The ballroom of the Danscentrum Bernaards is dimly lit, Latin music is played and first-year students are trying not to step on their partner's feet. This Thursday afternoon INKOM participants have chosen to take some dance lessons offered by the Maastrichtse Studenten Dansvereniging (M.S.D.V.) Let's Dance!. The freshmen learn basic steps in Salsa, Chachacha and Quickstep that are amongst others included in the Latin and Ballroom course of the dancing school. “Convincing people to become a member of our association is not our primary aim”, says Martina, a Dutch psychology student who has already done six courses in the last one and a half years and belongs to the association's organisation. “We want to make people aware that you can learn how to dance in Maastricht. It’s more about getting in touch with people who are interested anyway.” Martina Wojciechowski has done courses in all dances offered: Latin/Ballroom, Streetdance, Bellydance and Salsa, in the latter even three at different levels. “I love dancing”, Martina smiles.
“It is a lot of fun and something new”, Pleun Moons from the Netherlands says. Henrike Biehl and Johanna Roehling from Germany compliment the teachers – this afternoon experienced dancers and not the actual teachers of the dancing school: “They have been very patient with us, that’s good.” Are the girls planning on joining the MSDV Let's Dance? “I am not sure yet”, Johanna answers. Until she decides she can keep in mind: one, two, cha cha cha.