Rendezvous' Third Consecutive Jive June: 2nd - 24th June, 2016

jive june

Our team is all about embracing the four pillars that truly make happily EverAfter worthwhile; celebration, relaxation, discovery and intimacy, and this summer Rendezvous will be presenting for the third consecutive year an affair that is all about moving and grooving. Summer 2015 will have a great deal to do with discovery and celebration when Rendezvous brings to life ‘Jive June’, a month of sweeping, or being swept off your feet. For the month of June, guests can look forward to exclusive day and evening dance sessions with qualified instructors from Learn to Dance UK. Private dance classes will also be available. Whether your appreciation for dance comes with knowing it’s also a great way to exercise, or because it’s all in good fun, it takes two to Tango, and Rendezvous is definitely a great place to start.

 

So what can I expect?

 

 

  • Seven dance classes per week with different styles of dancing, including:
  • Cha Cha Cha, Tango and Waltz Friday night dance evenings on the Terrace
  • Private dance classes (by request only) 

 

 

Jennifer Benavidez

Born in the US, her Mexican heritage has given her dancing rico sabor (good flavor). She discovered ballroom dancing in 1992 while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer’s hips made her focus more on the latin dances and then she discovered SALSA. Her salsa dancing, performing and teaching took her on lovely travels to LA, NY, Puerto Rico, London, Chicago, Israel, Berlin, Prague, Houston, and Casablanca. Not long after graduation she was recruited to teach in Amsterdam where she co-owned one of the top salsa schools in Holland for over 8 years.

Jennifer qualified with Zumba creator Beto Perez in 2009. Zumba allowed her to combine her knowledge of different dance styles into an exciting, calorie burning class. By focusing on the charity side of Zumba, she has given back to the community by organizing and teaching at several Zumbathons around the UK. She is qualified to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning and ZumbAtomic.

Jennifer’s Degree in Communications/Journalism was a great asset when she became one of the organizers of the Amsterdam International Salsa Festival. Currently, based near London, she teaches with Latin Dance Academy and is the lead choreographer for Incognito Dance Company.

Always interested in a challenge,  she has won several dance competitions in Holland, Germany and Texas. Her competition experience lead to her judging numerous competitions in the UK and Europe.Under her expert eye you will be guided, in a non judgemental manner, to bring out the best dancer in you!

Availabilty: 2nd - 16th June

 

Andrzej Mialkowski

Born in Szczecin, Poland, Andrzej started to learn Ballroom and Latin American dancing at the age of ten with the world famous Astra Dance School. Over ten years, he competed in more than 300 competitions both at national and international level, winning his first championship in 1994 and finishing as finalists in Polish, Norway and France Championship competitions.

Andrzej moved to England in 2004 and set up Step by Step Dance School in 2005 taking his first class in the Town Hall of Brackley, Northamptonshire. Now with over 700 pupils, Andrzej and the Step by Step team offer a program of opportunities for all ages and abilities, including fun dance classes, competitions and social events for our students to relax and put their dancing into practice.

In just 7 years, Step By Step has helped to raise more than £750,000 for charity, an achievement which has made Andrzej a local celebrity in his own right! 

More recently, Andrzej has returned to the dance floor after 17 years to compete in Pro-Am competitions with his dance partner Joanne Wittich. 

 

Joanne Wittich

Joanne was born in Northampton, England and started dancing at the age of 4. Learning ballet and tap, she progressed from good toes, naughty toes through her IDTA medal and RAD ballet exams to Intermediate level and competed in various UK competitions at both a local and national level into her late teenage years.

Pursuing a full-time career in Marketing and Business Management, Joanne continued to dance into her early twenties performing promotional demonstrations and regular show dancing as part of a dance troupe at a popular corporate entertainment venue in Northampton. It was many years later having watched her son take part in the Step by Step Junior Strictly event that her toes started tapping again and she decided to have a go at Ballroom and Latin.

In August 2014, Joanne and Andrzej plus eight other students and teachers from the Step by Step Dance School competed in the annual Vilnius Crown Cup Pro Am 2015. The event was rounded off with the WDC European ProAm Championship. Andrzej and Jo represented England in the competition, taking part in the tough 10 dance challenge. The couple were successful in winning this category with Joanne becoming the first ProAm dancer from England to be crowned the coveted European ProAm 10 Dance Champion title.

The couple now run classes together and enjoy performing show dances at our charity events

Availablility: 11th – 24th June

 

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