Andre Gahrmann

Andre was born in Haarlem. He worked at the municipality police force where he trained police dogs for tracing drugs. He also worked as a secretary for the Dutch Pencak Silat Association.  Pencak Silat is an Indonesian self defence sport. He trained and taught this full contact game in Djakarta, Indonesia, and became a champion in the tournament of Pencak Silat in Vienna, Austria.
He started dancing in 1996. He went to Cuba to learn Cuban Salsa at “The Ballet Folkorico Cutumba” in Santiago. He had private lessons with several teachers at this dancing school.
In 1999 he started teaching Cuban Salsa in Zaandam, in 2000 at club Asi in Haarlem. He became fascinated by the LA salsa style that was introduced in Europe by Marlon Castillo. In 2001 he and his partner Tonka started teaching at Salsamotion. They first taught in Schagen and in 2003 joined the teachers’ team of club Asi in Haarlem.
They became owners of this famous Haarlem salsa dancing school in 2003.

Andre is also known and appreciated as DJ Andres and performed at famous festivals in Monaco, Athens, Dublin, Beijing etc.

Tonka Barrera

Tonka was born in Paris to Dutch/Chilean parents. She lived in Spain for 10 years and worked in the travelling business. In 1992 she started dancing the Argentininan  Tango in The Hague.

In 1994 she was introduced to salsa and immediately became fascinated by the sparkling and vigorous aspect of this dancing style. In 1999 she became a member of the Asi showteam, club Asi, the Haarlem Dancing school. She danced the Argentinian Tango in a Nescafe tv commercial. Since 2002 she she assisted Paul “Gallto” Baarn.
Besides being a salsa teacher Tonka is also a certified astrologer and teaches at the College for Natural healing in Bloemendaal. She teaches yoga and foot reflexology and she is an NLP coach( Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Would you like to meet us and get to know our teaching style?
Come to our salsa  parties at the Haarlem train station every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. It starts at 8 o’clock and we teach a class for beginners at  the start of every party!
You can find more information on dates and locations if you click on Agenda Salsamotion

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