ARIJKE ELIASBERG, native of the Netherlands, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project (TNSP), has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for the past 13 years in New York City and the Netherlands. In 2001 Marijke founded the dance collective: The Next Stage Project (TNSP), which she co-directs with Jana Hicks. With TNSP, she travels around the world, teaching, creating and making exchange and performance projects possible.
Marijke holds a BFA in Physical Education with a specialization in Dance. She continued her Modern Dance studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts) and Dance Space Inc. in NYC. She has performed with numerous companies and choreographers including Jana Hicks, Pauline Levick, Guido Tuveri, SunHwa Chung, Max Stone, and Kevin Wynn.
Marijke currently is on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center, and the Joffrey Ballet School (Contemporary Program). Other teaching credits include: Dance New Amsterdam, Ballet Arts, Dance Forum, Florida State University in NYC, Dance New Jersey, and abroad: Theaterschool School of the Arts, New Dance Studios and Henny Jurriens Foundation (Amsterdam), Rotterdam Dance Academy/CODARTS (Rotterdam), Holland Dance Festival and Studio K'dans (The Hague), Fedes (Belgium), Danshogskolan (Sweden), Det Norske Dansecenter (Norway), Vannes (France), Step by Step (Germany) and Isha (India). Her choreography has been shown in the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, Japan, and India.