Dance in Art’s teaching staff is comprised of highly experienced professionals. Members of our staff have danced and worked with many leading professional dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, Introdans, Internationaal Dans Theater, Het Nationale Ballet, Aalto Ballet Theater in Essen and New English Contemporary Ballet.


Artistic- and Business Director | Teacher and Choreographer



In 2014 Martine Elizabeth van Santen has been Honored for Excellence in Choreography by WORLDWIDE Who’s Who and has been qualified for inclusion in the WORLDWIDE Who’s Who registry of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.

HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS, September 9, 2014, Martine Elizabeth van Santen, Artistic and Business Director of Dance in Art has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in choreography and business management. Ms. van Santen wears many hats as the artistic and business director of Dance in Art.

For Martine van Santen (1982), an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and instructor, art allows her to express the essence of her existence in this world. Although she has inspired countless audiences on stages around the world, she felt a desire to give back through her artistry, experience the emotion that comes with dancing for a cause, and help others find their voices through movement. She enrolled in a master’s program at the Utrecht School of the Arts while teaching dance at Transvaal College and completing an apprenticeship with Young in Prison. Little did she know that working with these groups in tandem would provide her with the insight and experience to establish Dance in Art, a center for dance, art education and performance training. Ms. van Santen encourages her performers to research various modes of art to actualize their full potential and find their artistic points of view. She developed this learning model while working on her master thesis, which focused on dance expression and art methodologies for young offenders and young adults with severe psychiatric disorders. Applying what she learned through her research, Martine has helped dancers from various backgrounds find their unique styles and develop their personal abilities.

Ms. van Santen has more then 10 years of experience in choreography, having recently become the artistic and business director of Dance in Art. As an organizational expert, she juggles many tasks, from serving as the artistic director and choreographer of the studio, as well as overseeing scheduling, handling finances and teaching.

Looking back, Ms. van Santen attributes her success to her education and her experiences working in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and New York. She became involved in her profession through a natural chain of events stemming from her prior experiences in the field. Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher for several freelance art projects and modern ballet companies. In 2006, she became the artistic director of the Contemporary Dance Company, ‘Dansgroep Haarlem,’ and in 2008 she was appointed as the European development coordinator and assistant to the director with the New English Contemporary Ballet.

Ms. van Santen received a Master of Education in Arts from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2012, as well as a Bachelor of Performing Arts in contemporary dance and choreography from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she graduated with honors in 2004. In years to come, Ms. van Santen would like to expand the company and incorporate different types of art into the company’s performances.

Dance & workshop experience: a.o. William ForsythNederlands Dans Theater 2, Henri Oguike, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Trisha Brown, Scottish Dance Theatre and  ‘Rite of Spring’ Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York, United States.


2018: ‘Shooting Stars’ Toneelschuur Haarlem 
2017: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ Toneelschuur, Haarlem
2017: ‘Forever 27’ Haarlemmerhout Theater, Haarlem

2016: ‘Consequences Unfold’ Co-productie Gather & DiA, Haarlem
2016: ‘Carmen’ Toneelschuur, Haarlem
2016: ‘Gek, Slecht en Droevig’ Theater de Luifel, Heemstede
2015: ‘Frida Kahlo’ Lichtfabriek, Haarlem
2015: ‘Opening Kunstlijn’ Haarlem Bavokerk
2015: ‘Black Flower White Flower’, Sneak Preview, DiA – DiA Spring 1, Toneelschuur Haarlem.
2014: ‘Duizend Impressies’, De Lichtfabriek, Haarlem
2014: ‘Expectations’, Theater de Luifel, Heemstede
2014: ‘Desire’, Theater de Luifel, Heemstede
2014: ‘De Schoonheid’, De Lichtfabriek, Haarlem
2014: ‘Are we Connected?’, Orangerie, Overveen
2013: ‘Figee aan zee’, DiA
2013: ‘Licht op (,) die fiets!’, Grote Markt Haarlem
2013: Benefiesta, Casa de la Alegría in Bolivia, DiA
2009: ‘Troost’ New English Contemporary Ballet School, Nottingham
2009: ‘Moments in Time’ New English Contemporary Ballet 2, Nottingham
2008: ‘Grenzen’ Dansgroep Haarlem, Toneelschuur
2008: PicturePerfect Dance Productions, Røring Patronaat, Haarlem
2008: ‘Alles berust op evenwicht’ Danswerkplaats (DWP), Haarlem.
2007: ‘4 Solo’s’ DWP Haarlem, Frankrijk
2007: ‘My Grandmère’ DWP Haarlem, Frankrijk.
2006: Mei project DWP Haarlem, France
2006: ‘Closure’ DWP Haarlem
2006: ‘The Eyes’ Dansgroep Haarlem
2005: ‘In Between’, Edinburgh Festival
2005: ‘Eb en Vloed’ Open Dans Podium, Noord Holland Danst
2005: ‘Was ik Maar…’ – Provadja Danst
2005: ‘Het Wonder van de Ontmoeting’ award best choreography, by Krisztina de Châtel

