All teaching artists had been confirmed (contracts are signed). We are awaiting visa approvals with 2 of our artists. The moment they get approved, we will announce them here. We will be posting more artists. Stay tuned. WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED BY APRIL 30TH
STOU DANCE (FRANCE) Stou is a professional international dance teacher, DJ, dance performer, choreographer, animator, and event organizer of kizomba, kuduro, coupe-decale, salsa, and bachata to name just a few. He was invited as artist to dance festivals across Europe, North America, and North Africa.
Eliza Sala (Holland) Bio Coming Soon
Feddy (France) Feddy is a young dancer from the Caribbean islands – Guadeloupe. He started dancing following the influence of his grandfather, who was a very famous singer and dancer of “Gwo ka” (traditional dance from La Guadeloupe, played with drums). He moved to Paris, where he discovered Kizomba/Semba and learned from Samuel & Windy (Kizfamily Crew). He fell in love with the dance quickly and started working on his own style while drawing inspiration from videos of Tecas & Joyce. In 2015, he joined the Kizomba.fr school, where he perfected his dance thanks with two Semba masters – Dilson and Tecas. He then joined a group from the school and started performing on stage with his crew. Later that year, Feddy also competed in a Semba competition organized by the Kizfamily crew where he won top honors. Ever since then, Feddy has been teaching at events in Paris where he focuses mainly on Ginga, which he considers being the key to his dance and which makes him a truly "one of a kind" dancer today.
Frans & Sarah (Belgium) In 2008, Frans Soenen & Sarah Amaro join the "Kizombalove Academy" and grew quickly as dancers and teachers. It is indeed in this school, based in Belgium, that Frans & Sarah have followed a professional training for future Kizomba / Semba teachers (Teacher's course: José N'dongala Kizombalove Methodology). Since 2011, they always teach kizomba in a professionnal way but also in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With Frans & Sarah you will learn Kizomba & Semba in an easy, fast and structured way. Frans & Sarah already shares their experiences during workshops (Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha & Afro house), bootcamps, demos and shows in several international festivals (Holland Kizomba Congress, Ahinama Salsa Festival, Kizomba Sensual Festival, El Corazon festival, Africadançar, Balumuka, Love Like London, Kizomba Sunrise, Toma toma festival, Criola beach Festival, Brussels Kizomba Festival, Christmas Kizomba Festival Lisbon, Ginga Festival, Tchuna Festival, etc ...).
About their artistic achievements: - Frans and Sarah won the Kizomba Benelux competition organized in Belgium in 2011 (18.02.2011). - Frans and Sarah were the first couple qualified during the eliminations of the GB Kizomba competition held in London in 2014 (28.02.2014). - Frans and Sarah won the semifinal africadançar UK 2014 (final of the GB Kizomba competiton UK) (05.04.2014)
Jacinto Teca (Prague) Jacinto Teca was born and raised in Angola, he went to Padrão do Semba Dance School learning his education in the field of Semba/Kizomba Dance. After some time being a student he found his way into teaching Semba/Kizomba at Padrão do Semba Dance School from 2008-2010. Teca later moved to Prague, Czech Republic, to further his education by attending the University of Agriculture and Human Development in Tropical/Subtropical areas. While studying Teca wanted to keep his Semba/Kizomba roots alive by continuing to perform and teach and there he met Jamba Mulimbwe and has been working and performing with him as a teacher/performer of Kizomba.CZ as well as The Balumuka Project as a performer and teacher ever since. Currently, Teca is teaching Semba, Kizomba, Afro-House and Kuduro in Prague and has performed and taught in festivals such as; Dance Fusion Festival Poznan(Poland), Warsaw Afro-House & Kuduro Mania(Poland), Bachata Congress Festival Berlin(Germany), Kizomba French Kiss & Bachata French Kiss Festival in France(Troyes), Prague Kizomba Festival “BALUMUKA”(Czech Republic), Kizomba BootCamp(Ungary) Workshops Kizomba BootCamp Brno, Ostrava(Czech Republic) and Pikant Kizomba festival in Bratislava( Slovakia Republic), Kizzmeeting Festival In Katowive, as well as many more
Laury & Mario (France) 2015 National Champion of Kizomba and Semba (social) dances in Angola The passion for dance from Mario Jordao started since his infancy, with his family and in his neighborhood, as it is customary in Africa. To understand, interpret and transmit the Kizomba and Semba (social), he entered the "KADENGUES UNIDOS" school in Angola in 2007. In this same school he learned other styles like waltz. After nearly three years learning, he became a professor of Kizomba and Semba (social) dances for the school "SEMBA QUINTAL NO" (Angola) in 2010. His passion for his work and perfection is rewarded in Angola in 2015 when he was crowned champion of the National Competition of Kizomba and Semba (social) dances. This great but modest worker, has integrated Esmeraldacompany in Paris with the aim to show and share the Angolan culture through authentic teaching from the root. But also to learn from others and live in our time because it is within a community we find happiness. Laury Esmeralda is Kizomba teacher and founder of the Esmeralda COMPANY KIZOMBA SCHOOL, became 3rd at Africadançar 2013 and was the winner of the competition Semba show France in 2013. Her objective is to preserve the cultural authenticity of kizomba and the respect for dance in general. From classical dance, she instills in her students a certain rigor in the posture. Furthermore she focusses on maintaining partner connection and detailed explanations that are as clear as possible for optimal understanding and application from the students. She was the first dance partner of many recognized Kizomba teachers on the international scene, it is after her first trip to Angola that she decided to create her own school. She accompanied many famous artists on the scene, such as Bonga, Guilou Lafages, Kondé Martins Eddy Tussa and many others. That Laury Esmeralda and Mario Jordao are pursuing the same objective with great passion and sharing this with students, has immediately attracted the international stage. They are nevertheless very happy to be in Paris to promote dance and culture because they are inseparable. They are therefore the main teachers of the "Esmeralda SCHOOL COMPANY".
Saley (New Jersey) Bio Coming Soon
Yasert Ortega (SF) Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata, kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters. He teaches in the Bay Area on a regular basis.