Angela knows better than anyone that dancing makes you happy and connects people. After a life full of ups & downs in El Salvador, she is now completely at home in The Hague. At Latin Soul Dance she gives dance fitness classes such as Zumba (there are now also free outdoor classes!) and she starts with a swinging Salsa course.
One thing has always remained the same in Angela’s life: her love for dancing. “I grew up in El Salvador during the civil war,” she says. “Dance became a way for me to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. When I danced, the stress and anxiety disappeared for a while.”
From lawyer to dance teacher
Still, Angela did not directly earn her living with dancing. “I graduated from university with a law degree and became a mother of two. I was a lawyer, but it still tickled. Everywhere I went, I took Zumba classes. When I moved to the Netherlands a few years ago, I decided to turn my passion into my profession. As a Zumba instructor I taught in various places in The Hague and in 25 I opened my own studio: Latin Soul Dance.”
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Everyone is welcome to Latin Soul Dance
Her dance studio specializes in Latin fitness dance styles such as Zumba fitness, Salsafit and Reggaetonfit. “The lessons are given in an attractive room on the Waldeck Pyrmontkade. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or dance level. Recently there is also a special class for seniors: Zumba Gold. This way you can keep moving even if you are less mobile. I like to help people improve their skills, but it’s mostly about dancing and having fun together. Dancing can be very meditative and calming while providing a lot of energy and positivity at the same time. Your physical and mental well-being get a boost!”
“It soon became apparent that the dance studio is also a place that brings people together from all over the world. There are currently 25 different nationalities dancing here! Everyone is welcomed with open arms and the mutual energy is contagious. It is a very nice and positive community. To reinforce that connecting atmosphere, we also organize special events and themed parties. Beautiful friendships always arise, very nice to see.”
Guidance and support
In addition, Angela is committed to helping others become Zumba instructors themselves. She offers guidance and support to those interested in a career in fitness and dance and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Her passion and drive have already inspired many of her students to become instructors themselves!
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The free outdoor lessons are a great success!
Along with her Zumba friend and colleague Ouafa, Angela has also started a new program during the pandemic: Zumba outdoor classes. “For example, during the lockdowns, people still had that much-needed outlet. It was such a success that we will continue with the outdoor lessons at Sportcampus Zuiderpark.
Until July we can even offer these lessons for free thanks to the subsidy from CultuurSchakel, so that they be accessible to everyone.” The perfect opportunity to join this vibrant dance family! Take a quick look