A while ago, one of our members sent us an email that he was having salsa lessons tailormade for people with a visual disability. We wanted to know more about that so we contacted Michèle Martens, the driving force of the project and we met her in her dance studio Etage Tropical in Ghent.
Are you visually impaired or blind? And do you want to help me make a difference in movement and dance for the future? Then come and help us on February 11th 2023. Individually or with two or with a group. I call on people with a visual impairment to test innovation with us. Dancer or… Continue reading Call to participate in an experiment
Kizombatreat Festival A dialogue between upper body and lower body connection in couple dance. Foreword: Between 3 and 5 June of this year (2022), the first kizombatreat festival took place at Etage Tropical in Ghent. Many times we refer to the importance of Etage Tropical within the kizomba community and how 15 years ago we… Continue reading Closed eyes to turn off the visual distraction (part 1)
At Danceorientation I was assigned to provide an oriental dance performance during the breaks. There were oriental snacks and drinks. What is Oriental Dance? Though people say mostly belly dance, it isn’t entirely correct, because in this dance it is mainly the hips that are moved, but also the abdomen, shoulders, chest, head, and so… Continue reading Animation Oriental Dance during the breaks of Danceorientation festival
MICHELE PROVIDES SALSALES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY SIGHTED “We dare to throw ourselves completely again” Ostend During her lessons, Michèle Martens – who has been running a dance school for twelve years – welcomes everyone, but she pays extra attention to people with a visual impairment. She developed a technique in which hearing and feeling are… Continue reading Salsa workshop for “Point of view light and love” in “Het Laatste Nieuws”
Search for new aesthetic dance forms for the blind, visually impaired, and the sighted Dear Michele, Our conversation on 16 December was also very educational and inspiring for me! You raise interesting questions about the aesthetic experiences of blind people and to what extent these are comparable to the aesthetic pleasure of the sighted, especially… Continue reading What about visual art for the blind through color associations? A comment from Piet Devos
Questions, ideas, options : A dialog with Piet Devos On Tuesday, November 16, I had a first meeting with Piet Devos. Piet is a writer, art connoisseur, critic, questioner, thinker.His website: www.pietdevos.be At the age of five, he developed rare retinal disorder retinoblastoma, and became blind as a result. He expresses his condition very interestingly as follows: “My two-sided… Continue reading What about visual art for the blind through color associations?
In Brussels, we partner with the Paspartoe, similar to the UiTPAS in Ghent for Brussels. Paspartoe is THE freetime card for Brussels available for everyone. Also non-Brussels residents can enjoy the advantages (except for the one at social rate). In this way, you can participate cultural, youth- and sports activities at reduced cost. Paspartoe is… Continue reading Practical information Paspartoe
The danse courses are given from september until june, each time in series of 7weeks. We danse at these locations : Ostend On request Ghent On thursday & sunday evening Brussels On monday evening Are you living elsewhere and you would like to learn salsa or bachata ? We are happily to adapt. For all… Continue reading Practical info about the danse courses
Etage Tropical was the first dance school in Ghent to partner with UiTPAS. What is UiTPAS? The uitpas is a savings-and bonus card for freetime activities. Collect points when you participate at an UiTPAS event. Exchange your points for free tickets, discounts or other gifts. Receive 3 welcome points when subscribing to UiTPAS. There is… Continue reading Practical information UiTPAS