Annika Lisa Verplancke

Interview Highlights

Q: You mentioned that you had a meeting about possibly starting on Monday, does that mean you'll be doing a zoom rehearsal or actually physically being together again?

This is about coming back to the studio and also why I decided to come back, about two days ago, because I wasn't sure if I was going to have to be quarantined even though I was just in Belgium and all I did was really drive up here.  I wasn't sure about that, and I knew we were going to start soon because the measures have kind of now become more loose in the Netherlands. So, the company created all these protocols for if we would be able to go back to the studios and take ballet class in groups of approximately 10 people. This would allow for people to have four meters in between each other, and a minimum of two meters. And we would take ballet class in four groups, different time slots, different teachers. I would have all these protocols of our route to go into the theater, we know our theater quite well. So it's not that hard for us to have our own route and go into the different dressing rooms and go out and exit. But the big issue has been for the company to get the government to approve of these protocols, and we're not quite sure if the government actually has to approve our protocols. There's been a lot of confusion and we've been waiting for quite some weeks...
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Place of Birth Brussels, Belgium Nationality Belgian-American Education Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower [2016-2017] The Juilliard School, New York City [2018-2019] Professional experience Guest dancer with Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett, Germany [2018] Choreographer for The Dutch National Ballet Junior Company’s Choreographic Academy [2019] NDT 2 since August 2019 Nominations and Awards Choreography Connection Award 2019 by Regional Dance America