2015: The Human Race
2014: A day at the Office

– Rudolf Steiner College
– Tilburg University
– Transvaal College
– Jeugd Theater School, A’dam
– The Company — Cia de Dança Deborah Colker, United Kingdom Tour
– New English Contemporary Ballet
– Danshuis Haarlem

Dance related work:
– Young in Prison
– LeineRoebana
– DansmakerS



Martine van Santen is de oprichtster en artistiek directeur van de postdoctorale dans opleiding Dance in Art (DiA). DiA is een private opleiding voor dans, kunst en performance training.

Carrière Martine van Santen

Van Santen is in 2004 cum laude afgestudeerd in moderne dans, bewegingswetenschappen en choreografie aan de Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds University in de UK. Sindsdien is zij werkzaam geweest voor verschillende freelance projecten en moderne gezelschappen als danseres, choreografe en docent door heel Europa. In 2012 behaalde zij haar master titel voor de opleiding Master of Education in Arts aan de Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, waar DiA aan ten grondslag ligt.

Methodiek van Martine van Santen

De methode die Martine van Santen gebruikt voor het proces van haar choreografieën is het engageren van de dansers op elk mogelijke manier. De dansers werken in opdracht van Martine van Santen,  zij vormt en schaaft de bewegingen in een choreografie dat bij de DNA van de danser past. Op die manier wordt de choreografie als een perfect zittende jas één met de danser.

Paola Ghidini
Teacher Floorbarre & Ballet

Paola Ghidini is a ballet, modern and contemporary dancer, dance teacher and artist. Born in Brescia, Italy, she started her ballet training at a very young age. Amongst others, she studied at Studio76 in Brescia, Opus Ballet in Florence and Rossella Hightower in Cannes. During her education she took part in many dance workshops in Italy and abroad, studying with international teachers, dancers and choreographers. She studied one year Set Design in Florence and received a Bachelor Degree for Social and Political Science at Universita’ degli Studi di Milano. She’s a certified Ballet Teacher at A.I.D.A in Milan; interested in anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation. Moreover, she dedicated the last 4 years to the American method Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, becoming a Certified Teacher in 2014 and introducing the method in the Netherlands. In 2017 she was certified with SiDI (Safe in Dance International) as a Health Dance Practitioner. As dancer in Italy she performed for many years with the company Doppio Movimento, S83 Physical Theatre and in two musical productions. Based in the Netherlands since 2014, she has been a member of Isabelle Beernaert’s company, she danced with the Dutch National Opera&Ballet and with DeDDDD. Currently focusing on her own work and creation with other colleagues, she performed in different venues the duet “DropLess” and she’s now touring with the piece “GoneWords”.

Rita Correia
Choreographer & Teacher Ballet / Yoga

Born in Cologne and growing up in Lisbon, Rita is a half Portuguese half German dancer who currently works with the Gross Dance Company. She joined the DiA junior company for the season 2016/17 and will be teaching ballet to the year group 2017/18.
In July 2016 she graduated from the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden, where she did her bachelor of art. Her education included workshops in Gaga techniques, Forsythe improvisation techniques and many more. Before graduating she did an internship in The Forsythe company and in Ballet Mannheim.
During that time Rita also danced pieces of choreographers like Ihsan Rustem, Ohad Naharin and Catarina Christl.
Her first ballet and contemporary education was at the Conservatory in Lisbon.

Guest Teachers


Ester Haverlikova Natzijl
Teacher NDT repertoire and Physical Theatre

Ester is trained academically in theatre and dance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and danced for several years with Introdans (1998-1999) and the Netherlands Dans Theater (1999-2003) and joined many dance-theatre projects as a freelance dancer (including one with the Frankfurter Ballet in 2004). She received additional training in theatre and mime, got her MA in Theatre Science from the University of Amsterdam and simultaneously created acts and dance-theatre performances.

