Katharina Conradi

Every'body' has a story to tell

Every body has a story to tell. Sharing these personal and yet universal stories can inspire others to open up to their own experiences, wishes and dreams.

Through observing how somebody moves, we can catch the essence of that person. That is why movement stories can feel so magical and touching.

As an artist, teacher and therapist I highlight those stories and experiences by reflecting on them in movement, words, performance and film.

In my work I join my experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, therapist and movement analyst. I teach at the arts universities in Amsterdam (AHK) and Rotterdam (Codarts), I create performances and dance films, I work in my private practice as a dance therapist with people in personal development in Amsterdam and I coach performing artists in finding integration between body, interpersonal space and audience. Movement, embodiment and creativity are the connecting themes among my different working fields.

To me, dance ranges from taking a breath or moving one arm to moving complex dance material. Movement allows us to connect our inner sensations to the outer world, to communicate with others and to manifest our existence in this world. The personal journey is often the starting point. These personal explorations can develop into art when we bring awareness to the universal aspect of our story and by letting it transform into an artistic product.

When I was a child, I often danced in my room. Without music or public, I would just climb a chair; jump off and my “performance” would start. I had a huge and colorful inner world – my body wanted to dance, sing and jump. There was something that wanted to get out – or more accurately: needed to get out. When I was coming into puberty I started taking classes in dance and theatre. In a dance studio I experienced freedom and inner space. It felt as if I could fly and time seized to exist.

When I was twenty I started studying contemporary dance and choreography in Amsterdam and went for an internship to New York. My training was based on the natural use of the body and the use of choreographic principle in a non-traditional way. I dived into the world of art and got inspired by other art disciplines.

After finishing my studies I started creating dance performances. I worked together with artists of various disciplines. At the same time I started teaching movement to different groups, like theatre students, migrant women, athletes and kids. I broadened my artistic and physical knowledge in order to create my work. The focus of my work shifted to the inner human condition. In addition to performances in theatres, I searched for other locations to show my work; an old factory location, a meadow or a storehouse. The surroundings were important for the experience I wanted to create: the estranged body in an industrial surrounding, the body in contact with nature, the intimate body in a domestic setting.

While being on my journey, I realized that together with my students and my performers, I was not only busy improving technique or creating a beautiful performance, but we also worked on a bigger intrinsic awareness: more grounding, more contact with oneself, clearer connection with the world around us. This was the moment that I started my second education for Master in Dance Therapy in Rotterdam (Codarts). The education had a big impact on me. I started to reflect more on the connection between body, mind and emotion.

I started working at the Arts Universities in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, teaching my students in Release Flow Technique, Partnering/Contact, Improvisation and Composition. My students helped me clarify my knowledge and provided a daily mirror and feedback. Next to my daily work as a dance teacher and my choreographic work, I started working in a psychiatric clinic and a forensic setting. Most of the people I worked with had never danced before. It was a good learning experience to work with so many different people. I was surprised and pleased to encounter the strength of this form of therapy for people that where not connected to dance. It brought them back into contact with their vitality and creativity. At the same time I started my own practice in dance therapy, where I support clients in their personal development.

In 2011 I decided to start my third education in Laban Movement Analyses in Edinburgh and I graduated in the summer of 2014. For my final exam I coached classical music students on improving their physical alignment in their playing routine, on working on sustainability in practice and performance and on being present while performing. I have experienced LMA/BF as a great application to achieve all this. This process with this new population has been rich with many discoveries. True embodiment, with a harmonic balance between inner sensation and outer awareness, is intrinsic to authentic expression. A physical training to warm up in presence, attention and the ability to connect and bridge the inner to the outer world is the key to successful performance and sustainability.

My three different studies – dance/choreography, dance therapy and movement analyses – form the base for all my different work. They lead me and bring me towards a deeper level of understanding from where I can make the connection between the moving body, our physical presence and our motivation to interact with the world.

The body has many stories to tell. I believe that the life story of a person is reflected in the body. As a choreographer I share these movement stories with the public, as a teacher I work with the body and its stories to enlarge creativity and physical ability, and as a therapist I mirror these stories to give insight in behavior and to find new possibilities of interaction.

