Monday Motivation By Lindy Bremer
Lindy is a 20 year old girl who is a great dancer. She started to dance at the age of four and the dream to dance the Swan Lake was born. During her time at the Royal Conservatoire, she discovered her favorite style. It’s called neo-classical, a mix of classical and contemporary dance. I became interested in her story, because at my younger days I also took dancing class for many years. We went to a beautiful location where I captured her moves!
Hi Lindy! Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Lindy Bremer and I’m 20 years old. My school – Codarts University of Arts – is based in Rotterdam. Codarts is a Rotterdam based international university providing high level professional arts education in music, dance and circus arts. I started dancing when I was a little girl. Like most of the young girls, I had a big dream, becoming the white swan in Swan Lake. After studying ballet at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for 9 years, I felt the need to explore more different sides of dance. I also realised that I was not the perfect ballerina, the requirements are so high for classical ballet that my physical capacities do not fully fit what is actually required. In August I will start my internship at Introdans in Arnhem, this company works with ballet and modern at the same time. I really look forward to work in a dance company!
How did you get interested in becoming a dancer?
I think many girls are doing ballet when they are young, that was the same for me. One day I went with my amateur dancing school to the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, when I saw the girls dancing I knew that was what I want. To dance every day and become better and better. It sounds like a cliché but I have a super big passion for dance. I think if the passion is not big enough it is hard to work in this profession. For me it really feels like an urge to dance. At the moment I enjoy summer holidays, I take a bit of a rest but after three weeks I really need to start again.
What do you love most about your job?
As a dancer you work on a process, that is what I like the most about my job. You start everyday with a ballet class, so you can work on your technique, then you go to rehearsals for dance performances. You work with a rehearsal director or choreographer, in this “state” it becomes for me really interesting. Here you work with your technique in order to be able to do other stuff. You have to learn the choreography (coordination, musicality, spacing, sometimes you work on partnering) and then after weeks of working and rehearsing, it is time to perform on stage.
The choreography is so “into” the body that I am ready to share the story with the audience. Here the magic happens for me, during those moments the hard work pays off. From all the ballet and modern classes I did until the moment I’m on stage in front of a full audience, that process and development is what makes this job so interesting for me.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I get inspired really easily, but mainly the body itself is for me a big source of inspiration. I find it most fascinating what we can do and how we communicate as a dancer with the audience without using a word. I always want to give something to the audience, this is a challenge for every performance and every choreography.
How would you describe your style?
As I mentioned earlier, the dance style that I prefer the most is called neo-classical. This is a mix of classical and contemporary dance.
I love to dance ballet in ballet shoes with my hair tight, but I also appreciate to work more grounded and extreme.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
You always have to believe in yourself. And perfection actually doesn’t exists. What is perfection?
What is your dream as a dancer?
I find it really important that the society keeps investing in culture, also in dance. So my dream is that I can dance without any troubles or problems until my body says it is enough. My dream is to dance in many different places, with a lot of choreographers in many different styles.
Oh and after my dance career I would like to become a director of a dance education.
The biggest tip you have for anyone wanting to start a career as a dancer?
Stay who you are, again a cliché, but with only having a good dance technique you will not get far, you have to show your personality. That’s what makes you different from all the other good dancers in the world.
When I saw the girls dancing I knew that was what I want. Dancing every day and getting better and better.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I hope you can find me on stage working with different companies and choreographers. Maybe you will see me dancing in Germany, because there are more companies in the direction that I’m looking for then in The Netherlands.
Now, THE BIG QUESTION that everybody’s wondering, what is your best Monday Motivation?
My dream is dancing in a great dance company. I have to work hard to get there and need to train everyday to grow. But I would love to turn my hobby into a job!
I think if the passion is not big enough it is hard to work in this profession.
Thanks Lindy, I loved to hear your story and we had so much fun to take your portraits. Enjoy your internship!
Wauw, wat een prachtige foto’s. En wat een inspirerende verhaal!
Dankje, ik ben blij dat het je inspireert!