In 2009 she performed as a dancer/actress in Last Touch First, a co-production of Jiří Kylián and Michael Schumacher in Moscow, Vienna and Rome. She performed in A Dog’s Heart of composer Aleksander Rasktaov in a direction of Simon McBurney at the Holland Festival Amsterdam in 2010. In 2011 she danced in Les Sylphides, a performance by Nicole Beutler. Next to that she was engaged as a dancer and puppeteer in The Recycle Project of theatre-maker Ulrike Quade.
She also performed as a dancer/singer/actress in a co-production of the Worldband and The Rosa Ensemble and created her own Dance- and puppettheatre performance PROPS for the Over het IJ festival and the Fringe Amsterdam 2012. Last few years she worked with Duda Paiva Company DPC as a dancer/puppeteer on his productions Bestiaires and Break a Legend.

In 2014 she started working on her first ‘one woman show’ – together with her inner demon given shape in a humansize foam puppet -in which she will combine her expertise as a dancer, actrice and puppeteer.

Ester is performing with her own created acts/performances on several locations, events, festivals and theaters in Europe.


Anique Bosch
Teacher Pilates

Anique started ballet when she was 4 years old. From 1994 till 2003 she attended the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, where she graduated and obtained here degree in dance.

Her first contract she got was in 2003 at the Aalto Ballet Theater in Essen, Germany, where she was featured in The Wall, Requiem and Le Sacre du Printemps.

From 2004 she danced in musicals and other big danceshows in Germany, Holland, Austria and Switserland, such as Die Schöne das Biest, Robin Hood, Best of Musical Gala 2010, The Fantastic Shadows. She has done the original musical Cats 3 times and in 3 different languages​​, English, Dutch and German. Her role was Victoria, the white cat.

She also danced in Tissu (Aerlist) at Bencha Theater, she gives ballet and pilates classes, and works as a portrait photographer.



Sabine Seijerlin

Sabine Seijerlin
Teacher Dance Therapy & Movement Study


Corneliu Ganea portrait

Corneliu Ganea
Teacher Improvisation and Choreography

Corneliu Ganea is an independent Romanian choreographer, teacher and performer based in Amsterdam. Training in classical ballet and contemporary dance in his home country and Switzerland, Corneliu followed a carrier in contemporary dance with different dance companies in Germany and The Netherlands. He worked with a number of international choreographers such as Itzik Galili, Krisztina de Chatel, Anne Van Den Broek, Michael Schumacher, Club Guy & Roni, and many others. De developed a strong attraction to choreography and developed his choreographic practice along side his carrier as a dancer. Since 2013 he is focusing on creating his own works in The Netherlands and abroad. As an entrepreneur Corneliu co-founded Random Collision in Groningen, Area 59 and Spazio Nudo in Amsterdam. Currently he is developing his first evening work, titled Shell Shock, based on WWI war syndrome.



Rossana Caldarera
Teacher Ballet and Contemporary

Rossana Caldarera began her professional education with classical ballet in her hometown Genova (Italy) . At the age of 18, she participates at the dance competition “Danza&State” where she wins a scholarship to study at the Academy Balletto di Toscana-Opus Ballet in Florence. There she studies for 2 years becoming a dancer member of the Junior BDT and the Opus Ballet Company having the chance to work with choreographers as M.Bigonzetti, F.Monteverde and D.Tinazzi. In 2003 she leaves Italy for France where she meets D.Lesdema. With him she refines her education and she became a member of his modern company “Kinetic” for 3 years. In the same period she also worked with C. Portal, C. Dodelande, A. Alexandrov and M. Lusuer. Since 2010 Rossana is living in Amsterdam; Here she starts working with Sagi Gross, Lonneke van Leth and freelancer for Bencha Theater (aerial and acrobatic company). Since 2011 she is dancing at the Internationaal Danstheater and working with difference Guest choreographers as V.Wellenkamp, N. Veerdoorn , Alida Dors.



Patrick Radu
Teacher Ballet and Contemporary

Patrick received his dance education at ArtEZ Arnhem, the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and Alvin Ailey School in New York. Patrick danced with the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and several German companies. He was a finalist in The Ultimate Dance Battle and the Everybody Dance Now Competition. With the Arnhems Danstheater he worked as a dancer, choreographer and actor. In 2012 Patrick started with the Internationaal Danstheater (IDT) as a dancer and in 2015 also as a choreographer for IDT.

Antonin Comestaz
Choreographer and Teacher

Fernando Troya
Teacher Contemporary and Improvisation