Curriculum Vitae

 •  Studies  • 

2011-2014   Certificated Movement Analyst (CMA, LBMS), Edinburgh, Great Britain
2000-2006   Master in Dance Therapy (MA), Rotterdam, the Netherlands
1992   Internship in New York, dance study with Trisha Brown, Bebe Miller,Movement Research, Limon Technique
  (Ruth Currier), New York City
1987-1992   Bachelor in contemporary dance and choreography, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


 •  Own Productions  • 

2012-2015   Horizon – dance film with Marieke Dermul                          2000   Cera/Wachs it takes two festival, duet together
  with Nuria Manglano
2008-2010   Leeuwenhart, youth performance   1997   Zwarte Vlinders Dansplatvorm Rotterdam
  Sarah Ringoet en Nuria Manglano
2006   Twisted Doors solo dance: Mirte Courtens   1997   De koe op de dam Westergasfabriek, het Kabinet
2006   G.E:H/E?i,M! Tweetakt/Theaterwerk NL,
  openening performance Tweetakt
  1996   Fresh Tracks plays Fresh Tracks Graansilo Amsterdam
2005   Der Schnee und das Madchen dance film
  with Danielle van de Ven
  1995   De straat DNA De Nieuwe Amsterdam
2004/2005   Kom dichter youth performance
  Krakeling/Lab Berenkuil/Tweetakt
  1995   Verweerde Spiegels Danswerkplaats, Melkweg, tour
2002   Nu. Berenkuil, Lab production, youngsters   1993   The Unmovable met Ana Buitrogo, tournee Holland,
  Germany, Spain.
2001   Dansmarathon 5 choreographers in the
 Stadschouwburg in Utrecht
  1992   Fabulous Thing Sweet Killer Solo, music Michel  
tour Germany, Holland
2001   Taumeln Stadschouwburg Zwolle, Den Haag,
  national tour

 •  Directing, coaching (selection) • 

2003   Some blonde gave me nightmares Sarah Ringoet   1998   Mandala Pauline de Groot, Jenn Ben Yakov
2002   Zucht Orkater Ria Marks   1994   Strangers in Paradise Fabian Chyle, Sabina Holzer
2000   Mud Maaike van Dijk   1994   Hamletmachine Nada Kokotovik
2000   Wonderful World Claire Fleury      

 •  Performance in productions of other artists 
(selection) • 

2006   Instead of... Tino Seghal Stedelijke Museum Amsterdam   1998   In de Onderwereld Tender, Muziektheater Amsterdam
2003   Hundred thousand Million days Sarah Ringoet Gasthuis   1992   Memorial Yoshiko Chuma, Theater Place New York
2002   Mosquito Memories Sousan Gillson Westergasfabriek      
 •  Teaching Modern dance technique partnering, improvisation and composition. • 

2006   until now Codarts Rotterdam’s Dansacademie   1998-2000   Hogeschool voor de Kunsten SNDO
1996   until now Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Mime, ATKA)   2005   until now DOX Utrecht
2004-2014   Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Directing)   1995   until now summer workshop contact improvisation 
  and authentic movement in baileenelaire



holds magic


Katharina’s artistic work is characterized by a pure and sensory approach of the body towards space.
She believes that the body has many stories to tell that can enrich us by sharing them and seeing the beauty in them.
The themes for her performances come from personal and interpersonal sources such as influences of urban life on people,
emotional starting points such as rage and courage, rituals of mourning, coming-of-age themes (in her work for youngsters) and physical/emotional themes
like finding balance between surrender and struggle. Katharina likes to present them in the most pure physical form, with attention to musicality,
space and light. She works with various artists from other disciplines, such as musicians,
visual artists and theatre makers, and often works on sight-specific locations in nature or in urban environment.
Her fascination as a choreographer lies in the ludicrous beauty of imperfection. Her work is pure, dynamic and poetic.

our moving body can teach us

curiosity is the key to learn

Dance Teacher

Katharina has been teaching for more than 20 years within many different settings.
She teaches Release Flow Technique, Partnering/Contact, Composition, Improvisation, Applying Creativity and Laban Movement Analyses. She is employed at the Amsterdam Arts University (Mime and Acting department) and Codarts (Master Dance Therapy education and Master of Music at the Arts University in Rotterdam) and advises the artistic work of theatre makers as a movement dramaturge and coach. If you are interested in a workshop or if you want some individual teaching, please feel free to contact her.


Release Flow Technique

Release Flow Technique

Release Flow Technique is a movement practice that focuses on breathing, skeletal alignment, joint articulation, muscle relaxation and the use of gravity and momentum to facilitate efficient movement. Through dance combinations on the floor and through space we develop dynamic qualities in accordance to gravity and spatial pulls. Subtle contact with the ground, spatial awareness and personal expressivity will be practiced within given forms.
Contact Improvisation / Partnering

Contact Improvisation / Partnering

Contact Improvisation/Partnering is a dance technique in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation. The basic technique of sharing weight, dancing with a shared central axis, seeking ease in going off balance, sliding, jumping, falling, catching and moving in and out of contact will be investigated. We will find the spontaneous acrobatics of the form as well as investigate making choreographic material.
Improvisation / Exploration

Improvisation / Exploration

Improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema. Through emphasizing instinctual, unpredictable, free movement within the improvisation the mover is able to explore authentic feelings and inspirations.
Composing Movement

