Alana Dante (real name : Christel Hoogewijs) was born in Belgium on the 1st December 1972 or 1969, according to biographies. At the age of 4, she started to sing along with the songs she heard on the radio. She also made up her own songs. When she was 12, she went to the music academy where she studied violin and took singing lessons during almost 8 years. After she had left school, she performed at karaoke club, disco's, etc... Where she soon was discovered by the Belgian dance-producer Peter Neefs.