Dance teachers

Ballroom

Aclo course/Sprint beginners: Varying teachers

Beginners A: Tim de Groot en Florélie Rogier

Beginners B: Margriet Vegter en Ruby Dijk

Advanced 1: Ylse Wierda en Matthijs Spaan

Advanced 2: Lisette Stam en Daniël Lourens

Advanced 3 and Competition training: Etiënne Hoogstraten and Anneke Poort

Technique lesson and Demoteam Training: Varying (external) teachers

Salsa

Beginners A: Lisette Stam and Chakir Bouziane

Beginners B: Klodia Saado and Loes Holleboom

Demoteam Training and Advanced: Marloes van der Ark


Ballroom

Internal teachers

Daniël Lourens

Hiya! My name is Daniël Lourens and, together with Lisette, I'll be teaching Advanced 2 this year. I study Applied Social Psychology, but I'd much rather waste my time dancing. Everything has to make way for it! I started ballroom dancing six years ago, and I've enjoyed every single step since. Personally, I think it's important the dance is clean. I like to have precise know-how of every single step. Mastering the details doesn't just make it look easier, it really becomes easier! Learning that, on the other hand, is often quite challenging. I love that challenge. Don't be afraid to ask tough questions in class either. As long as we're still having fun, of course! I also dance in our demoteam, and I'm the chair of the Music Committee. For fun, I like to play the guitar, play board games, and go out for drinks. You probably won't miss me during Blue Toes events either, because aside from dancing I enjoy the nature of this spirited association and even more spirited members. It made me feel welcomed and gave me the opportunity to develop as an enthusiastic ballroom dancer. This, obviously, I wish upon everyone, and so it is with great joy that I get to teach you in our class!


Djurre de Boer

Hi, I am Djurre de Boer and will admit I'm addicted to dancing. This year I teach the ACLO course. I have already danced for many years, I started in September of 2004. And I joined the Blue Toes in 2015. Through these years I've learned many different styles but always came back to Ballroom and Latin dancing. I do still regularly compete in competitions and I attend dance evenings. If you ever got questions, just ask them, I'm glad to help.


Lisette Stam

Hi everyone. My name is Lisette. I am dancing since 2016 at our lovely society. I started here as a salsa dancer, after the introduction in the ACLO course. I liked dancing so much that after half a year I’ve started ballroom as well. A few years later, I’m a teacher for both disciplines and actively dancing competitions with Chakir. Next to teaching, I’m in both demoteams as well. I’ve followed more than one class as a follower as well as a leader, which helps me a lot with teaching. You will also find me, if faith allows it, at every XTDS possible. I’ve organized this event twice now and it’s the perfect place to do millions of dances with as many different people as possible. Maybe also with you?


Matthijs Spaan

Hello, I'm Matthijs Spaan, 31 years old. I've been dancing for roughly 6 years (with a year break in between) and from the first couple of lessons I knew that this would be my new favourite hobby. This year I'm teaching Advanced 1 on Wednesday and you can regularly see me jump and dance through the hall. During my lessons I tend to have a focus on letting people enjoy themselves in dance and I like to keep it light. Technique is important of course, but that will come as long as you're enjoying yourself!


Ylse Wierda


Florélie Rogier


External Teachers

Anneke Poort

I have danced with Etienne since 2009. I have latin experience with previous dance partners, but with Etienne I have focused on the Standard dances. We started at the dance federation NADB and in 2011 we were promoted to the ‘Hoofdklasse”, highest class of the NADB. In 2012 we also started dancing at the WDC (Dutch AL). Here we danced in the highest class “Masterclass” and always ended up at the top 3. In January 2018 we have switched to the Professionals. Since 2017 we have been teaching Advanced 3 and Far-Advanced. Super enthusiastic dancers and eager to learn. With a combination of choreo and technique we want and hope to improve our group. My dance slogan is “Just do it”. Sounds easy, but sometimes it's pretty difficult. My favorite dance is the Tango. Compact and tight movement with also moments of “breathing” I find very nice and nice to dance.


Etiënne Hoogstraten

As a young kid of 9 years old I started dancing and immediatly, I went into the competitions in the class of 9 to 12 year olds by the national member NADB. Not knowing that 22 years later I would be teaching here in Groningen as an active Professional Ballroom dancer dancing at World and European Championships representing the Netherlands. My opinion about competitions is about the 2 things you need: Technique and Performance. The technique you train with your brains and the performance you train with your heart. You will need both to have the ultimate Dance sensation.


Salsa

Internal Teachers

Chakir Bouziane

Hi! I am Chakir. I have been working as an IT specialist in a hospital for a few years now. After being dragged along for a salsa course by a sparring partner in 2013, I stayed because of the fun atmosphere. I started the sprint ballroom course in 2014, joined the demo team 2 years later and joined the salsa demo team when it was founded. During those years I became more and more active, starting with 2 years of AC, Wegcie, Advisory Board until 2023 and on the board of the ETDS 2019 and NTDS 2023 in Groningen. I am currently chairman of the salsa dance teachers. A few years ago I started giving salsa and bachata workshops for the Blue Toes, which I really enjoyed and was increasingly in demand. It is very nice to see people back at the parties after the lessons and workshops and to see them dancing with pleasure. I hope that I have contributed to that enthusiasm for (salsa) dancing. I have been teaching salsa for a few years now and hope to continue doing so for a while!


Klodia Saado

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Hello everyone, I'm klodia and I've been teaching salsa beginners since this year. My dance career has started in high school. There I learned my first salsa steps from Marloes. During college, I started an ACLO salsa course with a friend after which I stayed at the Toes. From that moment on I never stopped dancing. After having danced several years myself, I became an assistant in John's lessons and later in the lessons from Omri. In addition to assisting, I also gave workshops inside and outside the association. This made me realize that I really enjoy teaching. Now I'm a teacher (never thought this would to happen). I enjoy it very much and hope that people in the class like it as much. See you in class and on the dance floor!


Lisette Stam

Hi everyone. My name is Lisette. I am dancing since 2016 at our lovely society. I started here as a salsa dancer, after the introduction in the ACLO course. I liked dancing so much that after half a year I’ve started ballroom as well. A few years later, I’m a teacher for both disciplines and actively dancing competitions with Chakir. Next to teaching I’m in both demoteams as well. I’ve followed more than one class as a follower as well as a leader, which helps me a lot with teaching. The most important thing of salsa is the company and the many parties. Luckily, with only one lesson you can join the parties, and boy there are a lot around here. So, I’ll see you there.


Loes Holleboom

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Hi, I'm Loes and I'm 25 years old. I started at the association in 2018 and started there with salsa and ballroom dancing. When I was younger I danced jazz ballet/street dance and then started zumba at a dance school that also taught ballroom dancing. It wasn't until 3 years after the start of my studies that I decided to really start with ballroom dancing and salsa and I haven't stopped since. I am now assisting John with all his salsa classes, I'm one of the salsa workshop teachers, I'm teaching the salsa beginners B class together with Chakir, I'm in the salsa demo team where I'm also demo coordinator. In terms of ballroom dancing, I dance Advanced 3 with my dance partner Tom and we occasionally do competitions. I hope to see you at a salsa party, at a Blue Toes dance evening or in one of the classes!


External teachers


Marloes van der Ark

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