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Last weekend, the auditions for the Summer Dance Forever x VandenEnde Foundation Scholarship took place in Amsterdam. The scholarship, organized for the second time, supports young hip-hop dance talent from the Netherlands with prize money and a coach, enabling them to take the next step towards a professional dance career. The candidates followed workshops during the audition weekend from Nedda Sou, Wesley Rommy, Denden Karadeniz and Niecey Almario. They also receive assignments and a personal interview about their plans and motivation. Out of the 20 dancers invited to the selection weekend, the judges Ton Steenvoorden, Nedda Sou and Jopie de Groot chose three winners. They will be coached year-round by Alida Dors, Aruna Vermeulen and Ton Steenvoorden.

We present to you our Summer Dance Forever x VandenEnde Foundation Scholarship 2023 winners:

Lara Valentic

Karel López

Loek Hoeben

From left to right: Karel López, Lara Valentic en Loek Hoeben

“I want to specialize more in hiphop and popping, express my most authentic self in high quality freestyle dancing, take this knowledge into the theatre world and reach new heights.” – Lara Valentic (27 jaar, Amsterdam)

“I hope to accomplish, or challenge myself, to turn an idea into something real, and to become a better dancer, gaining notority for my uniqueness” – Karel López (26 jaar, Rotterdam)

“I want to develop myself in dancing and work towards reaching a breakthrough as an international dancer” – Loek Hoeben (20 jaar, Valkenswaard)

These talented dancers have won a scholarship worth €5000,- and a coach who will help them reach their dreams and goals! Watch out for these dancers, they may be taking over…

VandenEnde Foundation

The VandenEnde Foundation (VDEF) is a private cultural fund established in 2001 by Joop and Janine van den Ende. The VDEF contributes to the quality of the cultural climate in the Netherlands so that Dutch young people grow up in a society in which art and culture are self-explanatory. The VandenEnde Foundation provides scholarships to young talents to stimulate their development. Since its establishment 820 young people with a scholarship from the VDEF have been able to study at courses in the Netherlands and abroad.

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