Lorenzo, Rianne & Marije

Lorenzo Tjon

Lorenzo started dancing in Suriname when he was 18, with breakdance / street dance. Not long afterwards he became curious about other styles. He started doing capoeira, where through his fellow players he came in contact with the styles salsa, bachata, merengue, zouk and classical. He ended up at Dansclub Danzson, where after 3 years I was trained as an instructor. During his dance career so far Lorenzo won a number of prizes. For example, he earned 2 times the title “Best dancer” at the annual International Beach Festival in Suriname and became 2nd in the Surinamese version of “So you think you can dance”.

Once in the Netherlands he followed and completed the teacher training at Salsaventura, Dancalegria, and BrasaZouk. The dance styles in which he teaches are: Capoeira, hip hop, break dance, street dance, salsa, merengue, Kizomba, Brazilian Zouk and Bachata. He also practices Modern, classical, Tango and Samba de Gafieira. In addition to the latin lessons, Lorenzo teaches Zumba at various dance and sports schools.

For Lorenzo, respect for each other is and important component of his lessons. To make you a better dancer, there is certainly attention for technology, but fun is paramount.

Rianne Jahja

At age 9, Rianne started dancing Ballroom and Latin for more than 12 years and participated in competitions. In 2012 she started dancing Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba, however, Brazilian Zouk became her main focus.

In 2013 she was invited to join the teachers course at DA Dance Studio in Rotterdam, where she was trained by among others Willem Engel. After an extensive teachers course and internship at DA Dance studio and Dos Bailadores (Leiden), she continued teaching.

Since 2014 Rianne is one of the Zouk teachers at Dos Bailadores together with Lorenzo and Marije. They give regular Zouk classes and often workshops and bootcamps. Rianne was a dancer in the DançAlegria Showteam in 2014-2016. In 2018 Rianne and Lorenzo performed their first couple show. Next to having a fulltime job as Project Manager at a Dutch hospital, Rianne still continues and enjoys sharing her passion and excitement for Brazilian Zouk.

Marije Slagboom

Marije has been passionate about dancing from a young age. As a child she started with classical and jazz ballet, and in her teens Ballroom followed. After a few years of salsa dancing, she discovered Brazilian Zouk at Dos Bailadores in 2011. Marije was immediately impressed by this beautiful and swirling dance form. What she loves about Zouk is the flow and connection and the possibility to add techniques of other dances.

She started to follow intensive lessons Zouk by Willem Engel. Soon after that, she also went to international teachers Dani and Leticia in Barcelona and Freddy and Andressa in Finland and took part at various international congresses. In 2013 she followed the teacher training at the DA Dance Studio in Rotterdam, where she met with Rianne en Lorenzo. In 2017 she followed private lessons in Rio de Janeiro with the creators of the Brazilian Zouk, Renata Peçanha and Jamie Aroxa. Marije has been teaching at Dos Bailadores since 2014, together with Lorenzo and Rianne. Together they have further developed their own teaching method. Marije loves to share her passion for Zouk with others. She does this in addition to a full-time job as a communication advisor at the national government.