3 hour intensive by Tjarda van Straten

This is your chance to take your skills to a deeper level!

6 November, Shimmy Shake Festival Rotterdam (NL)

Keywords: intention, body language, authenticity, expression & creativity.

What is this workshop about?

Ready to take your skills to a deeper level? Blocked by habits or even stuck in a rut? Then it's time for some fresh perspectives, to break through your blocks and touch your audience like you never did before! It is amazing what three intensive hours can do for your movement profile and expression – a wider horizon opens up without losing what makes your approach and your body unique. This workshop is all about some useful tools, plus experimentation. However, experimentation with a clear purpose: learning to articulate more clearly and make instinctive decisions. Unite what the soul feeds into the mind with how the mind moves the body. Increase your possibilities without getting lost. Increase your power without being overwhelmed. Grow!

About Tjarda van Straten

Tjarda is a thoughtful and genuine coach, choreographer, dance, movement & yoga instructor. She is a Certified Integrated Coach and a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and uses this knowledge as a clear framework in her teachings and coaching in dance, movement, mobility and yoga, making her a welcome guest throughout Europe, Russia, USA and Asia. Tjarda regularly gives individual and group coaching sessions to help dancers and movers develop growth.

Tjarda holds certifications for teaching dance and dance and movement therapy and still studies continuously to broaden her education. She is currently studying to become an Integrated Psychotherapist at the BodyMind Institute in Rotterdam. Tjarda is well-known for her innovative and meaningful choreographies and creative movement vocabulary. Both her teaching and her choreographies have inspired peers and audiences around the globe and her work triggers many in finding their own path. Tjarda is the inventive force behind award-winning troupe The Uzumé Dance Company and The Amano Project and she often teams up with other dancers in the business such as Anasma, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emanuel, Ariellah, Unmata and more.


Tjarda was a proud member and Movement Director of HipSick Unusual Theatre from 2007 till 2019. She is the producer of “Worlddance Con Fusion”, “Beyond Bellydance” and “Infusion Rendezvous”. In 2006 The Uzumé Dance Company wins the Global Open Stage Contest by RASA & Zimihc and tours several theatres in Holland and in 2007 they win first prize for Best Dance Company – Cross Over Choreography hosted by the LiteSide Festival in Holland. Tjarda receives a nomination by The National Institute of the Voluntary Arts for Most Promising Upcoming Choreographer with Exquisite Skills in 2008 and in the same year she also obtains a grant from the Performing Arts Fund NL for talented dancers to study in the US for 6 months. In 2009 she featured on Tales of Desire 2, a performance DVD produced by the Hollywood Music Center with the most influential tribal dancers of today. In the same year she created a beautiful duet with famous upright bass player Djordje Stijepovic (Fishtank Ensemble). Her 20 minute cross-over show “LIGHTS” from 2010 got supported with a grant from AFK and the LiteSide Festival for talented upcoming choreographers. Tjarda has been an honorary member of US-based troupe UNMATA for 5 years. Together with colleague Hilde Cannoodt, Tjarda created a 20 minute piece “Movement for Humanity” for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda in 2016. HipSick’s short performance “APORIA” was chosen as on of the winners of the LISFE Art Competition 2016.