Born in 1988 in Amsterdam, I got into contact with circus at a young age when I started attending Circus Elleboog, the local youth circus organisation. I started this at about the age of 8 and kept going there until I was about 21.

Picture by Ola Glimåker

After I graduated from high school I went on to study Japanese in Leiden for 2 years. In my second year of the studies, about half a year. When I came back from that trip, I quit the studies to focus 100% on circus. In 2010 I got accepted at Codarts.

One of our teachers at the time, Francisco Cruz, suggested me to try chinese pole. I liked it and it liked me. I have been Monki ever since. Now I work on pole and double pole.