Bakchanten : a theatre project combining text and tap in the context of the play by the old Greek rebel Euripides, with young actors at the DOX theater in Utrecht, together with actor / director Daniel van Klaveren, who cracks me up with his physical humor all the time :-). We present our findings on 1 & 2 July in DOX in Utrecht.


Barok Disco : A long standing dream: Together with amazing musicians Mike Fentross (theorbe) and Henry Vega (electronics) we are finally creating the pilot show of the Baroque Disco for the Oranjewoud festival on 4th June.

Verre Verhalen (Stories from Far Away) : We are planning a new story telling project with fantastic classical pianist Celia García García and soprano singer Brigitte van Hagen. In this project we ask the audience to share stories with us, which we will provide a soundtrack on the spot! Check us out at 2 an 3 July at Festival van der Aa

Moments of Movement : To top it of, I went on a three day crash visit to Istabul to do another pilot at the beautiful Pera Museum... the next step with film director Eva Stotz: our new performance with live film, music and dance called Moments of Movement, which was generously supported by the Goethe Institute. Our amazing musicians were Korhan Futaci (sax), Sarp Maden (guitar) and Ediz Hafizoglu (drums).

Filmstill from the multiple award winning film One Million Steps, that I made with Eva Stotz in 2013 during Gezi Park in Istanbul.

Podium aan Zee : I am also happy to be invited to do the beginning, end and all the in between moments for the televised concert of the Residentie Orkest. Festival Classique is a wonderful festival with classical music in innovative ways, and this concert is an eye catching combination of dance and orchestral music. The national broadcast will be on sat 11 June @ NPO 2, or see it live at Festival Classique

Click on the picture to see the whole broadcast!

There were also some nice improvised concerts this month.. with baroque instruments with UGLY PUG in Splendor, improvising with a randomly curated band @ Oorspong Series (one of the longest running improvised music concert series in Amsterdam), and more improvising with singer Sanem Kalfa and guitarist Sarp Maden @ De Ruimte.

Some concerts for the coming period are:
4 June - Barok Disco, with Mike Fentross (theorba) and Henry Vega (electronics) @ Oranjewoud festival in Heereveen
12 June - VANG, a concert on a roof, with tap dancer Janne Eraker and bass player Bruno Ferro da Silva @ the Rotterdamse Dakendagen
21 June - Screening of One Million Steps at Dansmakers Amsterdam, together with two other dance performances
1 & 2 July - presentation Bakchanten @ DOX in Utrecht
2 & 3 July - Verre Verhalen (Stories from afar) with pianist Celia García García and soprano singer Brigitte van Hagen @ Festival van der Aa


Tap on the river
Tapping on the River PO at the Turin Jazz Festival (IT)

I will be playing three concerts and the workshop Walking Music

22 April - Jazz on the River, solo concert tap dance
23 April - Walking Songs with Alessandra Patrucco, Francesco Busso and Angelo Conti
24 April - workshop Walking Songs in Klang
25 April - One Million Steps viewing and concert with percussionist Michele Rabbia

More information and times here


ISTA XV (International School for Theater Anthropology) with Eugenio Barba, Odin Teatret and Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo.
A very intense and inspiring 10 days with masters of codified dance (Kamigata-mai, Kathakali, Balinese dance, Orissi, flamenco, Odin training techniques) participants from all over the world.


Super proud and happy to present two premieres at the Cinedans Dance On Screen Festival in EYE Amsterdam on

Saturday 19th March @ EYE Amsterdam

14:30 - One Million Steps - Dutch premiere
an award winning dance doc in the Gezi park protests in Istanbul, with director Eva Stotz

16:00 - Dancin' the Camera - World premiere
An old camera introduces a tap dancer to the magical world of film.
Point Taken Film with director Pieter-Rim de Kroon, partially filmed with a 1922 hand cranked camera. Before the screening I will play a short concert with composer /pianist / film star Christian Pabst.

Afterwards we would love to share a drink with you in the foyer!
Reserve your tickets here
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APRIL 1 & 2 STEPS ACROSS (music and film)
Together with EVA STOTZ, director and co-conspirator of the One Million Steps project, we will start shaping a next step in the project: STEPS ACROSS. Refugees and locals visualise an important step they made in short films, which will come together in a grand performance with music and tap dance. STAY TUNED for the exact place.


I will be performing several different concerts 22 - 25 April. Check out the full program here



Theater is the new thing.. I'm super excited to create a piece together with director / actor Daniel van Klaveren, with young performers from youth theatergroup DOX. And not just any piece.. we are tackling BACCHANTEN, an ancient Greek tragedy which, as always, has still many resonances in our present day world..
The piece will be driven by the rhythm of the feet, merging text and movement to tell a story of exclusion and self-destruction in the context of the idea of suïcide terrorism.

