Our team consists of enthusiastic and experienced teachers, each with their own speciality and years of dance experience in different dance styles.
Adrienne’s guilty pleasure: at the tender age of 14, she was introduced to salsa by watching the movie Dirty Dancing, again and again and again. Some years later she was swept off her feet by the Brasilian drums, beating at the celebration of Koninginnedag.
But it didn’t click until much later, when at 22 she travelled to Latin America and was forever hooked on Salsa.
Repeated trips to dance companies in both Cuba and Brasil, combined with years of intensive dancing with Cuban show dancer Margarita Avila (Arnhem), as well as Afro Cuban dancer Rafael Castellano and salsa dancer Ernesto Betancourt (Amsterdam) deepened her passion, technique and knowledge of Cuban dance.
During her 15 years of teaching she developed an intensive teaching style of her very own by holding each student and correcting every detail of their posture and attitude.
‘Unlocking someone’s joints and freeing them of their inhibitions, their joy is released. That experience fills me with awe and gratitude every time. Let’s multiply happiness!’
Dancing has been an ever-present passion in Marina’s life. She has been dancing Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba for almost 3 years. Her first encounter with Latin dance classes occurred in Middelburg where she began taking classes in Salsa L.A. with Cuban influences and Bachata. Later she also discovered Kizomba on the social dance scene, and gained a lot of experience dancing at parties in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Upon arrival in Wageningen, Marina immediately sought out her dance-family and found LAfrique, where she honed her skills in Kizomba and broadened her base with Salsa Cubana. Marina is very happy to be assisting the Salsa L.A. classes this period!
Percy Jr started dancing from a young age: first with Hip Hop & Urban, as most teenagers do, and then by way of random encounter, ballroom. He loved Ballroom and gravitated naturally to the Latin dances, competing and giving classes for a while. However, feeling confined by the rules he made another switch and came into the Social Salsa, which he has been dancing for more than ten years now.
Having given classes for many different dance schools, his classes are both playful and technical. He has decided to join with LAfrique, because of their unique social flavour.
Céline has always loved dancing, ever since she was a little girl. At 4 years old she started with Jazz Ballet, and later switched to Streetdance and Hiphop. But she wanted to try a partner dance as well, do something completely different then what she was used to. So when she came to Wageningen Céline chose to do a Salsa course and immediately loved it! During her time in the Caribbean she got to know Bachata as well and her love for these dance styles and the music got even bigger. “It just makes me so happy!” She decided to learn more, be better. So when she came back to Wageningen she joined LAfrique and signed up for their Salsa Cubana lessons. “I really enjoyed it, fun lessons and great teachers, so I decided to stick around.” She has been dancing at LAfrique since September 2016, became a LAfrique crew member in 2017 and is now assisting Percy in the Salsa lessons!
Karim has been hooked on Salsa ever since his sister gave him a beginners course for his birthday about twelve years ago. He dived right into the Salsa and Bachata scene and never looked back. He joined the Fuerza show group for a while and started teaching at a local salsa school. From that moment he became a frequently asked teacher at several schools and (international) congresses.
After a break from teaching (but never from dancing) Karim starting teaching at Union (Utrecht) in the weekends together with Irene. And from January 2019 they are excited to become official members of the LAfrique teachers team as well.
When Karim teaches, you can’t help but smile. His warm and enthousiastic personality and passion for dancing is combined with focus on technique and skills. And with his sense of humour and care for his students he will make sure that you will come back for more.
Irene breathes dance.
She started out as a baby girl, holding on to the bars of the crib, head banging to her parents’ music and as soon as she could walk she was asking for dance lessons. So when, after years and years of whining, her mom finally took her to her first Jazz Ballet class at the age of 5, she was hooked. She went to class every single week for 10 glorious years.
After finishing High School she started taking Ballroom and Latin dance classes. Because of her enthusiasm, talent and radiant energy, her Ballroom instructor asked her to help him make Ballroom and Latin “Cool” again. He trained her personally on her dance technique, didactic skills and confidence and together they successfully completed their Teen-Inspiration-Mission.
During her stay in Canada in 2015 she got infected with the SBK-virus and has been spreading her love for Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba (amongst other styles) all over British Columbia. When she came back to the Netherlands she decided it was time to stop calling it a hobby. She aced the Salsaventura Teacher Training course and started up her own company called 2 Right Feet Dance Company. She’s been actively teaching Salsa and Bachata in Utrecht and the surrounding area ever since. With her warm personality and contagious enthusiasm she will have you hooked on any style of dance in no time!
Through Karim (one of her partners in crime) she found the warm and wonderful family that is LAfrique and she can’t wait to spread the virus she carries, because “Why walk, when you can DANCE?!”
Monique discovered salsa after winning a free dance course at LAfrique. She started the Salsa Latina course and has been hooked ever since. “When I dance I cannot get that smile off my face. It’s a game of leading and following that is interesting and fun.” Later, she also joined the Kizomba course. Now, she cannot decide which dance she loves more. What she likes about the courses at LAfrique is that they’re social, playful, and with enough personal attention.
From November 2016 Monique joined the LAfrique team as a volunteer. So you will find her behind the bar to get you something to drink and answer all your questions, or on the dance floor.
Sara started dancing Salsa Cubana nine years ago in Venezuela. When she returned to the Netherlands she continued dancing, taking courses in Roosendaal and Wageningen.
Sara started teaching Salsa to exchange students during her stay in Norway. Back in Wageningen Sara continued schooling herself in Salsa and Kizomba and joined LAfrique in early 2015. First as a volunteer and soon after as co-promoter. Her enthusiasm and organising skills complete Team LAfrique. As of March 2016 Sara teaches Kizomba and Salsa Cubana.
Sara’s warm and enthusiastic personality are contagious. She loves to share her passion for dancing with you. Sara focusses on creating a warm and welcoming environment for everyone to discover the dancer within and have fun doing that together.
Imke has been dancing ever since she was a little girl. Starting with folk, ballroom, Latin and even square and round dancing, she eventually stumbled across salsa.
This changed her life forever! Dancing became a vital part of her life and over the years she developed into an all-round dancer with her repertoire being LA Salsa, New York Salsa, Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Rumba and Son. In 2008 Imke started teaching in Arnhem, after which she has been a teacher in different schools in the Netherlands and abroad.
Around 6 years ago the African dances Kizomba, Semba and Tarraxinha reached the Netherlands and it did not take long for Imke to fall in love. Imke took part in numerous classes and boot camps and learned both how to lead and follow. In October 2013, Imke completed the teacher training with Afro Latin Connection in Porto.
In 2014 Imke took the chance to realise a big dream; together with Pentcho she started LAfrique Dance Company. Sharing her love for Kizomba and Salsa is her biggest passion.
Pentcho started his dance career in Ballroom. After many years of practice and competing at the national level he went on to study Biology in Wageningen.
Soon after he came into contact with Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. A new world of music and dance opened up. Pentcho broadened his horizon with Salsa Cubana, Afro-Cuban Rumba, Salsa-on2 and West Coast Swing. Finally Pentcho found Kizomba and immediately fell in love.
‘Kizomba has it all. A mental and physical connection with the music and your dance partner through a hug. It doesn’t get any better than that!’
As a teacher by nature he started to share his newly found passion in Arnhem, Deventer, Apeldoorn and Nijmegen. As of 2014 Imke and Pentcho started LAfrique Dance Company.