by Imre van Opstal, Student, Rotterdam Dance Academy, Codarts, Netherlands
I love to go to the Academy. Of course not always, but most of the time. The people in school are fun and it’s good to be around them. I like to come home totally exhausted and the feeling that you did something.
The only problem for me at the end of my day is the theoretical part. I don’t like theory so much and after I finished my high school, I don’t know how to do homework anymore.
Anyways the courses I have, I really like. Ballet is important to me, but modern dance is what I love the most. Also, improvisation is something what I always do, even if it is just 10 minutes in the hallway. With Pilates at 9:00, I often fall asleep and with Modern-Jazz you have to move like crazy, which feels great.
A day at Rotterdam Dance Academy is:
Go to the Academy
Other days also include Pilates/ Drama/ Modern-Jazz
16:30-21:00 rehearsal time (this is different for everybody, it depends what and how many pieces you are in)
My schedule was often till 20:00 or 21:00 for instance:
16:30-18:00 rehearsing school pieces
18:30-20:00 rehearsing pieces from the choreography department
20:00-21:00 own work
seeing friends/ internet/ television
About the Netherlands:
It’s a really rich, small and modern country. The Netherlands is known for its windmills, tulips, clogs, cheese and bicycles. As you know drugs are legal here, which is also one of the reasons for tourists to come to Holland.
Amsterdam is the capital, with the famous red light district. There are a lot of nice clubs, events and places to hang out with friends. The Netherlands is great with a lot of freedom! Except the weather…