Trial lesson

Trial lesson






Stichting Stapel provides partner acrobatics. In contrast with aerial acrobatics, the moves are built up from the ground: human structures in balance. It’s not just the end position that counts – getting up and down is just as exciting.

It’s amazing to watch but even more fun to do yourself. The possibilities are almost endless; think about all body parts you can use to balance on each another – hands, feet, shoulders, knees, head!

Acrobatics stands or falls by co-operation. There are basic shapes which require all the principles of acrobatics. Balancing, climbing, jumping, throwing, catching – exploring together how to utilise the position and momentum of each other in order to minimise the amount of strength needed. Trust and safety are always at the forefront.

You work with contrasts: tensing – relaxing, travelling – breaking, moving – standing still. You develop body control whereby co-ordination, concentration and understanding are of great importance.
You develop a technique to carry lighter, fly higher and land with greater control.

In the acrobatics lessons we work on your sense of balance, (directed) strength and body consciousness. You develop these as you go along, so you don’t need to be especially strong, agile or trained to begin doing acrobatics.

Lessons are given by two instructors – one for the “under” and one for the “upper” position: the base and the flyer.

About stichting Stapel

In 1991 Stichting Stapel (Stapel Foundation) was set up by two ambitious acrobats who wished to give lessons and play.
Stapel wants to stimulate partner acrobatics in all its forms.

Acrobatics lessons form the dynamic core of Stapel.
Participants from the age of 16 can grow from absolute beginner to highly experienced acrobat.
Every spring we put on a festive presentation evening so all participants can show their acrobatic skills.

Stapel has produced the acrobatics shows “Licht & Romig” (Light & Creamy) and “De Sterren van de Hemel” (Stars of Heaven).
The children’s shows “Schik met Schrik” (Fun with Fear) en “Rare Haren” (Crazy Hair) have played for years across the whole country.

Stapel offers advice and coaching for acrobatics shows.
On request, Stapel can set up acrobatic projects for (high) schools and training courses, various companies and organisations, for festivals and parties.

The foundation has cooperated in the development of a curriculum for acrobatics education and acrobatic teaching methods. The foundation also contributes to the Dutch umbrella organisation for acrobatics, Stichting NAF (NAF foundation).

Stapel is the source of information and advice for partner acrobatics in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas.

Course presentations

Acro balance is not only fun to do, but also exiting to watch. In the spring course we use a few lessons to make little acrobatics shows.
These shows are presented to the audience (friends, family, …).
The course presentation of 2018 will be on Friday 1 June at 19.30 at the Cygnusgymnasium, Vrolikstraat 8, Amsterdam.

Video impression presentation evening 2016


Media presentation evening 2017

At the presentation evening, Esther Hertog made pictures and video recordings.
You can see the pictures below, the video recordings are available on dvd, and temporarily on YouTube and downloadable as mp4-file.


dvd 2017The dvd can be played on a dvd player or computer.
The dvd contains video recordings of all acts, as well as the below photos in high resolution.
The price per dvd is only € 5.

To order the dvd, send an email to
Dvd’s of previous years (2008 – 2016) are also available.


If you download a video, we kindly ask you to pay a small contribution on IBAN-number NL98 INGB 0005 7872 16 of A.J.E. Kessels, please mention “Stapel-video 2017”.

00 tieners De Circusfabriek
01 Robin, Tugina
02 Nir, Marijke, Isabelle
03 Schelte, Sanneke, Ruud, Hedy
04 Oscar, Suus, Paul
05 Nienke, Annelies, Dieuwke, André
06 Herman, Marleen, Mirke
07 Emma, Arja, Marieke, Chris, Axel, Sonia, Dieuwke
08 Elsje, Sofie, Merel
09 Niels, Anke, Elva, Wim
10 Lobke, Johannes, Torsten
11 Dirk, Sylvain, Froukje, Janet
12 Sander, Clair, Hans
13 Roos, Lokke


Robin, Tugina

Nir, Marijke, Isabelle

Schelte, Sanneke, Ruud, Hedy

Oscar, Suus, Paul

Nienke, Annelies, Dieuwke, André

Herman, Marleen, Mirke

Emma, Arja, Marieke, Chris, Axel, Sonia, Dieuwke

Elsje, Sofie, Merel

Niels, Anke, Elva, Wim

Lobke, Johannes, Torsten

Dirk, Sylvain, Froukje, Janet

Sander, Clair, Hans

Roos, Lokke


Courses Acrobalance

on the basis of building, balance and momentum


Det Rijven & Cahit Metin (Monday lessons)
Det Rijven/Angela Dirven & guest teacher (Tuesday lessons)

The advanced lessons on the Tuesday evening are thematic, and are given in blocks of 5 lessons, each block with a different guest teacher.

