Sanja Maier Hasagic. Internationally renowned modern dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Sanja Maier-Hasagic started performing at an early age in her native Sarajevo / Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since then, her work has taken her around the world – both on and off stage, and as a much sought-after dance teacher and competition juror. In 2005, she started working as a coordinator, teacher, rehearsal director and creative / study coach at the Bachelor in Dance department at her alma mater, the renowned Codarts Rotterdam University of the Arts, where she received the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award.
Her innate curiosity for all aspects of the arts has taken her to initiate and lead various multidisciplinary
projects and collaborations with composers, rock bands, visual artists, architects, photographers, film makers and fashion designers, as well as renowned orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands, like the Radio Chamber Phiharmonic Orchestra and the Doelen Ensemble. She helped to lay the ground work for the development of contemporary dance in Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the founders and artistic directors of Zvrk – International Dance Festival in Sarajevo. She now internationally teaches classes in improvisation, composition, contemporary techniques, creative coaching, and ballet, and has been invited by The Ailey School (New York City / USA),Eifman Dance Academy( Saint Petersburg/ Russia), Le Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower (Cannes / France) as Artistic coach at COMMA Co-creation of Movement Masters of Arts (Netherlands), A.E.D. (Livorno / Italy), RASL Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), the Hacettepe University Ballet Department (Ankara / Turkey), Axe ballet (Pistoia / Italy), Tanzelarija and the National Ballet school (Sarajevo), and the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow/Bytom (Poland), among others.
Sanja Maier Hasagic
Since graduating from the National Ballet school of Sarajevo, the Dance specialization at Centre de Danse
International Rosella Hightower (Cannes / France), and completing her two Majors in Dance and Choreography at Codarts, as a dancer she worked with companies and choreographers from Europe and America, like The National Ballet Sarajevo, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel (The Netherlands), Jeune Ballet International (France), Lieber Gorilla, Gato Bizar, Bodies Anonymous, Samuel Wuersten, Conny Janssen, Christina Binder, Sascha Engel, Cie Jasmina, Dick Hauser, and other freelance productions in The Netherlands and abroad. She was a principal dancer and dance captain for Charleroi Danses (Belgium) at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover / Germany, with more than 500 performances in six months. Her choreographic work has been performed regularly in the Netherlands and abroad, and has been granted residencies and guest performances on International Festivals.
Sanja Maier Hasagic has received scholarships from the DanceWeb ’99 (sponsored by Rudolf Nureyev), Rosella Hightower and the Corrie Hartong Fonds for her dance education, as well as from the Van Beek-Donner-Stichting for her choreography studies. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary mention by the NPS webd@ns competition for her collaboration in the interactive dance film Can Jar Last Jam In.
She also works regularly as a jury member at International Dance Competition Spoleto,TeramoDanza –
Concorso Internazionale Città di Teramo, and Concorso Novara in Danza in Italy. Between 2010 and 2013, Sanja Maier Hasagic also worked closely with Jiří Kylián as a coordinator of the Jiří Kylián research project “One Of A Kind”.
Sanja Maier Hasagic resides in Schiedam / The Netherlands.