As a child, I loved dancing and singing,
preferably with the door closed so no one could
see or hear me. It charged me up
and all the tension that I had built up in my
in my body flowed away.
Dance is my second heartbeat.
Now still I feel close to myself, I feel Alive when I dance.
I followed many different dance courses: contemporary dance, African and Indian dance, flamenco, contact improvisation, sacred dance, body and voice work at the Kleine Tiki and came home (again) to intuitive, free dance. Now I love to dance with - and am inspired by - Cecile Klefstad, Frie Lavelli, Chris Camp, Thea Spanjers, Geert Meeus (5 Rhythms), Sue Rickards (Open Floor, 5 Rhythms) and on the Ecstatic Dance floor, among others. I followed the Ecstatic Dance Facilitator Training in Amsterdam with Caroline S' Jegers, Léon Beckx and Tom Goldhand. In France, I did the Open Floor Ground Lab guided by Lucie Nérot and Stacey Butcher.
I got to know A Tes Trousses not by chance at all in 2020 via the singer/flautist/multi-instrumentalist/... Jonathan when we both worked as volunteers at the Boskanter farm. One evening we were doing the dishes together and exchanged music. When I heard A Tes Trousses for the first time above the huge pile of dishes, I immediately felt the chemistry. The first seed of our collaboration had been planted.
I have learned an indescribable amount about body, heart, mind and soul from my life mentor Jef Vangenechten. He shared with me his own life wisdom and the wisdom that was handed to him by healers and shamans on his many journeys. From him, I learned through trial and error to love myself. A process still in progress. I continue my life learning process with Remke Kamphuis (Inner Child, Healing Cuddling, Trauma Healing), Sabine Vandingenen (Art of Connection, Nonviolent Communication), Savera Noriega (Touchstudio, Somatic Experience, trauma therapy, Learning Love Method) and Brechtje Schoofs (4 Dimensional Massage, The Immortal Woman).
And with all the people around me, Life itself...
'When I dance, my soul is purring like a cat'.