Gert was born in Amsterdam and has always been interested in expression through movement. He has been practicing Gymnastics for over 20 years and Wushu (Kungfu) for over 10 years. Besides this extensive physical background, he also explores the theoretical aspects of human motion as a biomechanics researcher.
In 2009 he started Salsa dancing and became a real Salsa-addict. A few year later he fell in love with Brazilian Zouk dancing and took classes from world famous teachers: Adillio Porto, Pasty and Willem Engel. Gert’s Zouk style is a mix of the styles of these teachers. Furthermore, he is adding his personal flavor to the Zouk dance by incorporating the flowing elements from Wushu and Gymnastics.
From 2010 to 2012 Gert has worked as a biomechanist at the Harvard School of Public health in Boston. During this time he started teaching Zouk and helped building a solid Zouk scene in Boston (www.zoukboston.com). In Boston Gert also started dancing West Coast Swing. This is a very smooth dance style that focuses on soft connection trough elasticity, a principle which he now uses a lot in his Zouk dancing/teaching.
In 2012, Gert moved back to Amsterdam to work as a researcher at the VU University (Human Movement Sciences). In 2013, he founded the BZA dance school together with Charlotte Mathiessen (www.ZoukAmsterdam.nl). Together with his dance partner Eva they teach regular classes where they not only focus on Zouk fundamentals but also strive to teach principles, like Continuous flow, Counterbalance, Traveling and Elasticity to enrich the Zouk dancing of their students.
Eva loves to dance. She started ballet lessons at three years old. She learned to create beautiful movements and lines while telling the story of the music through her body. For three years she attended a dance academy, where she learned the technical background of ballet, modern/jazz and musical dance. As a physiotherapist and personal trainer, Eva likes to combine her work experience and dance influences into her Zouk lessons. Zouk to her is: the enjoyment of creating something beautiful together.