Fruitful cooperation and many helping hands
The thriving association that we have become is the result of much fruitful cooperation, encounters, good advice, inspiring dances, motivating conversations and countless helping hands, for which we are infinitely grateful!
For the dance classes and courses, Frisse Folk has called upon many different experienced dance teachers, who have all contributed to the success of the dance school. In chronological order these are Koen Dhondt, Aurélie Giet, Carine De Lauw, Griet Van Der Donck, Pierre Chesneau, Erika Plaitin, Elena Leibbrand and Anita Iliaens.
Since 2005 we cooperate intensively with the unique Brussels association Muziekpublique. Other valuable partners are the community centres De Maalbeek (Etterbeek), De Pianofabriek (Sint-Gillis) and De Markten (Herk-de-Stad), and the Flemish centre for amateur dance Danspunt. Furthermore, we often collaborate with other Belgian and foreign folk organisations.
Furthermore, we have our motivated volunteers, cooks, hosts for musicians, advisers and all other helping hands. Finally, we are thankful for all the good moments we shared with students, interns, musicians, organisers… This gives us an enormous amount of satisfaction and stimulates us to continue!
Behind the scenes
To offer all these great activities, we also spend a lot of time in our office in Sint-Gillis.
Koen Dhondt is the founder and daily manager of the association. His passion for folk motivates him for the administrative work. Mixing perfectionism and customer service, he deals with the planning, prospect and programming, book keeping, translation, dance workshops, internal coaching of the dance teachers and animators, contacts with partners and students….
Since 2011, Koen can call upon the multilingual Jill-of-all-trades Elena Leibbrand for efficient help with the website, promotion, newsletters, contacts with partners and students and general administrative support. Further, Elena’s personal input and energy provide a fresh perspective to all our activities.
Anita Iliaens has recently become the silent driving force behind the volunteer work.
The board members of the association, Elise Hooft (secretary) and Sonia Kanobana (treasurer), regularly roll up their sleeves, as well.