Caroline grew up in the Netherlands where she spent her free time training in rhythmical gymnastics, taking dance classes and being part of musical theatre productions at school. In 2003 she joined the Amsterdam School of the Arts for a one year preparation course for a bachelor program in Dance.
After this course she joined in a dance teacher training program for two years, followed by four years of training in Jazz- Musical Dance for which she obtained a Bachelor of Dance. She received classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, tap dance, singing, musical theatre and acting and worked with directors/choreographers WiesBloemen, Eddy Habbema and David Greaves. In her last year she did an internship with Musical Theatre Company Briza, performing musical theatre productions for children and was part of an exchange program with The Kenya Performing Arts Group.
After teaching dance in many different schools and projects in the Netherlands she came back to Kenya and started Ghetto Exposed, a non-profit which offers dance and photography training to talented young people from underprivileged communities and aims to build the audience and create jobs in the field. Caroline has been working for Dance Centre Kenya since January 2016.
Natasha began her formal dance training at the Edna Manley School of Dance in Kingston, Jamaica under the tutelage of Patsy Rickets, Barbara Requa, Tony Wilson and Barry Montcrief. where she became a member of the Junior Performing workshop studying Ballet of the Cecchetti technique and Modern in both Horton, Graham and Afro Caribbean technique.
Natasha later received a partial scholarship to attend the New World school of the Arts in Miami Florida where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree with Honours in 1996. During her schooling she trained in Limon, Horton and Graham technique, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre. She worked with visiting choreographers such as Menaka Thakkar learning classical Indian technique and Reginald Yates who taught African technique.
After moving back to Jamaica she joined the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica under the tutelage of Professor Rex Nettleford, as well as teachers such as Clive Thompson (lead dancer for Alvin Ailey and visiting choreographers like David Brown (lead dancer for Martha Graham) among others. During this time she toured to New York, Miami, and Belize with the company and during the 40th anniversary was chosen to perform “Beloved” by Lester Horton with Arsenio Andrade.
Natasha also worked as a vocalist for Julian Marley and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and had the opportunity to tour with the Marley’s on a Bob Marley festival to Miami, Cancun, and San Antonio.
In 2003 she taught ballet to the performing arts ensemble Ashe, a non-profit organization that trains talented young singers, dancers and actors from inner city areas in Kingston.
In 2004 Natasha trained and certified in the Pilates Mat technique as well as reformer work from a master teacher trained by Kathy Grant. Her Caribbean roots are evident in her choreography, but she manages to meld this with classical lines and alignment in her teaching methods.
Victor Mishael Okumu was born in 1991 in Nairobi and raised by his parents in the slums of Mathare and Huruma. He attended Mathare North Primary School for his primary education after which he attended Nyangoma Boys Secondary School for his high school studies.
After high school he was sponsored to join Ghetto Exposed School of Dance And Photography from 2011- 2014. This was the start of his professional dance training. Mishael was trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, african, modern, tap, botu and Pilates.
In June 2012 he joined Black Blingers Dance Crew and in 2013 they won the Sakata Dance Battle in Kenya. In the same year he and 15 other artists were chosen to represent Kenya in the Umoja Cultural Festival (Flying Carpets). He then attended the Guerrilla Art Camp in Uganda and represented Ghetto Exposed in an exchange program in Oslo Norway with NORAD.
Mishael has performed in various productions with The Academy of Dance And Art and Dance Centre Kenya. He is currently working as a gymnastics teacher in Dance Centre Kenya and isalso founder and director of an artistic centre in the slums of Huruma for children living below the poverty level in Kenya.
Willys Kwach (born July 10, 1989) is a Kenyan dancer and dance instructor, specializing in urban contemporary dance, Hip hop and jazz. He is best known for his sensational day to day life expression yet radical dance pieces. He has collaborated with some of Kenya’s finest musicians: ‘Just a Band’ as a Choreographer/dancer of “Winning in life” project of which he was nomination for the South African Dance Awards for. He has also choreographed music on Tour with Habida. In 2014, he launched his dance company called “Kwach Willys Dance Company through which he stages dance performances, choreographs flash mobs and direct movements.
