Meet the Staff

DiA Team

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

Martine van Santen

Artistic- & Business Director, Choreographer, Teacher and Dancers coach. 

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.


Paola Ghidini

Teacher Floor barre and ballet, Health Dance Practitioner, Dancers coach

Paola Ghidini is a ballet, modern and contemporary dancer, dance teacher and artist. As a dancer in Italy she performed many year with the company Doppio Movimento, S83 Physical Theatre and in two musical productions. Based in the Netherlands since 2014, she has been (among other companies) a member of Isabelle Beernaert’s company, she danced with the Dutch National Opera&Ballet and with DeDDDD.

Anique Bosch

Teacher Pilates – About Moving

I studied at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, where I got my bachelor degree in dance in 2003. Since then I have been working as a ballet dancer in different countries. The musical “Cats” was a big part of my career. I played the role of “White Cat” in the Netherlands, England and Germany.
I followed several Pilates teacher training courses at the Pilates Company, Kineticode Pilates and the Polestar ® Pilates Comprehensive Studio Course.

Patrick Radu

Guest teacher Ballet, Contemporary, Partnering

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.

Ester Natzijl

Guest 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).

Roos-Anne Bruggeman
Thu Hang Pham
Karen Gallegos

Ballet- and Pilates Teacher 

Originally from Mexico, Karen completed her education in Classic Dance in 2015 at Nacional Institute of Fine Arts (INBA).  In Mexico, she danced with The Metropolitan Ballet Company and performed Swan Lake with the Nacional Dance Company of Mexico.

Lauren Yeung

Guest Choreographer

Founder & Director
Chalk Dance

Shannon Mary May

Guest Choreographer

Founder & Director
Chalk Dance