Tamar Shaninian

Tamar followed the dance training for Modern Performing Dancer at the Fontys Academy in Tilburg (the Netherlands). She danced with various (international) intercultural dance companies. To broaden her view of the world, she then studied Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where she obtained a master’s degree in international public health. Research inspired her the most during her studies.

At Leyden Academy, Tamar brings together the worlds of dance and science. She does this by using dance as an arts-based research method. She uses dance as a means to analyse data or as a means to share knowledge, such as in citizen science ‘It takes a village to grow old’ and ‘A participatory case study on Marc Vlemmix Dance’. According to Tamar, knowing is not only in the head, but also in the body. The body contains a wealth of knowledge and through combining this with the mind, we get closer to ourselves and closer to others.