During the spring course a course presentation is given in which the participants showcase their acrobatic achievements to the public, all wrapped up in a theatrical theme.

Trial Lesson

Anyone who is curious about or interested in doing acrobatics at Stapel can come for a trial lesson.
The best opportunity is the first lesson at the beginning of a new course (Mon 8 / Tue 9 January 2018). This trial lesson is free and if you like you can immediately continue with the full course.
You can also come for a test run on another night. But then you will have to pay for that lesson: € 15,- / € 17,- (very advanced group).

After the trial lesson you can of course decide straight away if you want to join, or you can think about it for a couple of days. But by the next lesson Stapel would like to know your decision.
If you decide to join the course, the payment for your trial lesson will be deducted from the course fee.

Are you interested? Call or e-mail Det: 020 624 11 40 or, or fill out this form:

Course Schedule

19.15 – 20.45 basic group
21.00 – 22.30 intermediate

19.00 – 20.30 advanced
20.45 – 22.30 very advanced


start: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 january 2018
span: 21 weeks
last lessons: 18 and 19 June 2018
presentation: Friday 1 June 2018
no lessons: 26 and 27 Feb
2 and 3 April
23 and 24 April
21 May


Circuswerkplaats Boost, Marcusstraat 48, 1091 TK Amsterdam

BOOST is within walking distance of Amsterdam Amstel train station and Wibautstraat metro station.


Fall course 14 lessons (11/12 September – 18/19 December 2017)
€ 160 *
€ 160 *
€ 160 *
very advanced
€ 180 *

Spring course 21 lessons (8/9 January – 18/19 June 2018)
€ 235 *
€ 235 *
€ 235 *
very advanced
€ 280 *

  • free trial lesson on January 8/9, 2018
  • no classes in school holidays

* a little extra
The fees for the Stapel acrobatics courses don’t fully cover all the costs and from this year on we don’t get any subsidy anymore. Thanks to your gifts in recent years and the donations from many others we are optimistic about Stapel’s future. As a result we didn’t have to raise the price of the courses this year. But we do still partly depend on gifts. So those of you who can afford it are welcome to pay more than the minimum amount. In that way, you help to keep the Stapel courses accessible to everyone whilst maintaining the high standards in teaching. For this, Stapel is of course most grateful!!


Participants enroll for a course. Besides trial lessons, it is not possible to join separate classes.

New arrivals may take a trial lesson. In the first week of a course this lesson is for free. After this, a trial lesson costs € 15,- ; for the very advanced group: € 17,-.
Within a week of the trial lesson, you decide whether or not you want to be registered for the course.

The participant must pay the course fee in the week in which (s)he starts the course.
If you have good reasons for wishing to pay the course in instalments, you can always discuss this with the course leader.

If you want to attend two course levels at the same time, you will get a 40% reduction on the second course.

If a participant stops attending the course, for whatever reason, he / she is not entitled to a refund. This also applies to sickness or injuries.

If you miss a lesson, you can make it up by taking an extra lesson in a lower level. This is allowed during the period of the course or in the following course period, on the condition you are still registered with Stapel.

Participation in the courses is fully at your own risk.

Special workshops

Besides the regular Monday and Tuesday acrobatics lessons, Det also gives special workshops with some of the regular guest teachers.
These are workshops for companies and organisations where acrobatics is used to work with colleagues in a new and exciting way.
And workshops and lessons on Dutch and foreign acrobatics festivals, varying from single lessons to daily training in a week program.

Workshops Acrobalance

by Duo Die / Det & Jim & Marco

Friday 11 (evening) – Sunday 13 May 2018 – Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Subscribe before April 29th!

