Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018

André van de Plas

Andre van de PlasAndré is a professional folk dance teacher and a trained primary school teacher from the Netherlands.Over the past three decades he has taught international dances in the Netherlands as well as abroad.He works with different age groups, accommodating all levels from beginners to highly advanced.

He completed the two-year Folkdance Teacher Training Course in the Netherlands in 1976 and specialises in dances from Romania and Hungary as well as in children’s dances.
Studied Romanian dance in Romania several times, sponsored by the Dutch government.

Outside the Netherlands he has taught in many European countries, Hong Kong, Taiwan , Australia and New Zealand. He has visited Australia every year since 1986, each time taking a new repertoire. He has held workshops for school and music teachers, recreational folk dance groups and has been guest teacher at many residential workshop weekends.

Most of all, he believes that the process of learning should be fun at all levels, at all times, for everyone. As such the focus is not so much on how to perfect certain steps, but rather to dance to the music and relate to the cultural and social aspects of the dance.

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