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Team around the artist: Benji Soerel

“It takes a village to raise a child”, as the saying goes. The same is true for the development of professional talent within the performing arts. Student Life, the student support programme of Codarts, advocates a ‘Team Around the Artist’ approach, meaning that the student is at the centre and is supported by a team of leading health practitioners, teachers, study coaches, embedded scientists and support staff. One of the team members is our physiotherapist, Benji Soerel. Get to know Benji a little bit better through this short interview! Interview: What is your role as physiotherapist at Codarts?  As a physiotherapist at Codarts I work in the building at Kruisplein. This means I mainly treat and advise music students and dance students. For what problems/questions can students contact you? Students can contact the physiotherapist when they have physical complaints/an injury, want to know more about their body or want advice on how to improve their performance. How can students make an appointment with you? Normally students book an appointment through the Student Teacher Information Point (STIP). A new online agenda tool is currently being developed and will be implemented in the near future. This online system gives students the possibility to directly book an appointment with the physiotherapist themselves, without needing to go to STIP first. Students and staff will soon be informed about this new agenda tool. How long have you worked at Codarts and what did you do before you started working as a physiotherapist? I started working as a physiotherapist at Codarts in May 2019, so more or less half a year now. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, I danced with the Birmingham Royal Ballet for six years. For my master research project Human Movement Sciences, we followed the first-year bachelor dance students at Codarts for a period of four weeks and measured their physical workload. With the results of this research we now know more about what …

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Recovery important for performance

After a physically demanding class, recovery is very important. If your body recovers well after class you will be better prepared for the next class. Students who can practice better during the lessons, will make more progress and will be able to perform better on stage.

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Margreet Honig to give master classes classical singing at Codarts

The teacher inside Marcel Reijans is jubilant. “The best education possible, that is what we wish to provide our students with. We – the four main subject teachers classical singing at Codarts – are therefore terribly pleased that Margreet Honig, the most prominent voice pedagogue in the Netherlands, will be giving a series of master classes here.”

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Student Life

Student Life Monitor Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary!

The Student Life Monitor (SLM) celebrates its fifth anniversary! The SLM is the online monitoring tool developed by Student Life in collaboration with the Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) professorship. This tool is actively used by 300 Codarts students to monitor and improve their own physical and mental wellbeing. The SLM consists of an extensive sports-medical and physiotherapy screening, half-yearly physical tests and monthly questionnaires. All first, second and third year students of Performing Dance, Dance Teacher, Circus Arts and Music Theatre participate in the monitor. In addition, a start was made last year on monitoring the first-year classical music students. Since the introduction of the SLM in 2014, the tool has continually been developed with the help of Codarts students and the Performing Arts Health Team. Several changes that have been made: the SLM has become part of the education at Codarts; from questionnaires on paper to online questionnaires; from completing the questionnaire in the students’ free time to filling in the questionnaire during regular classes; from a focus merely on physical health to a focus on both physical and mental health; from participating in the SLM without any feedback to getting (partly) personal feedback on the SLM website after every measurement. These changes have contributed to a huge increase in the number of students that complete the SLM on a regular basis. During the academic year 2014-2015 only 37% of the students completed the monthly questionnaire regularly. In 2018-2019 a whopping 92% participated in the SLM. A fantastic result. With the SLM, students at Codarts gain a better understanding of their physical and mental health and their own development. In addition, the SLM provides information that helps Codarts improve and optimise the education and student support programmes. Furthermore, the data from the SLM is used for scientific research, with which Codarts makes an important international …

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Knot on Hands wins BNG Bank Circus Award

The acrobatics trio Knot on Hands - Britt Timmermans, Tijs Bastiaens and Mario Kunzi, who graduated this summer - received the BNG Bank Circus Award 2019 on Sunday 20 October during Festival Circolo in Tilburg. It received the prize for their act 'Brace for Impact'.

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Meet our students: Dorėja

Meet our students! Doréja (20): “The people here at school are very important to me”

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Pompoenstoof

Perfect voor de herfst - Dit gerecht heeft alles in één. Natuurlijk is het in eerste instantie gezond. De groenten en kikkererwten zitten boordevol vezels, vitamines en mineralen. Daarnaast bevat het voldoende eiwitten zodat je spieren goed kunnen herstellen na een intensieve studiedag. Én deze stoofpot is klimaat-proof doordat het recept volledig plantaardig is en vol zit met seizoensgroenten. Win-win-win! Wat ook heel fijn is. Je kunt een flinke pan van dit gerecht klaarmaken en er meerdere keren van eten. De koolhydraatbron in het gerecht kun je zelf kiezen en afwisselen, bijvoorbeeld volkoren naanbrood/flatbread, volkoren tortilla’s, zilvervliesrijst of volkoren couscous. Overigens geldt voor wie wat aan wil komen of een lichamelijk zeer intensieve dag heeft gehad dat er ook gecombineerd kan worden met koolhydraten. Dus bijvoorbeeld naanbrood én rijst. Recept Bereiding: 45 minuten Porties: 4 Ingrediënten 1 (fles)pompoen 1 winterpeen 4 tomaten 100 gram verse spinazie 1 ui 2 teentjes knoflook 2 medium blikken kikkererwten (ca. 300-350 gram per stuk) 1 klein blikje tomatenpuree 1 groente bouillonblokje + 200ml water 3 tl ras el hanout kruiden 1 tl cayennepeper 1 tl komijn verse peterselie olie  Preparations Schil de flespompoen en winterpeen en snijd deze in blokjes. Schillen gaat makkelijk met een dunschiller of kaasschaaf. Snijd de tomaten in blokjes. Snijd de ui en knoflook fijn. Doe in een grote pan een klein beetje olie en fruit de ui een minuutje aan. Voeg vervolgens de knoflook en gedroogde kruiden toe en laat dit nog een minuutje meebakken. Voeg de winterpeen en tomaatjes toe en bak deze een minuutje mee. Voeg vervolgens ook de pompoen, tomatenpuree en bouillon toe. Laat de stoof een half uur op laag vuur garen (met de deksel op de pan; dat scheelt energie). De stoof mag een klein beetje vochtig blijven. Voeg zo nodig wat extra water toe. Giet de kikkererwten af en …

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Happy summer!

We are happy and proud when we look back on last school year. Time for a well-deserved summer holiday! Please note our opening hours. Enjoy the summer and we are looking forward to welcoming you all rested and energized next school year!

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Meet our students: Sam

Meet our students! Sam (21): "Every time I come in here, I really feel like going at it."

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