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!’
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.
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!
Michael came in contact with salsa dancing at an early age though never danced himself. Until 9 years ago when he started dancing and has been dancing ever since. When he went to a few social dance evenings he got addicted to this sensual dance especially when he saw that everyone was dancing with a big smile on their face.
After taking classes for two years Michael started going to salsa congresses all around Europe to learn more. At this time he also became part of a salsa show team for Fusion Latina and has danced several performances with them. Michael is and amazing LA style (salsa on 1) and New York style (salsa on 2) dancer and next to that loves to dance a Bachata or Merengue with you on the dance floor.
Michaels first experience with teaching was in Oss and he is really exited to be teaching with LAfrique as of September 2016.
Sharita immediately fell in love with the beauty of Salsa and was determined to learn this dance style. She first started with Salsa after which she found another Latin dance, called Bachata. This later became her favourite dance. Sharita participated in try outs at three dance schools before she found LAfrique. Out of all, LAfrique was the one that stood out. She enjoys the lessons because of the relaxing atmosphere and the skills of the dance instructors.
Because of her enthusiasm, Sharita was asked to become a LAfrique team member. Now Sharita is a familiar face at LAfrique. She will happily answer all your questions or just simply have a nice conversation with you.
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.
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 and is now officially a LAfrique crew member!
Alexandra started dancing salsa 10 years ago. At the time, it was something to do with friends. After a while she got addicted for life!
“Dancing helps me to let go, to focus on my body, to connect with people and to have pure joy. Although I started “late” with dancing it is never too late to try something new and develop yourself.”
Alexandra met Imke on the dance floor. “When I saw her dance for the first time, I thought: when I grow up I want to be like Imke! Nothing gives me more fun than being part of the LAfrique family.”
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.