Yes, again a crazy new project.. this time it revolves around the similiarities between early baroque music and (techno) dance music... Come and dance with us at the Oranjewoud festival on a hot saturday evening!



maandag avond

Beginners 18:45 - 20:00
Intermediate/advanced/impro 20:00 - 21:30
Tap schoenen zijn nog niet nodig, maar wel leuker! Gladde harde zolen (dus geen gymschoenen of ballet schoenen!)

Kosten: €12 / €15per les
Laat mij even weten of je komt per mail of telefoon nummer (zie onderaan de website)


Starting 2016 with a bang:
Three times the famous Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra by Morton Gould with the Brandenburger Stats Orkest.

1 Jan 2016 - 17.00 Uhr - Nikolaisaal, Potsdam

2 Jan 2016 - 19:30 - Konzerthalle Frankfurt (Oder)

3 Jan 2016 - 16:00 - Bürgerhaus Neuenhagen


New demo video Purple Gazelle


Artist Erna Kuik made these beautiful cards "I feel like dancing today". You can order them through her website.
erna postcards

The One Million Steps world tour continues..
After screenings at film festivals in Brazil, USA, Korea, Norway, Italy and many more, we are very excited and proud to be invited to accompagny the film to the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Amman, Jordan. The screening is on 7th of December, and will be followed by a special concert in which i will meet a Jordanese musician on the stage for a spontaneous meeting of musical minds.

POINT TAKEN: Dancin' the Camera
I am very honored and excited to be part of the last Point Taken dance film project. Together with film maker Pieter-Rim de Kroon and producer Annemiek van der Hell from Windmill Film we created a short tap dance film in which the tap dancer gets close and dirty with the Parvo Debrie, a hand cranked film camera from the 1920's. Shoot will be in June 2015, and partially shot with the grand old camera itself in a wild and fantastical ode to the golden relationship between tap dance and film.


ONE MILLION STEPS, a tap dance adventure in the uprising of Istanbul
My dear friend director Eva Stotz has done the incredible: our film is finished! What a wild ride this was.. From our first visit to Istanbul in december 2012 to the crowdfunding campaign, then our first shooting in April 2013 and the spontaneous return in the middle of the Gezi Park protests in June 2013.
And then followed the arduous work of "finding" the film in all this matieral and meticulous post producion on minimal funds... Now we are impatiently awaiting the premiere, and will keep you posted on screenings! More info on this amazing project that has changed my life forever on the website www.onemillionsteps-project.com

This is my jazz project, tap with piano, bass and drums. We play original tunes mixed with improvisations and old classics, mostly by Duke Ellington. With Christian Pabst - piano, Guillaume Ortet - bass and Erik Kooger - drums.

Two masters of rhythm meet on the cross roads of life and music

Passi is a theatrical interactive concert by Sicilian musician and singer Vincenzo Castellana and Dutch tap dancer Marije Nie. Vincenzo is a world traveller deeply rooted in Sicilian tradition, Marije is a product of two cultures (Holland and Indonesia) playing an instrument of a third (America). Both follow their personal path through life and music, finding their voice as they go. They challenge themselves and each other with rhythms and questions. The answers lie inside a rich tapestry of beats, tap dance, songs, life stories and improvisations, which create a meeting place in rhythm full of curiosity and playfulness, and where the audience is invited inside wholeheartedly. 


take a sneak peak at the rehearsal:


Previous Concerts:

10 April - EYE | EAR | HAND | SHOE in Saxon Holme (near Nijmegen), with violin player Nina Reddig and harpist Miriam Overlach. Violin, harp and taps play Händel, Bach, Bartok and more

11 April 17:00 uur- Opening tentoonstelling 'De Stad/Urbane Beelden' in KuuB, Ruimte voor Kunst en Cultuur te Utrecht

19 April, afternoon - Taps 'n Traps, a percussive duet with drummer Erik Kooger in schoenenwinkel Passo, Kijken Kijken Kopen festival in Alkmaar

8 May - Cultural diner "Long Live the City" in Galerie Kuub in Utrecht, with art, dance, talks and amazing food.

9 May, - Classic Taps, a classical concert amongst the tulips. Mozart, Bach, Gershwin and more, with Spanish pianist Celia Garçia Gaçia in the Keukenhof

17 May - Marije Nie's Purple Gazelle in Splendor (private)

18 May, 10:00 - Opening of PIN-C, a conference on Innovation at the Hague University

22 May - Concerto for Tap dancer and Orchestra by Morton Gould, with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Belgrade, Serbia.

28 May - Passi, two masters of Rhythm meet on the crossroads of music and life. Our new interactive concert combining stories, mini-workshops and music. With Vincenzo Castellana. Director: Petra van Aken. Theater in de Kamer, Eindhoven.

29 May, 20:15 - Spherical Reflections, jazz meets indian music in piano and tabla concert by Daniel Wong (Mexico) and Heiko Dijker. With special guests Lenneke van Staalen (indian violin) and Marije Nie (tap). In Splendor, Amsterdam.

