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Introduction viaDanza the Netherlands



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Viadanza, the main organisation

Helena Bernardo and Ulrich Fichtner viaDanza Germany

Viadanza is of origin a German organisation that has been set up by  Helena Bernardo and her partner Ulrich Fichtner.
They have years of experience organising dance holidays to cuba.

the Netherlands

Viadanza is represented in the Netherlands by the Company:
Spirit of Havana VOF
owned by Karen Beerends - Darroman Charles and Minou Spits


viaDanza started in the
Netherlands in 2005.
The first two people involved were Karen Beerends - Darroman Charles and Elona Waisapy.

Karen had been staying in
Cuba several times, and during one of these stays she met Ulrich Fichtner and the viaDanza team.
She was so impressed by the quality and the professional way viaDanza organised their trips that she wanted to start up the business in the Netherlands as well.
Her main goal was to make the groups more international!

viaDanza today is guided by Karen Beerends Darroman Charles in Cuba and Minou Spits in the Netherlands. Their aim is to be able to venture the Dutch and international market.

Karen, after she had seen large parts of the world during her travels, came to
Cuba for the first time in 1999, she felt directly connected with the contagious passionate lifestyle of the inhabitants. She decided to establish herself in Havana during the winter months.
In that period she has conquered a spot in the Cuban dance world and contracted cooperation with the German organisation ViaDanza, viaDanza has an exclusive contract with the famous oldest dancing school of Havana. Karen was impressed by the high quality dance lessons and the perfect organisation of the travel which are organised to Cuba.

Minou has done many things, among a year abroad, worked some years as a manager within a large Dutch venture. Thereby she has gained much experience with the structures and processes to be able to lead an organisation. The years of friendship and their expertise in several areas have brought Karen and Minou together to join in "spirit of havana"