In 2003, Dennis Karpes and Ilco van der Linde, were struck by the force of the HIV pandemic and shared a passion to use their commercial expertise to turn the problem around. They created a new way of approaching youth in schools and an iconic brand to go with it. By involving young people and engaging millions of people around the world, their vision became reality.
In 2004, dance4life started in three countries: the Netherlands, Indonesia and South Africa. Now, dance4life has grown into an international organization, active in 5 continents. In 2007, Eveline Aendekerk became the director of taking over the baton from Ilco van der Linde. Ilco has now set up a new foundation: Masterpeace. Dennis has also taken up a new challenge by setting up the Naga foundation in 2010.
In 2009, Barbados joined the dance4life family with an aim to address the gaps in our local, government run Health and Family Life Education curriculum, and to bring a fresh, innovation, activities- based solution to the HIV and SRH related issues young people were facing. In 2009, we started with 1 school under the NGO Associates for International Development Inc. We have grown significantly and as of 2016, we are currently active in 12 secondary schools, the juvenile detention facilities, and the adolescent children’s homes, operating as an independent charity, dance4life Barbados, registration number 971.