Isabelle Nelson is a Distinguished Graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and upon graduating commenced work with JAVA Dance Company. She toured both nationally and internationally; performing in Festivals throughout NZ and Australia. Working alongside the freelance dance community in works such as ‘WOW’ – Malia Johnston; with ‘BiPeds Productions’ as well as ‘JAVA,’ provided Isabelle with the opportunity to work with some of NZ’s most established choreographers and performers.
She originally came to Europe to attend Dance Festivals in Spain & Austria and then was able to stay on with a sponsor to continue dance training in The Netherlands. She spent 2014 working alongside ‘de KISS moves FUSION dance theatre’, (Netherlands) where they went on to perform in the Finals for ‘Hollands Got Talent,’ and received the vote for ‘Audience’s Favourite.’ Isabelle has collaborated and performed with various artists and companies throughout her years in Europe such as ‘Jelena Kostic,’ ‘Curtis & CO.’ ‘Dans Theatre AYA‘ and ZEP Productions (touring NL), ‘Tanzcompagnie Giessen,’ Dutch Nationale Opera (NL), ‘Isabelle Beernaert,‘ ‘DansMakers Open Podium,’ ‘New Dance Company’ touring to Skopje Festival, Macedonia, ‘ANT Physical Theater,’ and ‘House of Makers.’
Isabelle also creates diverse choreographic work and has performed with Dutch musician Jett Rebel, Café Belcampo and Vondelpark Openluchttheater (NL) and she has been invited to present her work at various dance festivals such as Tańca Zawirowania (PL), Florence Dance Festival (IT) and programmed for Tempo Dance Festival (NZ). As a guest artist in 2019 at Tanzcompagnie Giessen, she premiered ‘MANA ORITE’ at the Tanzart Ost-West festival and at Dansblok in The Netherlands. She also had the opportunity to choreograph and dance for the ‘Dutch Ministry of Defense’ (DMO) that performed in Hart Van Holland (2019).
Isabelle has taught at Henny Jurriëns Stichting, Fontys, Codarts, The International School (AICS) Amsterdam, Amsterdam Dance Centre, Chasse Dance Studios, Tanzzentrale Nurnberg, New Zealand School of Dance, Toi Poneke, LOD Dance Studios, Standouts Dance & Drama (NZ) as well as workshops on behalf of Danstheater AYA.
Thanks to the support of ‘SED & Cultuur Ondernemen’ 2018/19, ‘WerktuigPPO’, ‘Fonds Podiumkunsten’, ‘Amsterdam Fund for the Arts’ (2021) the ‘Kulturfactory International Art Residency’ and the ‘IHTS Aubenton Arts Residency’ she has had the ability to further develop her own choreographic work.
Special thanks to the ‘Dorothy Daniels Dance Scholarship,’ the Wellington Freemasons as well as Roy Savage who supported me to venture into the unknown. “It’s this idea of creating something that was worthwhile,”… Mr Savage