You grew up in Velden, a Catholic village close to Venlo. How was that?
Imre: “We had quite a few eyes on us: a father who played the drums, a son who danced… The strange Van Opstal family. But our parents have always fought for us and our individuality.
At school I was bullied because I was different from other girls and mainly played with boys. Besides, they thought I was stupid. I had been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD, but at the time it was not well known what that entailed. In my third year they let me down. My mother arranged for me to join Marne’s class. Then my scores went up a lot. Not unimportant, because to be able to go to dance school, I needed at least a HAVO recommendation.”
Marne: “I was also bullied. “Boys don’t dance,” I was told. But I am very stubborn and also quite stubborn: I went against it. When I was in group 8, I went on a theater tour with Introdans for Youth, my first real professional experience. My class was invited to come and have a look. From the moment they saw what I was doing, I felt that there was understanding, appreciation for what I had been working so hard on all these years.”