Originally started dancing salsa in 2008, Stéphane has joined a salsa school in Belgium where he has been teacher since 2013. A few year before, in 2010 he has been spotted by the Kizombalove academy, and have immediately started a framed teacher training during 4 years with the dancer and teacher who introduced kizomba in Benelux “José N’dongala”, following his structured and well defined methodology: “The José N’dongala kizombalove methodology”. The accreditation of this methodology was allowed only after have been followed a defined and official (following state rules of certificates allowance) program. The program was structured as followed:
- Foundation Course acquired 17/02/2013
- Intermediate Course acquired 21/07/2013
- Advanced Course acquired 16/02/2014
At the end of this program Stéphane has received the nick name of “Prince of improvisation” by José N’dongala himself… What an honor!
This training has shaped his knowledge and ability to transmit it. He has started teaching kizomba in 2013 first like assistant and then as teacher.
His main focus as a teacher has always been to make sure students are able to express themselves and have fun on the dance floor, following kizomba values in term of culture but also in term of execution, namely feeling, fluidity and subtlety…
Nothing is more important to him than the say “Learn the rules in an easy and enjoyable way, master the rules then break the rules”.
Next to all this commitment, taking time to first learn about the dance/culture and then about how to teach, Stéphane also made some artistic achievements and has been active on the international scene.
He took part in many festivals, or events as teacher or performer in different places (Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Tilburg, Liege, Luxembourg…). His experience in Salsa with all the trainings followed in that field (with Gianni & Alecs, Osbanis & Anneta, Tropical Gem…) has been a great help to evolve and build his artistic personality.
Being now the vice president of the Kizombalove academy, Stéphane still has as main goal to spread and share in different ways (classes, bootcamps, workshops…) what he has learned to everyone interested.