– Improve your advanced technique by adjusting the details (H2H, lifts and unusual transitions)

– F2H: base supine and standing, movement and preps for dynamic work
– H2H: supine, standing, dynamic conditioning drills, extended prep work
– Dynamic transitions: connecting skills, dynamic entries to H2H and F2H
– Icarian: dynamic preparations for endurance. Connecting skills and changing directions along with a focus on spacial awareness for both base and flyer
practice tricks you like to get feedback on from DUO DIE and/or DET & JIM+MARCO. Improve straight away!

More info:


Teachers Training Partner-Acrobatics

by Det Rijven & Jim Klinkhamer

In 2014 and 2016/2017, Det & Jim taught a series of training sessions for (future) acrobatics instructors. The trainings are in six sessions, spread across three weekends, and include skills such as advanced technical knowledge, analysis of difficulties with the techniques, structuring lessons and explaining tricks.

The sessions are adjusted to the personal level of experience.

If you would like to receive information when a new series of these trainings will be organized, please let us know via this e-mail-link.

Workshop dates

Workshops 2018
– Februari: Akrobatiktreffen Kiel (D) > Det & Jim
– April: North Africa Camp-Out Marrakesh (M) > Det & Jim
– April: Akrobatikfestival Frankfurt 2018 (D) > Det & Jim
– May: workshop with Duo Die Amsterdam (NL) > Det & Jim
– May: Nederlands Acrobatiekfestival (NL) > Det, Jim, Marco, Cahit
– July: Sun, Sea & Waterfall Acro Festival (HR) > Det & Jim
– Aug: Third Austrian Acrobatics Convention (AT) > Det & Jim


Workshops 2017
– February: Akrobatiktreffen Kiel (D) > Det & Jim
– May: workshop with Due Die Amsterdam (NL) > Det & Jim
– June: Nederlands Acrobatiekfestival (NL) > Det, Jim, Marco, Cahit
– July: French Acrobatics Convention, Eulalie/Bordeaux (F) > Det & Jim
– August: 2nd Austrian Acrobatics Convention (AT) > Det & Jim
– October: 8th Acro-Yoga Festival, Portland (VS) > Det & Jim
– November: workshop Basel (CH) > Det & Jim

Workshops 2016
– February: Akrobatiktreffen Kiel (D) > Det & Jim
– May: Nederlands Acrobatiekfestival (NL) > Det, Jim, Marco
– June: Israel Acro Convention 2016 (ISR) > Det & Jim
– July: French Acrobatics Convention, Eulalie/Bordeaux (F) > Det & Jim
– August: 1st Austrian Acrobatics Convention (Au) > Det & Jim
– September: Acrobatic Barcelona Convention, Barcelona (Es) > Det & Jim

Workshops 2015
– January: Winter Flight, Tel Aviv (Israel) > Det & Jim
– May: 29e Nederlands Acrbatiek Festival, Sittard (Netherlands) > Det, Jim, John, Marco
– June: Workshops Acrobalance London (UK) > Det & Jim
– July: French Acrobatics Convention Eulalie/Bordeaux (France) > Det & Jim
– September: Akrobatiktræf Kopenhagen (Denmark) > Det & Jim
– October: 6th Acro-Yoga Festival, Portland (USA) > Det & Jim
– October: Palo Alto (VS) > Det & Jim
– October: NYC, The Muse (VS) > Det & Jim
– December: Pré Wonen Velserbroek (NL) > Det & Marco
– December: Acrobatiekfestival Beek (NL) > Det & Jim

Workshops 2014
– March: Akrobatiktreffen Kiel (Germany) > Det & Jim
– April: Akrobatiekworkshops in Wenen (Austria) > Det & Jim
– April: PaasCroYoga, Veluwe (NL) > Det & Jim
– May: Frankfurter Akrobatikfestival 2014 (Germany) > Det & Jim
– June: Nederlands Acrobatiekfestival Hilversum (NL) > Det, Cahit, Jim, Marco
– July: French Acrobatics Convention, Eulalie/Bordeaux (France) > Det, Jim, Jos
– August: Akrotreff Räterschen (CH) > Det & Jim
– August: Krupa Acrobats convention (BIH) > Jim
– October: 5th Acro-Yoga Festival, Portland (USA) > Det & Jim
– October: Athletic Playground, Oakland SF (USA) > Det & Jim
– October: NYC Dutch Acro Festival, Brooklyn Zoo (USA) > Det & Jim

