Team

Team LAfrique

LAfrique Dance CompanyOur team consists of enthusiastic and experienced teachers, each with their own speciality and years of dance experience in different dance styles.

 

 

Margot

Volunteer

Margot enjoyed dancing since she was five years old. However, when introduced to Salsa and Kizomba in 2019 at LAfrique, she discovered a true passion for it. ‘I started dancing Salsa and Kizomba in quite a rough time, but dancing always made me happy. No matter the day: the connection, playfulness, expression of sensuality, and freedom when dancing is pure joy!’

Since last September Margot is part of the LAfrique team, in which she hopes to add to a welcoming and happy place for new dancers, regardless of age, race, body, sexuality, gender or nationality.

Inge

Volunteer

Inge started with dancing Hiphop and Modern dance when she was young. Always getting happy and forgetting everything during a class. In September 2017 she was dragged along by a friend to try out Salsa Cubana at LAfrique. She was immediately convinced by the fun of dancing a Rueda! After some time, she dropped HipHop and Modern dance in order to join the Bachata classes as well. She became a LAfrique crew member in September 2019. Although she moved away from Wageningen, she is still eager to follow the great classes at LAfrique and help out when needed.

 

Chantal

Volunteer

Chantal always enjoyed ballroom dancing, but after moving from Bergen op Zoom to Veenendaal and later Ochten and Rhenen, she did not dance for 40 years. With a major life change at the end of 2019 she discovered salsa LA and was completely hooked. She quickly expanded it to Bachata, Salsa on2, Kizomba and a little bit of Salsa Cubana. She loves Salsa on2 and hopes to once be loose enough to full out dance Cuban style. Both styles are giving her so much energy and happiness that she always leaves with a big smile on her face.

She joined LAfrique for the great atmosphere and the best Cuban Salsa classes in the region. Now she helps LAfrique out in many ways, stepping in as a leader or follower whenever it’s needed and with her garage full of audio equipment and lights she makes our socials and parties the best!

Adrienne

Dance instructor

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. At the age of 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 dancers 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!'

Céline

Assistant instructor

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 joined LAfrique and participated in all the classes. "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!

Monique

Assistant instructor

Monique discovered salsa after winning a free dance course at LAfrique in September 2016. She started the Salsa 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 playful and fun." Later, she fell for the flow of Kizomba. Now, she cannot decide which dance she loves more.

Since September 2019 she's been teaching Salsa Cubana and Kizomba at LAfrique. "Let's spread the dancing virus!"

 

Sam

Sam - percussion instructor
Percussion instructor

Catching a break and adjusting your moves to the music is the holy grail for every dancer. You can accomplish this by understanding the structure of music. Percussion is the heart of a song. Understanding latin percussion will help you become a complete dancer.

Sam is a passionate and awesome percussionist in Wageningen. Sam loves to teach you all about the percussion instruments used in Salsa and Bachata. Make sure you catch his lessons!

 

Imke

Owner, dance instructor

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! 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.

When the African dances Kizomba, Semba and Tarraxinha reached the Netherlands, it did not take long for Imke to fall in love. 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

Pentcho Bodegom
Owner, dance instructor

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.