Our Dance Instructors
All our in-house instructors live and work here in the Stavanger Region. By day, they are administrators, teachers, hairdressers, nurses, engineers, students, self-employed businessmen & women, parents, and many more upstanding professionals. By evening/night time, they transform into super, amazing, wonderful and inspiring social dancers, performers and instructors at the Stage Dance Academy!
Pablo is one of the most experienced dancers/instructors in Stavanger. His passion for different salsa styles (Cuban, On1, On2 & Rueda De Casino) gives him a varied & knowledgeable perspective which he loves to share with students. As an instructor/performer Pablo has been travelled to several European countries for dance. By his pedagogical experience & humour he’s able to create a fun & enjoyable atmosphere in his classes.
What Pablo says: "The more you dance, the more you become better!"
Adria has always had a passion for dance. With over 10 years of salsa experience, her love for the dance, rhythm & music is forever strong! Dancing socially, performing and attending international congresses, Adria has specialized in line style and mainly teaches salsa on1, but also instructs other latin dance styles. Her smile and humble approach always makes you feel welcome & inspires you to dance!
What Adria says: "Don't be afraid to leave it all on the dance floor! Shake it!"
Kristina started dancing and immediately fell in love with salsa and other latin dances. Her passion for dance has led her to quickly become one of our most inspiring female salsa dance instructors. As a way of sharing her passion, Kristina has wholeheartedly embraced the difficult task of guiding new dancers to take their first steps during their important beginner lessons.
What Kristina says: "Anyone who starts dancing will get SALSA FEVER! You just have to go where the rhythm takes you!"
Silje is another of our very experienced social dancer, performer & instructor. She started dancing Cuban salsa, but quickly became addicted & continued to learn other styles as LA & On2 in addition to bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. Silje has lived in LA, Spain, Mexico & New York where she has studied dance with many famous dancers & dance schools and performed on many local & international stages.
Knut has over 7 years of dance experience and is regarded as a specialist On1/LA style Salsa dancer & instructor. He is a regular participant in international salsa congresses meeting & learning from the very best in the world of salsa. In his courses, he loves to fuse cool salsa moves with proper leading & following techniques.
What Knut says: "To become a great dancer, spend several hours on workshops in order to get the basic principals before moving on to advanced/master levels!"
Gerda is a co-founder of Kizomba K’nekt’n Stavanger and as such the leading female Kizomba instructor in the whole Stavanger region. Her experiences with belly dancing gives her a unique perspective in musical interpretations & body isolations. She is also an accomplished Salsa & Bachata social dancer.
What Gerda says: "Dance is your heart, music is the lock, and the key to the lock is your basics! Nail your basics, and unlock your heart to dance freely!"
Hugrún is an Icelandic salsa teacher & choreographer. She started dancing ballroom when at the age of 5 years but changed to jazz ballet during her teenage years. She found Salsa in Guatemala where she stayed for a while and then moved on to take more salsa lessons in Barcelona & Oslo. She has over 6 years experience in teaching salsa, both in Iceland & Stavanger, and she loves getting her students inspired to dance.
What Hugrun says: "Forget yourself in the dance and enjoy the feeling!"
Ine has developed herself into an accomplished salsa instructor and dancer (social dancing & performing) and she feels very fulfilled to be able to help others discover the joy of dance. She has specialized in line style salsa, teaching on1 and helping students progress & have fun both in class and on the dance floor. She loves getting to know people in the social dance setting & during courses.
What Ine says: "To dance is to be out of yourself – larger, more beautiful, more powerful!"
Nii is an inspiring dancer and instructor in salsa (x-body/On1/LA/line style with crossover to Cuban Salsa) with over 10 yrs of social dancing experience. He is also an accomplished bachata, merengue, reggaeton and the now popular Kizomba dancer & instructor. His Ghanaian roots equip him with a unique understanding & appreciation of rhythms in music. Nii is also a co-founder of Kizomba K'nekt'n Stavanger.
What Nii says: "You have to feel it to dance it! The rhythm is eventually gonna get ya!"
Our In-House Dj's
At the Stage Dance Academy we are of the opinion that the quality of our parties and socials is dependent on the quality of the music. Hence we are proud to have Stavanger's best DJ's as long serving, constant members of our academy. Our DJ's make it a habit of consistently packing the dance floor each and every social/party!
MaiE is one of the most loved & sought-after Dj's in Stavanger‘s latin dance scene. Her characteristic style is playing happy music & being sharp to read the dance floor. With eagle eyes she sees who's there and delivers what they want. Dj MaiE always provides a great selection of music variety to suit every dance style (from Cuban/Line Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, Dominican/ Sensual Bachata, to Kizomba, & other Latin pop tunes). She mixes perfectly; anything from new releases to the classics.
Tor has been spinning & mixing rhythms in the Dj booth for more than 4 years. In the process, he has been giving the Latin/Afro dance lovers the best music experience in Stavanger & other parts of Norway. Tastefully mixing all type of salsa, mambo, bachata, cha cha, reggaeton, merengue, kizomba, zouk, samba, he consistently fills up the dance floor each time he plays. Listening to Dj Tor always feels like you are in a musical performance with non-stop blending of modern and classic vibes.
Pablo's DJing qualities come from his extensive experience as a social dancer, performer and instructor. His passion for different salsa dance styles and music gives him a varied & knowledgeable perspective which he uses to create a wonderful atmosphere on the dance floor. His Latin roots implies he knows how to keep the party going with several mixes of genres from salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, kizomba, etc.
Arvid is an experienced dancer with broad musical influences from Swing, Rock, Salsa, Rueda and Bachata. He is also an accomplished Salsa instructor, with several years of experience as a Rueda instructor. Through his social dancing and instruction experience, Arvid has learned to appreciate good quality dancing music, and he loves sharing his music with other Salseros.