Workshops 2013
– February: Akrobatikfestival Kiel > Det & Jim
– May: Nederlands Acrobatiekfestival, Bemmel > Det, Cahit, Jim
– July: French Acrobatics Convention, Eulalie/Bordeaux > Det, Jim, Jos
– September: EAAC, Edinburgh > Det & Jim
– September: Akrobatiktræf Kopenhagen > Det & Jim
– October: 4th Acro-Yoga Festival, Portland (VS) > Det & Jim
– October: The Muse, Brooklyn, NYC
– November: Gemeente Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Driebergen > Det & Marco


Det Rijven is Stichting Stapel’s regular trainer. Together with Cahit Metin, she teaches the beginners and intermediate groups.
The advanced and very advanced groups are taught in blocks of 5 weeks, by Det or Angela Dirven, each block with a different guest trainer: Jim Klinkhamer, John Kessels, Jos Derks, Marco van Zanten, Marjolein Wagter, Peter van Valkenhoef, Tobias Bader and Wybren Wouda. all of whom have been active in acrobatics from between 15 to 30 years and have been trained in the school of ex-circus performers the Como Brothers and Osmani’s.









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… is co-founder of Stapel. Det has a background in modern dance and has played in childrens’ performances for many years. She has been teaching acrobatics to amateurs and at the Theaterschool Amsterdam since 1987; she performed with acrobatics groups ‘Aiuto’, ‘De Sterren van de Hemel’, ‘Licht & Romig’ and ’16 Feet’.


… started as a child with Circus Elleboog, where he still works. In 2009 he was co-founder of TENT circus theatre productions. He works there as performing artist and has many other roles.


… is one half of duo Oddlings and of Duo Marange. She performs in several shows. Also teaches acrobatics in Utrecht.,


… is architect and has many years of building and teaching experience in acrobatics. He performed in ‘De Sterren van de Hemel’ and is Det’s partner for workshops abroad.


… acted in several theatre and acrobatics groups and now performs with duo ‘Oddlings’. He also coaches circus theatre projects for children and adults.


… worked three years at Stapel as teacher and now is first substitute. He performed in the acrobatics groups ‘De Cascadeurs’, ‘De Sterren van de Hemel’, ‘Tony en Olga’ and duo Acrojos.


… is co-founder of and performer in ‘Circus Klomp’ and ‘Cycling Circus’ and the brain behind ‘Dutch Acrobats’. He develops and coaches short acrobatics courses and circus theatre projects. He has been trained for teaching at the Brussels circus school. and


… comes from the north, worked at youth cirucs Santelli and performed with ‘Sterke Jurken’. She is half of Duo Marange and founder of Compagnie with Balls. She is circus teacher at the youth circus for several years.,


… is one half of duo ‘IJs en Weder’, who currently have three different acrobatics shows. He took part in ’16 feet’ and ‘Trio Salires’ and has many years of experience in teaching acrobatics.


… is not only acrobat but also architect and musician. He performs in the music-acrobatics-juggling-trio Tres Loco’s. He concentrates on dynamic elements as used in Rock ‘n Roll and Lindy Hop, but is also fond of an old-fashioned steady handstand.


… has many years of experience in teaching acrobatics at youth circus Santelli and at the Dutch circus schools ACaPa in Tilburg and Codarts Rotterdam. Also trains in acro-gymnastics. Has performed in many groups.
The teachers of Stichting Stapel


Course locations:
Circuswerkplaats Boost
Marcusstraat 48
1091 TK Amsterdam

and (only Mondays 17.15 – 18.45)

Gymzaal Het Spectrum
James Wattstraat 10
Amsterdam Oost/Watergraafsmeer

Postal address:
Stichting Stapel
Verversstraat 16 B
1011 JA Amsterdam

+31 20 624 11 40

NL06 INGB 0000 663877

VAT 8033 22 501

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