During 2006-2008, he received the Annex Dance Certificate in performing arts, modern, ballet, contemporary repertoire, Hip hop, Acting I-II-III, Movement I-II and much more. He holds the qualification of Bachelor of urban dance and theater.
He has participated in several dance activities and projects:
- productions of K-PAG (Tavaziva Dance Company)
- an exchange program with the Amsterdam dance Academy 2008-2009.
- Switch project as a dancer and costumer maker in 2009.
- Teacher and choreographer at YAWA dance group 2009
- Jongrentheater link and Forntise dans academy (2009-2010)
- Project Master Class Certificate
- De Dansopleiding urban dance Academy (2011)
- Dance 4 Life in Rotterdam Ahoy (2010)
- Tropean Theater children performance project NL (2010-2011)
- Move dance project as a dancer and choreographer (2010)
Allan and Adriana are accomplished Dance Instructors and Performers from Nairobi, Kenya. They live, breathe and love African and Latin Dance styles in all their wonderful variations. They feel honored and privileged to be able to share and showcase their knowledge and enjoyment of music and dance with audiences all over the world. Since 2010, Allan and Adriana have been dedicated to help pioneer African and Latin Dance styles in East Africa.
They currently teach several levels, ranging from beginners to advanced, and promote weekly classes and socials in Nairobi. Their unique talent combined with dedication, enthusiasm and tireless work ethic, not only makes them one of the best dancers in their field but also one of the best teachers. Allan and Adriana also run the Dance for Charity Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was established to advance charitable objectives in society through the medium of music and dance.
Khaya Renja explores healthy living through play/exercise and simple good food. She trained in Hatha Yoga, and graduated from Registered Yoga School (RYS) International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala – India. She focuses on teaching yoga explorers to breathe more deeply and effortlessly, gradually stretch and strengthen the body for good posture, and improve ability to relax.
Belle, who a certified Zumba Instructor, got into Zumba fitness because she loves dance and it was a fun fitness program to lose baby weight gained after pregnancy. She loves different forms of art as it is a means to express oneself, just like dance!
Ayelet Feinstein, 43, born in Israel and danced classic ballet RAD, modern dance, flamenco and Latin dance since she was 6 years old, Ayelet is a certified Zumba instructor since 2014.
Chris is originally from Los Angeles and grew up dancing in various studios as well as school dance teams. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Chris attended the University of California, Berkeley where she was President of the student-run dance group, Danceworx, and taught a jazz class at the university
After graduating, she danced with Culture Shock in both Los Angeles and Chicago, a professional hip hop troupe dedicated to youth outreach. While in New York City, Chris performed with De Funes Dance, a contemporary dance group. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and Alonzo King Lines Dance Center.
She has been living in Nairobi since 2012 and teaching contemporary and hip hop locally since 2013. While in Nairobi, she has danced in a local music video as well as partnered with local artist Tahir Karmali for a video art installation. You can find videos of her Nairobi classes and dance work on her YouTube channel.
All levels and ages are welcome to Chris’s classes!
Zileena: Originally from Singapore, Zileena moved to Nairobi in 2016 and quite instantly fell in love with Kenya! She has a background in international corporate marketing, having worked for large multinationals, traveling extensively across Australasia and the Middle East, but Kenya is definitely where she now calls home. Zileena discovered Barre after moving to Kenya and was trained as an Instructor by Amy Selbach, founder of Taut Body. She teaches Barre and TRX Sculpt Fusion at Taut Body in Village Market and is really excited to now bring Taut Body Barre to Lavington!
An avid fitness enthusiast, Zileena has experience in Barre, Yoga, Pilates and TRX, as well as other more general fitness disciplines. Most importantly, she has an overall interest in ensuring a balanced well-being and enjoying life.
Barre workouts show undeniable benefits to your tone, physique, flexibility and posture. Through her classes, Zileena focuses on all these benefits whilst ensuring a fun workout!
At the age of 22, I weighed 78 KGS, was suffering from PCOS, IBS and anxiety and depression. I had no connection with my mind or my body. I knew that I had to do something about my health given the way it was deteriorating. Yoga and H.I.I.T helped me lose weight, and better my health.
My body no longer produces cysts and it’s all without any medication. This transformation in myself physically and spiritually led me to take it up as a profession and help add value to people’s lives.