Lisanne Geerts, based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, is a Ballet Teacher, School Principal and Founder (2015) of Ballet School de Kattensprong. She is experienced and qualified Teacher of Dancing, which is internationally recognized. With her Certificate in the Teaching of Pre-School Children of the English Ballet School of Amsterdam, she specializes in providing Preschool Ballet Classes.
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I’m a real Dutch native, born in Groningen, raised in Amsterdam and now I live with my partner in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Of course, I love dancing, but I have many other hobbies and interests, like singing, swimming, archeology, ancient history and of course cats. I also love working with children.
Your Skill/Talent is a ‘Gift’ for others to receive! Please tell us something more about your Gift that you intend to share/teach to others?
The ‘gift’ I’m sharing with the world is Ballet. ‘From the moment I could walk, I swirled through the room and I wished I was in a ballet class.’ Unfortunately, in the small village I grew up in, I could not start any dance classes before I was 5 years old. Finally, I turned 5, started my first ballet classes and I loved it! I started in 1994 with Classical Ballet in Leek, led by Maud Walkate, and have never stopped dancing since.
The need to live life through dance has always remained and I’ve never left the ballet world. I continued my ballet training in 1998 in Groningen at Wanda Kuiper, until I moved to Amsterdam in 2000 and took lessons with Marjolein Buningh at Ballet School de Toverfluit. In 2002, I continued my education at the English Ballet School of Amsterdam, led by Pauline Holden.
When I got the chance to train as a ballet teacher, I grabbed it with both hands. There is nothing more beautiful than to be able to share this passion with others! Besides Classical Ballet, I played in several Musicals at the National Youth Musical Theatre. Although I have practiced many different types of dance with pleasure, including Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Streetdance, Show, Jazz and Bharatanatyam, Classical Ballet stayed with me as my first love.
What are some of the unique aspects about your Skills/Talents? What can students learn and what is your teaching style?
I teach according to an international method in the British style of Classical Ballet.
This style is formed by a pure, precise technique, without ornaments, and an emphasis on a good basic technique and strength. This Ballet style has produced several famous dancers such as Alicia Markova, Margot Fonteyn and Darcey Bussell!
The followed worldwide syllabus leads on from amateur to professional level, both children and adults. It is therefore annually possible for everyone from 3 years old to take an international ballet exams. Of course we also hold an annual performance!
If you look back, has there been a ‘Golden Globe’ moment that is special to you and you feel proud about?
I can’t think of any special Golden Globe moment. I do feel special and proud during every performance and exam, when I see my pupils shine and show off the skills they’ve learned during the year. This truly makes me feel wonderful!
What do you believe is the most important quality that a Student should keep in mind for learning the skill?
That everyone can dance! But some skills need more time than others. Dancing takes practice, but if you’ll practice, you’ll get there, one way or the other!
If you are interested in joining one of Lisanne’s classes in Amsterdam or in Den Bosch, then click here to register.