We are
Meraki

Meraki Dance Collective is a dynamic duo of two international, passionate & professional dancers and dance teachers who travel throughout the world to bring their unique flavor to any dance event near you.

Universal language

We at MDC believe that dance is a universal language and a way to connect with anyone, anywhere on this beautiful planet. We also experience that dance is an artistic way to express oneself and we are grateful to guide you through this special process. This can be done on any level, at any age, and in any style.

Take more chances,
dance more dances.

Liam O’Callaghan & Loura Sita van Krimpen – the founders of MDC – are specialized in modern/contemporary dance and several dance improvisations techniques. Besides teaching workshop intensives and dance courses we also love to perform.

In 2017 MDC has performed and taught at the SINO Dutch International Dance Festival in Guangzhou; coached bachelor students from renown Dutch art university Codarts during their stay in China; judged at the International Youth Arts festival in Foshan; fully organized a Modern Dance Intensive in Foshan;­­ performed own work at the Hummingbird Youth Dance Festival in Zhuhai; performed, choreographed and taught at the International Dance Festival in both Zhengzhou and Nanning. Besides these projects, MDC has also enjoyed the smaller, intimate shows and private classes catered in our own private dance studio, Meraki Studio in Nanning, Guangxi province.

To conclude, Meraki, is a Greek word for doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. This is what we stand for, this inspires us every day.

Please feel free to contact us with any inquiry or proposal. We are looking forward to working with you! 

Liam O’Callaghan

18 | 05 | 1985
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

[EDUCATION]
Multimedia College Amsterdam (2003)
ISH Dance & Theatre College (2001 – 2005)

[STYLE]
Breakdancing; Hip Hop; Locking; Acrobatics; Freestyle/improvisation; Experimental; Hollywood martial arts; Contemporary.

[SKILLS]
Performer; Director; Choreographer; Teacher; Technical Producer; Production Coordinator; Martial Artist; Model; Stuntman; Actor; Entrepreneur.

[INTERESTS]
Traveling; Spirituality; Science; Art; Gaming; Mechanical Engineering and DIY.

Work experience Liam
2017

Guangzhou, China || SINO-DUTCH International Dance Festival
Performing artist, Master Classes, and Choreography for professional dancers and dance students from the universities of Guangzhou.

Foshan, China || International Youth Arts Festival
Performing artist in ‘Here I am’ by Meraki DC and judge at Festival.

Nanning, China || European Trio Dance Intensive
Master classes for professional dancers and dance students from the Guangxi University of Arts.

Foshan, China || International Modern Dance Workshop
Artistic Manager, Choreography, Master Teacher + Performing artist.

2016 – 2017

Nanning, China || i2 International Institute of Education
Private dance education for all ages; workshops; marketing activities and providing training to the Chinese staff.

2008 – 2015

Amsterdam, the Netherlands || ActionPact
Stuntman and assistant/coordinator in movies and commercials i.a. Discovery Channel; PostNL; Michiel de Ruyter; Prince; De Groeten van Mike; Dokter Tinus and Hyperscape.

2013

So You Think You Can Dance
A contestant on the Dutch TV show SYTYCD reaching the Live-shows top 12.

2010 – 2015

Amsterdam, the Netherlands || Samadhi Dance Company
Under the artistic direction of Vraja Sundari Keilman.
Performing artist in the following productions: pre-program Bho (’10); Mohini (’11-’12); Tusta (’13-’14); 2Fold (’14); Hanuman (’14-’15); Atma (’15) and Seva (’11-’15). Productions have been performed i.a. the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, UK, and Colombia.

2001 – 2013

Amsterdam, the Netherlands || Stichting ISH/Balls
Under the artistic direction of Marco Gerris.

Teacher in national and international education projects i.a. USA, Canada, Senegal, India, Jordan, Romania, Scotland, UK and the Netherlands.

Performing artist in the following productions: YoungISH (’01-’03); Freestylish (’03-’05); DanceOpera (’04-’05); VirtualISH (’05-’06); Balls (’06); 4-ISH international tour USA, Canada (’06-’07); StylISH (’07-’09); Ego-Clash (’10); Fight Flow (’12-’13); MonterverdISH (’13).

Director/choreographer for the following productions: Just do ISH (’06)l StylISH (’07-’09)

Loura Sita van Krimpen

08 | 08 | 1992
Durban, South-Africa

[EDUCATION]
Codarts, Rotterdam – School of Arts
Bachelor of Dance in Education (2010 – 2014)

[STYLE]
Modern dance; Dance improvisation;
Contemporary; Floorwork; Ballet; Modern Jazz.

[SKILLS]
Performing artist; Dance teacher; Modelling;
Theatre/Dance producing; Graphic design; Acting; Write proficient. 

[INTERESTS]

Art; Spirituality; Travelling; DIY; Yoga; Vedic teachings; Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine; Designing; Being creative; learning languages.

Work experience Loura

2017

Codarts International Community Arts Project || Guangzhou, China
Coaching of 3rd-year bachelor dance in education students during their 2-week project performing and teaching.

SINO-DUTCH International Dance Festival || Guangzhou, China
Performing artist, Master Classes, and Choreography for professional dancers and dance students from the universities of Guangzhou.

‘HOME’ – 203Y Dance || Guangzhou, China
Dancer. Choreography by: Ma Ke & Zoey Zheng.

International Youth Arts Festival || Foshan, China
Performing artist in ‘Here I am’ by Meraki DC and judge at Festival.

European Trio Dance Intensive || Nanning, China
Master classes for professional dancers and dance students from the Guangxi University of Arts.

International Dance Festival || Zhengzhou, China
Performing artist, workshop intensive and Choreography for professional dancers and semi-professional dancers.

2016 – 2017

i2 International Institute of Education || Nanning, China
Private dance education for all ages; workshops; marketing activities and providing training to the Chinese staff.

2014 – 2015

Dancer in Spirits – Iris Ton || multiple cities, the Netherlands
Modern dance & dance improvisation

2013 – 2015

Samadhi Dance Company || Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Artistic manager & choreography by Vraja Sundari Keilman
Repertory: AntaH (2011); Tusta (2013 internship); Seva (2013, 2014); 2FOLD H/Y (2014) Hanuman (2014/2015); Atma (2015) Job description: performing artist, assistant choreographer, and organizational employee. Performances have been presented in e.g. the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, England, and Colombia.

2013

Teaching at Attakalari Dancer Diploma Education || Bangalore, India
Teaching at Amy Biehl Foundation || Cape Town, South Africa
Dancer and co-creator ‘Pippa en de Parachute’ || the Netherlands & South Africa

2008 – 2012

De Dutch Don’t Dance Division || the Hague, the Netherlands
Artistic managers & choreography by Thom Stuart & Rinus Sprong

Repertory: The Nutcracker (2008, 2012) Abdallah en de Gazelle van Basra (2010, 2011) Role: corps de ballet and character role.

2011

HAIR live in Ahoy || Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Choreography by Gary Lloyd

Teacher in educational program Dance Works R’dam || Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Artistic manager: André Gingras

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