. Together with our hospitality partners, she prepares a warm welcome for all guests and dance companies of the festival months in advance. In addition, she offers production support where necessary. She can fall back on her many years of experience in an independent company. Arranging and structuring, that's what she likes to do. With her love for dance she has found her place at the Nederlandse Dansdagen.

What does dance mean to you? “Enjoying an art form that allows me to be in the moment. Watching with respect dancers tell stories with their bodies, dancing alone or interacting with each other. In a decor with beautiful lighting and styling. All in all a great night out at the theatre!'

Martine van Dijk
Commercial Director
Martine van Dijk
Commercial Director

Van Dijk studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts. She started her career as a production manager at Korzo and DansWerkPlaats Amsterdam. In 2006 she was director of the daCi conference. Later, Van Dijk worked as a business leader and then director of Cultural Education & Participation at the Holland Dance Festival.
As of January 1, 2019 she is affiliated with the Nederlandse Dansdagen as business leader. With her passion and expertise in the field of inclusion, cultural education and participation, she also contributes to opening up dance for everyone.

Mark Mülders
Volunteer coordination
Mark Mülders
Volunteer coordination

Mark is a real connector. It mainly works within the social domain, where culture is often used as a means to tackle, for example, social issues such as loneliness. He is associated with various social organizations in the field of cultural participation, including Stichting Vier het Leven and the VWS program Growing Together. Since 2018, he has been committed to the coordination and recruitment of volunteers within the Dutch Dance Days. An indispensable group within the festival organisation.
In his spare time, Mark likes to go to the movies, go for a walk on the Sint Pietersberg or visit a good concert in the Muziekgieterij.

What does dance mean to you?
The essence of dance as an art form is difficult to capture in words; there are many different definitions and descriptions of dance; but also feelings. I like that within dance the art is to express emotions through movement and expression on often beautiful instrumental music.

Ronald Wintjens
General director
Ronald Wintjens
General director

Stacz Wilhelm
Artistic coordinator
Stacz Wilhelm
Artistic coordinator

How much complexity can we tolerate? And vice versa: how much simplification do we need to survive? These are questions without answers that run like a red thread through my life.'

During his studies in social psychology, Stacz realized that science needs art, and vice versa. In the following years in underground culture, the realization grew that underground needs mainstream, and vice versa. He feels at home in the gray border area between worlds. Where certainties are lost.
Stacz came into contact with dance as an art form of embodiment and movement in 1994. She never let him go.

What does dance mean to you?
Gerard Lemaître once said 'dance is a secret' and just the way he said it made it true. Dance is the key to not-knowing for me. To the realization that reality is too rich and changeable to comprehend, but that through dance we can experience - and embrace it as such. That is the wisdom I see in every dancer who first dances and then thinks. With every choreographer who gives meaning with his dance and at the same time destroys meaning. And with every spectator who cannot find words to express her emotion. Or to quote Peggy Lee: 'if that's all there is, my friends, then lets keep dancing'.

Programme editorial team of the Nederlandse Dansdagen
Ronald Wintjens, Rob van Steen (voorzitter), Leo Spreksel, Brigitte de Goeij, Swantje Schäuble, Iselle Claassens, Violien Vocks, Geesje Prins and Marcelle Schots

Supervisory Board
Mavis Carrilho (chairman)
Ahmed Marcouch (vice-chairman) / Major of Arnhem
Ted Brandsen / Director Dutch National Ballet
Sandra Holtjer / Member college of management Stichting Limburgs Voortgezet Onderwijs
Myrthe van Opstal / Coordinator ArtEZ Pre-Training Dance Venlo
Erik van Ginkel / Director of Finance and Operations, Rijksmuseum

Stichting de Nederlandse Dansdagen is registered as a public benefit organisation [algemeen nut beogende instelling or ANBI]

Mission
ND wants to make the voice of the dance and the dance artist sound louder. In doing so, ND uses the power of dance to move society around social themes.
ND focuses on the heritage, current affairs and future of Dutch dance for the public, dance professional and society within a national and international context.
ND increases the appreciation and involvement of the public for Dutch dance, drives innovation within dance and makes a sustainable contribution to the diverse dance landscape in the Netherlands.

Vision
In recent years ND has developed into a festival for dance. Boundaries fade between disciplines and genres, between choreographer and dancer, between performer and audience, between stage and public space, and between countries. We are making room for all this at our festival, which is partly for this reason that has grown strongly in terms of duration and locations.

Remuneration Policy
The remuneration policy and the amount of the remuneration components are set by the board. The policy is updated annually. The members of the board are unpaid and do not receive a fee or expenses. When deciding the salaries of its personnel, the Dutch Dance Festival [Stichting De Nederlandse Dansdagen] follows the guidelines of the Dutch Stage and Dance Collective Bargaining Agreement [CAO Nederlands Toneel en Dans].

Contact details
The Dutch Dance Festival
Batterijstraat 48
6211 SJ Maastricht
The Netherlands

T +31-(0)43-30 300 30
E info@nederlandsedansdagen.nl
www.nederlandsedansdagen.nl

Chamber of Commerce 33304025

De Nederlandse Dansdagen worden mogelijk gemaakt door:

Partner Minocw Partner - Provincie Limburg Partner - Gemeente Maastricht Partner - Elisabeth Strouven Partner - Fonds 21 Partner - BGL Fonds logo kunstbende21 Partner Cultuurmakers Maastricht Partner Kanunnik Salden nieuwenhof Partner stichting Clemens Partner - Vrienden van de NDD Partner - Zwaan Partner - Proeftuin Dans Partner - Theater aan het Vrijthof