Anni was born in Berlin and grew up with dance as her form to express liveliness and joy in life. Since her childhood she has been dancing and discovering different solo dances, such as Jazzdance, Streetdance, Dancehall, Reggaeton and Baile Funk.
For several years she has been giving dance classes for kids and adults. Her students love her creativity, enthusiasm and her ability to spark the audience. Her focus is very much on a natural and playful interconnection between body and music.
Later she discovered her passion for couple dances such as Salsa, Kizomba and Zouk. Especially Zouk gave her the opportunity to integrate different styles and her background in solo dances. The perfect connection between two people is what fascinates her about dancing as a couple.
Anni is a state-approved physiotherapist and naturopath specialized in techniques for self-healing, relaxation as well as body and mind work. Furthermore she is a certified Yoga teacher and Zumba® instructor for Zumba Basic and Gold. She is co-organiser of the SENSUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL BERLIN 2014 and chairwoman of the management board of Danca Alegria e.V. - Centre for Brazialian and Latin-American dances in Berlin. Together with his partner Jan she founded the artist collective Modern Zouk.
Jan is in an internationally performing artist based in Berlin, Germany. From an early age on, dance was an essential part of his life. With mestre Paulo Lopes he was trained in Capoeira and Brazilian solo dances, such as Axé, Samba-Reggae, Afro and Samba no pé. Xavier Reese was his main influence in Modern Dance. He found his passion for Zouk in 2008, with Artdance Company, where he taught and learnt beside Zouk other Brazilian solo and partner dances. Soon he started to merge his Zouk teaching with influences from Contemporary and Modern Dance, Body Work, Systemic Therapy and Eastern energy practices.
Jan is co-founder and managing director of ProZouk UG, the organization that was responsible for carrying out the INTERNATIONAL ZOUK CONGRESS BERLIN 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is co-organiser of the SENSUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL BERLIN 2014 and member of the management board of Danca Alegria e.V. - Centre for Brazialian and Latin-American dances in Berlin. Together with his partner Anni he founded the artist collective Modern Zouk.
For more information please check Modern Zouk.
Marcus came to us from east Thuringia. Music has always been a very important part of his life. For ten years since 5th grade he learned to play the classic trumpet and was member of different orchestras. He started dancing in 2012 when he participated in a Cuban Salsa lesson by the TU Berlin. Over the following months and years Marcus discovered his passion for Latin American couple dances like Salsa, Bachata and Tango Argentino. 2014 he finally found Zouk again in university class by the TU Berlin. Ever since he’s trained by Jan Lachenmayer, Anni Kinast and Jessica Lepszy.
October 2015 Marcus began to regularly give the university lessons by the FU Berlin together with Oliwia. Furthermore he is vice chairman of Danҫa Alegria e.V. – Centre for Brazilian and Latin American dances.