Composing Movement

Creating interesting movement material demands from the mover to become aware of what he/she is actually doing while at the time staying in the flow of creation. It is a forth and back process of letting the body create through explorations and pinning down the material by understanding the complex material in form, energy, kinesphere and use of space. In this process aspects of the Laban Analyses are used, as well as Forsythe’s method of ‘Improvising with an intelligent mind’.
Applying Creativity

Applying Creativity

Working with one's own creative potential in dance will help to gain a good understanding and base in the creative possibilities of the medium dance. The explorations in one's own personal dance will help to understand, lead and facilitate the creative process of others. Knowledge of the creative process in general and one's own process in particular will result in a deeper understanding of Self and Other and help bringing these two worlds together. For dancers, actors, dance movement therapists and anybody who wants to dive into the creative process through movement.
Laban Movement Analyses for dancers and actors

Laban Movement Analyses for dancers and actors

Laban Movement Analysis is a theoretical and experiential system for the observation, description, performance, and interpretation of human movement. Like we can describe an object through its colour, form and weight, we can describe and experience a movement through observing: which part of the body is moving? How is energy used? What is the shape and space the movement takes up? Becoming more aware of movement patterns and possibilities helps the dancer and the actor to use the body in a more efficient but also more expressive way. This work includes theoretical and practical learning experiences and gives you the possibility to broaden your movement possibilities.

if we start to listen
we will find change

Therapist & Coach

Dance Therapy | Coaching | Effective Movement Coaching

Dance Therapy


What is dance therapy?

Dance therapy is an experiential and body-oriented form of therapy in which dance and movement are used to initiate a process of change.
You will gain insight into your behavior, your pitfalls, your feelings and your body signals. You will learn to allow flow and creativity into your life. You will feel more comfortable in your body and more alive and present. Dance therapy gives the possibility to gain profound self-knowledge, to recognize physical sensations and feelings faster and to deal with the challenges of life in a more positive way.


What you can achieve with dance therapy:  

• Get more in touch with your body
• Be more comfortable in your body
• Allow flow and creativity in your life
• Be aware of sensations and feelings 
• Integrate experiences in a bodily felt way
• Receive tools to initiate changes
• See more possibilities and use them
• Learn to shape your life actively
• Be more courageous and outreaching


For whom?
If you:
• want to investigate in personal
development through movement & dance.         

• struggle with stress and burnout complaints.
• deal with physical and psychosomatic disorders.  
• experience imbalance in thinking, feeling and acting.
• have questions and blocks around intimacy and bodily experience.  
• are about to make big changes in your life.
• want to get in touch with creativity.
• want to explore your future wishes and dreams.
• want to exercise new patterns in life.                 


  • What I enjoyed in the sessions with Katharina was that she is so experienced that you will immediately notice that she knows what she talks about. She is versatile; there is room for the functional, the expressive and the psychosomatic aspect of movement – depending on the individual need. Katharina follows and listens well. Fortunately she does not the answers and stays interested and involved. During explorations she takes clearly the leadership and that feels safe, because it is uncharted territory. She is very professional and despite the fact that the theme that you are busy sometimes can be ' heavy ', the atmosphere relaxed.
    ~ Alice Elsenburg (Alice was a client of Katharina) ~
  • I know Katharina as a creative, engaged and very sensitive dance therapist. She has the ability to follow the client and at the same time explore new ways of being in a playful, non-confronting manner. Her empathy, patience and professionalism make clients really feel safe. Katharina is intelligent and has an open, creative approach to dance therapy with excellent movement and verbal skills.
    ~ Monique Leferink op Reinink
    (Psychotherapist, group psychotherapist and supervisor NVGP at GGZ Centraal | Monique worked directly with Katharina at dansentherapie (www.dansentherapie.nl)) ~
  • Katharina is a very creative dancer/choreographer and dance movement therapist, who when working with students knows how to zoom in on what is needed, creating an atmosphere of openness and trust, so subjects can be explored in depth. She is a good role model.
    ~ Nicki Wentholt  (coordinator/manager master in Dance Therapy at Codarts, University for the Arts) ~



What is coaching?

Coaching is a goal-oriented
form of therapy and focuses on personal development. 

In an atmosphere of respect and integrity you will learn to develop yourself on a personal and professional level.


What you can achieve with coaching:  
• Increase self-confidence
• Develop leadership competencies 
• Balance between work and private life 
• Define goals 
• Learn to make choices 
• Clarify and change behavior and thought patterns that hinder growth 
• Learn to balance between feeling, thinking and acting 
• Work on self-acceptance and preservation of authenticity 
• Discover personal qualities, talents and strength 
• Practice and apply newly acquired competencies and skills

For whom?
If you want to:
• develop and fully use your potential. 
• improve the quality of your life and/or your work. 
• work on challenges.
• hold a management position. 
• receive supervision as a therapy student.


