BIO

“DANCE IS NOT ABOUT THE MOVES, DANCE IS ABOUT WHAT MOVES YOU.”- Tjarda

Tjarda is a thoughtful and genuine choreographer, dancer, instructor and coach with a broad-minded curiosity towards fusing dance. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and uses this knowledge as a clear framework in her teaching, where the emphasis lies on the connection between the student’s unique selves and their expression through movement – the intent behind it and the quality it produces, making her a welcome guest throughout Europe, Russia, USA and Asia. She holds certifications for teaching dance and dance therapy and still studies continuously to broaden her education. Tjarda is well-known for her innovative and meaningful choreographies and creative movement vocabulary. Blurring lines and drawing inspiration from even the most unlikely sources is the opening stance of all her choreographies and classes. 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. Her nomination for Most Promising Upcoming Choreographer with Exquisite Skills by The National Institute of the Voluntary Arts in 2008 has led Tjarda to receive several grants to expand her knowledge and to develop new projects, such as her 20-minute pieces “LIGHTS” and “Movement for Humanity”. Tjarda is a proud member and movement director of HipSick Unusual Theatre and regularly gives individual and group coaching sessions to help dancers develop growth.

Tjarda 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.

“Tjarda, aside from being an inspiring choreographer and beautiful dancer, she has this amazing way of making everyone around her feel special. She is funny, kind and down to earth.”

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