Afro Contemporary Workshop Simone Heijloo

Sunday 22 February, 14:00 – 16:00
Price: €20
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In this workshop you can experience the mulitiple colours of the African and contemporary dance and develop your technique in this unique dance style!

With Simone Heijloo you will work with different excercises in African traditional dance, contemporary dance, Technique Acogny (African Contemporary dance), yoga and body work-out. In this way you will have a total expericience of African Contemporary dance and a good work out for your body! After we work step by step on a choreography to DANCE and have FUN! :)

Dance inspired Simone Heijloo already when she was really young. When she was four years old she started dancing classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. Now Simone works as a dancer, teacher, dance therapist and movement coach.

After her study dance- and movement therapy at Hogeschool Zuyd, Simone studied at the teaching department at Codarts (Dance academy of Rotterdam) to expand her passion for dance. Here she found out African contemporary and traditional dance and leaves to Senegal in 2009.  At l’Ecole des Sables she followed the stage ‘A new step’, conducted by Germaine Acogny. Since then she loves African dance and started following many internships including Ayaovi Kokousse, Youssouf Koumbassa, Anani Dodji Sanouvi, Nadia Beugre, Dobet Gnahore, Vincent Harisdo, Merlin Nyakam.

In 2011 Simone took the big step and followed the formation in African contemporary and traditional dance at l’Ecole de Danse Irène Tassembédo (EDIT), conducted by Irène Tassembédo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  After this formation Simone started working on different dance projects in Africa, mainly in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. In March 2014 she joined the festival MASA (Marché des Arts Africaine) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Now Simone is teaching African Contemporary dance in Amsterdam and around and works as a dancer and teacher on different dance projects in the Netherlands and Africa.