Teachers

On this page you can find all the teachers that teach at the 2019 Dansstage. Not all descriptions are available yet, but more information will follow as soon as possible. For more details about the workshops schedule, please check this page.

Level 1

Louise Marius & Maria Velema
After 10 years of teaching balfolk (workshops, weekly classes, for beginners up to very experienced dancers) last winter Louise decided it was time for other things. She retired from balfolk to start traveling, and who knows what to do after. But one of the things she realized while on the road is how much she loved sharing her experience in dance. So she’s back and as a proud founder of the Dansstage, very happy to come back to teach in Enschede again.
Instead of teaching level 2a, like she’s been doing for years, this year it will be partially level 1, and partially level 3/4. From total beginners to pretty advanced stuff. Whether you’re very advanced and wanting to learn complicated variations, or just starting with the dancing, according to Louise, the most important aspect of dance is the being together. So that’s what will be her overall focus.
In her workshops Louise will be assisted by Maria Velema.

Level 2a

Rian de Jong & Janniek Wester
Because Rian endlessly made her parents sit down and watch her dance at 4 years of age, she was made to do ballet classes. Her love for dancing never stopped. After trying a myriad of styles, she discovered balfolk in 2007 and has never looked back (with the occasional detour to tango and salsa). Pretty soon she was easily found at festivals and assisting Louise with her teaching. In 2012 and 2013 she carried her own classes in Eindhoven and in recent years has mostly specialised in doing advanced waltzing workshops. Waltzing is one of her favourite dances, because of the combination of the technical aspect, musicality and diversity in rhythms. She loves the aspect of flow in Waltz, a word which will return often during level 2a this year. She will be assisted by Janniek Wester.

Level 2b

Rafael Correa Prieto & Nele de Beck
Rafael and Nele met each other on the dance floor. They had an instant connection and have been roaming the dance world ever since. They dance for fun of course, but they also want to share their vision of dance with you, which is centered around concepts like feeling, musicality, body awareness and playing with your dance partner. They believe dancing should not be the rehearsal of reconditioned steps and moves, but they rather want to find the freedom to surf and the waves of the music while being in harmony with the other dancers.

Choice Modules

in alphabetical order

Anatole Lorné (FR)
Anatole Lorne started to dance after a PhD of geophysics. After an intense beginning through folk dances and a try with tango, he followed 2 years of full time professional training in contemporary dance at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers. Since then he lives out of dance through many forms. He works now with La Fabrique Fastidieuse, touring with the choreographic piece Vendredi. He gives trainings and Thai massages. As initiator of the ResiTrad project, he also gives workshops from time to time in the folk scene. Using tools from contemporary dance and other body techniques, one of his focus in this context is to raise body awareness.

Guillaume Viala – SousLePont (FR)

Jan-Herman Lamers (NL)
Jan-Herman is a professional masseur and passionate dancer. He has over 15 years of experience with massaging and has his own massaging company called Ganesha. He mostly uses Western massage techniques, occasionally adding some Eastern techniques to his repertoire. Jan-Herman has also been dancing for 50 years. As a child he started out with ballet, but later he focussed on social dances such as Balfolk, Blues and Argentinian tango. We are sure he will be able to create a symbiosis between the experience of dancing and massaging.

Koen Dhondt (BE)

Kurt Garrez (BE)
Kurt has been a passionate dancer since 2000, when he got acquainted with the organisation ‘Boombal’ during the folk festival Deerlycke in Belgium. Infected by the dance microbe he visited several balls a week and completely submerged himself into the world of folk. Dance courses in- and outside of his own country followed at rapid pace.

As co-founder of the folk balls in Kortrijk and former staff member of the website folkroddels.be, he spreads his passion for folk dance. He has been a teaching assistant during Boombal for a long time, and afterwards started spreading the feeling of balfolk in several Flemish cities as a dance instructor. Kurt specialises in couple dances (waltz, Scottish, etc.), Breton dances and Bourrée de Berry, with respect to the traditional values of these dances.

Louise Marius & Maria Velema (NL)
After 10 years of teaching balfolk (workshops, weekly classes, for beginners up to very experienced dancers) last winter Louise decided it was time for other things. She retired from balfolk to start traveling, and who knows what to do after. But one of the things she realized while on the road is how much she loved sharing her experience in dance. So she’s back and as a proud founder of the Dansstage, very happy to come back to teach in Enschede again.
Instead of teaching level 2a, like she’s been doing for years, this year it will be partially level 1, and partially level 3/4. From total beginners to pretty advanced stuff. Whether you’re very advanced and wanting to learn complicated variations, or just starting with the dancing, according to Louise, the most important aspect of dance is the being together. So that’s what will be her overall focus.
In her workshops Louise will be assisted by Maria Velema.

Mikuláš Bryan (CZ)
Mikuláš works hard on promoting balfolk on the Czech scene, while also teaching blues dancing and dance technique on a regular basis. He studied for a year in Brittany, dancing and performing with Cercle Celtique des Rennes. His other dancing background consists of tango, swing, salsa and balboa, with jazz and contemporary workshops here and there. Although he approaches every dance with a deep respect for its roots and traditions, he always aspires to broaden its horizons and create a bridge between tradition and modernity. The same approach he applies to music with his band ba.fnu, mixing electronics with traditional dance rythms, and in solo a project Mr. Folxlide – a melting pot of balfolk, blues, Americana and New France music. His teaching experience goes from small focused workshops at week long training camps to classes for several hundreds people on festivals as Gennetines or Boombal.

Niek van Uden (NL)
Niek van Uden has been a staple in the Dutch balfolk scene for many years. Known as a very versatile accordeon player, he plays in bands like Té, Dans l’Air or as a solo artist. He started his carreer on the accordeon in primary school, and continued this throughout his life, studying at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. Niek is a professional musician and teacher with his company Windwijs, and is not shy to step on the dance floor himself when he is not playing.

Sara Buffler & Emelie Waldken (FR/CH)
Both educated in ESI-Tobo and Malung in Sweden, Sara and Emelie have been nerding about Scandinavian dances for several years each. From the simple-but-not-so-simple slängpolska to the must-have polska and of course the crazy halling, the two musicians of Svall Harps are always on the go to teach Scandi dances, with lots of interesting metaphors and often philosophical parallels between the everyday world and the dancefloor. Emelie and Sara will both alternatively teach and play live music during their workshops.