31 May, afternoon - Short duo concerts in the festival hart with harpist Miriam Overlach at the fantastic Oranjewoud Festival of adventurous classical music concerts. Handel, Caplet and Bach.


March: Theater tour 'Dansen op een Glazen Plafond'
a literary concert with Corrie van Binsbergen, Fréderique Spigt,
Sanne Wallis de Vries and many more wonderful women.
For more info and exact dates see www.dansenopeenglazenplafond.nl

picture by Erna Kuik

zondag 15 feb - De Verlichting in theater LUX, Nijmegen
samengesteld door Corrie van Binsbergen
kunstenares Monique Besten, harpiste Miriam Overlach, zangeres Kristina Fuchs en tapdanseres Marije Nie

purpe gazelle

4 January - Splendor Parade, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

16th January - Passi/e, Mezrab, Amsterdam

18th January - Marije Nie's Purple Gazelle, Splendor Amsterdam

26th January - Premiére Dansen Op een Glazen Plafond, Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam




Lessen zijn op woensdag avond in de PickUp Club @ NDSM werf

Tijden Augustus 2014:
beginners & intermediates - 19:00 - 20:15
gevorderden / improvisatie - 20:15 - 22:00

Tijden vanaf September 2014:
beginners - 18:00 - 19:00
intermediates - 19:00 - 20:15
gevorderden / improvisatie - 20:15 - 22:00

Coming up.. The first Amsterdam Tap Festival, with many great teachers, like Andrew Nemr (US), Jason Janas (US) and Peter Kuit (NL). I will lead a workshop for tap dancers, every night at 21:00!
Curious to try or already enjoying the thrill and freedom of improvisation? :-)
Please contact me if you have questions about the improv workshop
ps Saturday is TAP JAM with live music

workshop tap atf

Marije Nie's Purple Gazelle!

coming soon...

purple gazelle

Marije Nie's Purple Gazelle is a band built around the power and energy of tap dance. Virtuosic feet, stomping rhythms, open ballads and free improvisations bring out intense interactions between the musicians and the tap dancer. The tap is integral to the music, and together they hunt for sounds, grooves and songs that fit and challenge both the dancer and the musicians. A concert of Purple Gazelle is a journey into jazz sounds and rhythms, into movement that becomes music.

With classic songs by Duke Ellington as a starting point and the avant garde jazz as beacon, Purple Gazelle looks for adventure. With one leg in the (glorious) past and one leg in the future, tap dancer Marije Nie and her musicians create new paths in the rich tradition of tap dance and jazz.

Marije Nie: tap dance
Christian Pabst: piano
Guillaume Ortet: bas
Erik Kooger: drums


Köçekçe (de man die danst)
Met Köçekçe stapt tapdanser Marije Nie de rijke muzikale wereld van Turkije in, waar de traditionele ritmes zowel dansbaar als poëtisch zijn. Zij spelen muziek uit de Ottomaanse hof cultuur, de sufi traditie en volksmuziek uit verschillende delen van Turkije, improvisaties en klankgedichten.
Köçekçe bestaat uit Oguz Buyukberber (klarinet), Mehmet Polat (ud), Raphaël Vanoli (gitaar) en Marije Nie (tap).


One Million Steps Continues..

Is there a link between the story of a lost tap dancer in the streets of istanbul - and the explosive reality in Istanbul now? Thousands of people on the streets, demanding a new direction and another way?

We saw an incredible new chapter to the story...
This is why One Million Steps core Team Eva Stotz and Marije Nie went back to Istanbul again in June and continued filming for "One Million Steps"!

TEDxDelft : the poetry in the pause
It was a great experience to tell about the creative power of the pause, tap dancing and the film One Million Steps, a tap dancing adventure for TEDxDelft. Watch it here


Weekly Tap DANCE Classes @ NDSM Amsterdam

A new season of tap dance classes with tap dancer Marije Nie is starting soon in the NDSM werf. In a relaxed and artistic atmosphere improve your technique, learn how to make rhythms together and finally, improvise!

18:00 - 19:15 beginners - starting the adventure!
19:00 - 20:30 intermediate - technique - choreography
20:15 - 21:45 advanced - improvisation strengthening technique (build up of speed, precision and sound), practise musical skills (develop rhythmic ideas, buildup of solos, structure, communication)
more info here

One Million Steps a tap dancing adventure
ONE MILLION STEPS is not only a film about the infectious dynamic of tap dance, but also a poetic reflection about the millions of steps we take in our life. How do we do them and where do they bring us?

Check out our website and the preview!

Travelogue is a tap dance concert interacting with a special edit of global images by One Million Steps director Eva Stotz. It was an amazing night.. Here the band in happy shadow mode, preparing for a show.
shadow band
Taps And Traps
Exciting project with the amazing drummer Erik Kooger. High energy duets filled with groove, soundscapes and highly interactive improvisations. It's feet vs hands in this rhythmic challenge between tapshoes and drumsticks.