  • Katharina’s coaching has been the most successful investment in my personal and professional development that I have ever made. She has successfully helped me in very different areas of my life from personal issues to work life challenges to how to develop an authentic dance style. She combines elements from different forms of dance therapy, energy work, counseling and coaching and she understands to seamlessly apply any intervention as needed in the moment.
    Katharina is very sensitive, respectful, competent and knowledgeable and provides the right feedback at the right time to ensure that progress is made. I can truly recommend her to anybody who is looking to reconnect with his or her true self in order to become more successful and happy in life. Beyond that, she is a dancer and choreographer in her own right and I can equally recommend her to any dancer who is looking to reconnect with the person that is dancing in order to develop a unique authentic and enlivened style. 
    ~ Petra Hegenbart (Relationship Manager & Knowledge Management Professional  |  Petra was Katharina's client) ~ 
  •  In the past years I've followed supervision therapy with Katharina.As a dance therapist she works, like myself, with dance and movement as a starting point. Through moving and talking the different layers around my assisting question became clearer and I could take important steps – in professional as well as personal development.I experienced Katharina as knowledgeable, empathetic, committed and energetic; as a therapist, coach and teacher who knows how to create space for personal and interpersonal issues by working with different themes. At the same time, she has an eye for the individual challenge, the parts within ourselves who want to unfold and develop. Also here she knows how to create space to discover and experience: to be able to create from our full potential. 
    ~ Lina Fuhrman (Lina is Katharina’s client) ~ 

Effective Movement Coaching for Performing Artists


What is Effective Movement Coaching?

When you are a performing artist, your body is your instrument;
regardless of whether you are a musician, an actor, a politician, a teacher, an athlete or a manager. The body – your instrument – is often not available in its complete potential. The body can feel fragmented and your communication/performance skills may not be working effectively. Our professional potential is inseparably linked to the kinetic choices we constantly make, consciously and unconsciously. Our intentions are patterned in our habits. Thus a restriction or maladjustment may arise. Effective Movement Coaching helps to gain insight into how one uses the body in professional activities. With Effective Movement Coaching you will get concrete and practical ways to change your patterns and improve your skills. As a result, you learn to use your full potential in your work, develop effective practice methods, and become more successful and happy in your profession.


What you can achieve with  
Effective Movement Coaching:
• Use your body as an instrument 
• Improve physical expressivity >
• Develop safe and supportive practice methods
• Improve communication skills 
• Develop awareness of interpersonal space
• Enjoy public speaking
• Use body language consciously
• Handle stress during auditions 
• Perform on spot with a well-grounded body
• Reduce physical injuries


For whom?

• Musicians
• Actors
• Dancers
• Executives 
• Athletes 
• Teachers 
• Anyone interested
in improving
communication skills 
through effective
movement choices 

  • The work on being aware of the six directions and being conscious of my centre and extremes helped me feel more present on stage, and let more out of me towards other performers and audience. I also noticed I was happier to play, and somehow more awake when I was in this state of awareness of space. Also, when I took the time to do it, I was less stressed and more comfortable with time.
    ~ Master student percussion ~
  • Last week I had a quite important concert and I really was nervous about it and my support of the voice did not work well enough, because I was also tired and tensed (I had an audition the day before!). Forty-five minutes before going on stage, I did 15-20 min of breathing and stretching (as we did it during the coaching). It really helped to loosen my muscles, especially in my shoulders, and to relax. The concert went brilliantly... I now try to take some time to do a few of these exercises. As I mentioned before, it really helps because my body awareness is rising to a higher level, which is very important for the singing!
    ~ Master student classical singing ~
  • Practicing feels more relaxed. My body posture during playing has improved. I am more aware of the position of my entire body in space. I found out that even when I am not thinking about my body posture, it is better than before. This improvement in body posture makes that I can play better, I can breathe easier and therefore I play way more relaxed and don't get tired as quickly as before. Due to the information I got during the sessions I am able to play longer without getting exhausted (sore lips) during both rehearsal and performance.
    ~ Bachelor student trumpet ~ 
  • I found more ease in playing my instrument, especially because of being aware of the better support I can get from my legs, and the position of the head. It gives me the sensation of better power control over the instrument.
    ~ Master student violin ~
  • I had this gig two weeks ago with a big band. During the concert I felt like I was doing great. I observed my way of playing. And I found out that I was standing very solidly on my feet, my back was totally straight, my breathing was very relaxed and therefore playing felt like a natural thing.
    ~ Master student trumpet ~

Katharina is a member of the Dutch Association for Dance Therapy (FVB/NVDT) and is certified by the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York (LIMS). She has her own practice in dance therapy, coaching and creative coaching in Amsterdam: Studio Seven. (www.studioseven.nu)


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