NDT and Stichting de Vrolijkheid have joined forces for a long-term period to offer dance education to children in asylum seekers’ centers throughout the Netherlands. By bringing children into contact with culture through dance, they ultimately develop and experience more self-confidence in connection with others. Culture increases empowerment and has a positive effect on self-image, talents, and resilience. For children in asylum seekers’ centers, culture also establishes connections with people outside the asylum seekers’ center. This is essential for them to settle in the Netherlands, participate and find their own way.
This season the collaboration focuses on laying a foundation for the coming years. Various workshop series are being organized and supervised by dance teachers from NDT. Each workshop series begins with a kick-off in which the children watch a choreography danced by (former) NDT dancers. The video below was made during a kick-off of a workshop series in the asylum seekers’ center in Katwijk.
Photos by Petra Katanic.