Nirwana Bintan Open 2021

Our annual dance event in September returns virtually to Bintan, Indonesia with a fresh format. Featuring world-class dance teachers around the world – Ralf Lepehne, Carmen, Ruud Vermeij, Joanna Leunis, Karina Smirnoff, Masami Suda & Shinsuke Kanemitsu, Nirwana Bintan Open 2021 will be a great online event you don’t want to miss!

How It Works

Start by submitting your Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and/or Samba videos (not exceeding 1 minute 30 seconds) and choose among our teachers by whom you would like to have your videos evaluated. By lecture days in September, you will receive an evaluation of your video(s) from teachers of your choice on musicality, technique & character on a scale of 1 to 8, along with a video comment (optional). This opportunity is open to all single dancers, kids, juvenile, junior, youth, seniors, amateur, professional, pro-am, teacher-student couples, regardless of one’s age and level. Those who submit their videos for evaluation can join the lecture days in September, for free!

Info for Video Evaluation

  • € 15 EUR / video / teacher for evaluation on musicality, technique & character on a scale of 1 to 8
  • € 25 EUR / video / teacher for evaluation on musicality, technique & character on a scale of 1 to 8 plus a video comment (max 1 minute)
  • Each video shall not exceed 1 minute 30 seconds in length and 512 MB in size
  • Video submission deadline 31st of August 2021

Don’t forget that video submission participants can join our lecture days with 7 lectures (45 minutes each) for free!

For those who wish to participate only in the lecture days, please scroll down to the “Lecture Days” section.

Lecture Days

Lecture days will be held on Sunday 19th of September 2021 and Wednesday 22nd of September by our 7 teachers, either on live or with a pre-recorded video. Their lecture time and themes will be available soon.

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Rumba – Combinations of Body and Hip

  • Free for video submission participants
  • € 10 EUR / lecture / person;
    € 20 EUR / lecture / couple for non video submission participants
  • Lectures will be held on ZOOM
  • Entry for lecture days only participants will open once lecture time and themes are available


Ralf Lepehne

World Latin Show Dance Champion. World, British Open & European Professional Latin Grand Finalist. German Professional Latin Champion. World renowned Coach, Lecturer and Adjudicator.


World, British Open & European Professional Latin Champion. World renowned Coach, Lecturer and Adjudicator.

Ruud Vermeij

Ruud believes in the health and wellbeing of the whole person, and his dance and psychology knowledge reflects this focus. Ruud supports dancers in determining useful strategies and provides tools that facilitate significant and lasting change. He will guide dancers and teachers to a more positive, enhanced direction with meaning and purpose.

Joanna Leunis

Amateur World Champion / Professional World Champion / Blackpool Champion

Karina Smirnoff

Professional Latin Champion / Finalist in Blackpool, UK Open, US Open, Dutch Open, The International Championships, Imperial, Embassy Ball, Asian Open and other major comps.

Masami Suda

Japanese Professional Latin Champion 1996-2001, dancing with Akira Hojo. Studied under Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather with over 15 years of Ballet training. Finalist, rising star competition in all of the major international championships. Semi-Finalist, London International and World Championship. Finalist, German Open Championships.

Shinsuke Kanemitsu

Japanese Professional Latin Champion. Vice champion – Dutch Open Professional Latin Show Dance, Korean Asia Dance Festival, Chinese Taipei Open Dance Championships. Finalist – UK Championships Rising Star Latin, All England Championships, World Latin Show Dance Championships, Blackpool Dance Festival Rising Star Latin

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